For me, this is Donald Williams, recently retired senior furniture conservator at the Smithsonian's Museum conservation Institute. Don was there in the beginning of the development of this profession. He has trained many of the "top drawer" furniture conservators in the country and developed many of his own conservation techniques and genius solutions for some of the most valuable wooden objects in our museums. He truly is the Don of dons, the lord of solvation.
This week Julia and I had the honor of hosting Don at our house for a few days. He has posted a little about the visit at his blog here: Don's Barn
These few days spent with him were such a blessing to us. We found ourselves to be cut from the same cloth. We had a great few days of discussion on a wide variety of topics. We found ourselves almost finishing each other's sentences. It was delightful.
While he was here, I made sure to take Don to both the Hull's Cove Tool Barn and the Liberty Tool Company. Don didn't seem to find much of what was on his list. I however found a handful of items I had been waiting to pick up. I got a decent antique saw vise, a nice 19th Century 10" carcass saw, and a Miller's Falls eggbeater to replace the off brand junk one I've been using. There were also a few antique bits and chisels I found.
Don seemed almost as excited about the story's potential as I am. He really pushed me to pursue this research.
All in all the trip was too short. We had an excellent time. Eden loved looking at Don's plethora of flashlights, Julia loved discourse about Sally Fallon and natural living, and me... I of course loved the talk of the trade. To top it off, our spiritual fellowship with Don was sweet.
We can't wait for his visit next year. We are already making plans. Thanks, Don. We cherish friendships like this one.