In the spirit and memory of my Great-Great Grandfather

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 I am well-seasoned retired union carpenter.  As a young boy I loved nature and woodworking.  If I wasn’t out catching snakes, birds, rabbits, and squirrels I was working in my grandfather’s wood shop.  He was a lineman for PGE and taught me electrical skills.  He always included me in what he was doing.  He built boats, grandfather clocks, furniture-you name it.  He always had a job for me helping and then would brag about how he couldn’t have done it without me. He was very proud of his grandfather “the town blacksmith”.  He told me stories of the many skills his grandfather shared with the town he lived in.  One story was of a nearby mill that had a six-inch diameter by thirty-foot long steel shaft that snapped in half during a bitter cold winter in Nebraska in the late 1800s.  Several men with horses brought it to his shop and set it up over his forge so they could help turn it while he repaired it.  When it got red hot he split the shaft’s broken ends and added a new wedge shaped piece and kept beating it as it turned over the forge melting the three pieces together until it was round.  After it was re-installed the Mill owner swore it ran smoother then when it was new.  He was very kind and giving and only asked payment of whatever he knew they could give as times were hard.  When my great-great grandfather died my grandfather said he’d never seen so many people in the town that came to his funeral, even more than during the state fair.  My grandfather said his grandfather always made time to help him with a project.  As a young boy he helped him build a model airplane.  They painted it bright red and it hung in my great-great grandfathers shop for him to brag about his grandson’s talents until the day he died.  My Grandpa had tears in his eyes when he told me the story, as I do now writing about it.  I am forever grateful to have been loved by such a kind and giving man.

Dan Deulen

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Mr. Deulen,              

 Just a note to let you know how much I am impressed with the 12″ Deulen sharpener that I ordered from you.  This is an excellent jig for my small shop.  I do not do any production work on a large scale.  Just do cabinets, desks and tables for myself and family.  But this jig really shined when I sharpened 6 of my jointer knives and 4 of my planer knives.  Before I got the jig, I thought I was doing a fine job sharpening these knives by hand.  When I did them on the jig, it was easy to see the ridges and valleys that I missed in the hand sharpening.  It was nice to see them come out straight and even.  You did a great job designing and building this jig.  I have already spread the word to my woodworking friends (they are retired wood technology instructors at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where I also taught) who work with me on Habitat for Humanity houses around our community.  Again, this jig is ideal for my purposes where I need to sharpen my knives only once or twice a year.  Nice job!!!!!  Also thanks to Wood Magazine for clueing me onto this tool in their October issue.

John Zuerlein
Menomonie, WI

I recently received the 12″ sharpening jig through your E-Bay site.  I Sharpened 2 sets of 6″ knives that were extremely dull with nicks.  It took about 15 minutes to “sharpen” both sets.  I will get on the 13″ knives this weekend.  I plane walnut, persimmon and sometimes Osage orange along with the softer woods and keeping knives sharp was a pain. Your product is simple to use and does a fantastic job.  Wish I would have thought of this!!

Carl Lawson
Minden, LA

I’m glad to hear business is going well, Dan. And we appreciate your kind words of our review. Ultimately, that’s our goal as a magazine: To inform readers of new products, techniques, and projects that will interest them or enrich their woodworking experience. We still use the set you sent us in our shop to sharpen knives all the time and they still work great


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WOOD Magazine
Dan Deulen

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