Last week I completed a simple chisel rack to hold my chisels on the wall behind my bench. It’s just a couple pieces of purpleheart to hold two rows of chisels. I showed this picture to my coworker as a way to prove that I am once again active in woodworking.
I expected her to have questions about the chisels, but instead, she mentioned the color combination. She said she thought I was a Colts fan, and then asked why I had chosen the Purple wood and Gold screws.
She told me of being a girl growing up in Minnesota at a time when both the Vikings and the Lakers still played there, and both teams wore purple and gold. I smiled, and went on to explain that the purple wood was not dyed but happens to grow that color in South America. (On the inside I thought how wonderful it would be if there was a tree that had wood the color of Indianapolis Colts Blue. Hmmmmm….)
The only shocking part about the chisel rack I made last week is that it is too small to hold my entire collection of chisels. It has room for eight feet of side-by-side chisels, yet I still have others that stay boxed up and sitting on shelves. I don’t apologize for that. I just truly LOVE chisels. I always have. I always will.