The timing of this thread is ironic.
A recent conversation with Diver Dan has me thinking about turning my own handles for a spey rod I'm planning to build. After pondering this thought for a couple days I decided to check the local 'for sale site' (regional ads) today and low and behold what do I find? a beautiful older model wood lathe that just so happens to be down the road 2 miles from me.
The gal said it was her husbands lathe and he passed away in November. She had it advertised for $500.00 but dropped the price to $300.00 when she found out I live in the same town. I think she thought it would be a quick sell because I would not need to move it very far. I told her that I needed to discuss it with my wife first.
Well, my wife is skeptical, for some silly reason she thinks I don't need another toy, and that the money would be better spent elsewhere.
Now for the "scheming part".....as some of you know I own/operate a landscape maint company.
This lady doesn't seem to be hurting for money and runs a dental lab out of her basement. She told me she works 12-15 hrs a day monday-Friday and that leaves Saturday as the only day for doing yardwork and that's not very appealing to her, so she asks for a bid on weekly maint. I do a walkaround and give her my price. (including a free aeration and Spring fert just to sweeten the deal).
She wants to think about it for the weekend, but it looks like maybe I have picked up a new acct and will be getting my lathe afterall.