If I had a hammer….

There are loads and loads of famous carpenters out there.  Like… Bernard Hauptmann, the guy who was sentenced to death for kidnapping Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s baby in “The Crime of the Century.”
Or, another is Edmund Spangler, also known as Edman, Edward, and Ned Spangler.   He was an alleged conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and had worked at Ford’s Theatre at the time of Abraham Lincoln’s murder. During the Civil War, he came to Washington, D.C. and began working as a carpenter and scene shifter at Ford’s Theatre.

The list goes on and on…….and who knew….. really?

Yes, many famous Mr. Fix-Its, Builders, Craftsmen.  I met a guy today who was the great-grandson of Thadeus Sprockmorton, of Charleston, SC.  Legend had it that this guy could pound 10 nails into a floorboard with his forehead in under a minute.  “Hammerhead Thad” is what they called him.  People would come from miles around to watch him perform this curiosity.  As you can image… old Throckmorton got a little punchy from this activity.  He passed out ten times an hour.  Lost his memory in the left side of his brain, the hearing in his left ear, and the vision in his left eye.  From then on, he kept saying he was all right. But alas.  It was plain to see that his talents had cost him much.  Everything had left him.

He went on to develop a product called “Thad’s Miracle Cure.  One spoonful and the vapors will be gone for good!”  Never sold a bottle.  He lost his memory too.  Thad wandered off one day, and no one ever heard from him again.    Somebody should have bought this guy a hammer…. or a helmet.  Curiously, Throckmorton’s son invented the “Power Nailer” also known as a nail gun, in the mid-1950s.    Remarkable.

46 thoughts on “If I had a hammer….

  1. Is the little guy in the picture from the same pottery as the little lamb? You know, the blind man picked up his hammer and saw. And a “ten penny nail” does NOT cost ten cents.

  2. It IS a Tremar Pottery figure. I bought him, and a few others on ebay. This one came all the way from Canada. The lady moved here from England. She owned the entire set of this series… and decided to sell them. I lucked in to this auction…. for sure.

    Nailed it.

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