Also don’t forget Patrick’s historical reproduction tin ware. "Tin cup" is
an expression that’s not dead yet. Check out his historical reproduction cups, coffee pots, pitchers,
Pierced Lantern, funnels, one and two cup scoops for the kitchen, flower watering devices, sewing boxes, lamp
fillers, tumblers, oil cans, hanging lamps, flour boxes, dust pans, cream skimmer, "spit cup,"
(personal spittoon for tobacco chewers or smokers portable ash tray) various cans, candle stick Sconce, candle
extinguishers, chandeliers, salt and pepper shakers, vasculum with straps (flower botanical collecting tool to
carry and keep field samples viable by maintaining a cool, humid environment), and something
called "japanned" which is particular kind of painted tin ware,
all hand made and all made in America, out of tin, right here by Madison’s own
For example, while your father is still alive, or to honor him otherwise, one could obtain a pair of his
old work boots. Have them repaired and mounted to a board, as a monument. Add a trophy style label. Then you
could place them on the fireplace mantle or hang it on a wall. For those things you can’t put into words out loud. Acknowledging him,
letting him and everyone else know. His shoes are big shoes to fill. And that you appreciate him and the impact
of his life on this old world. Maybe letting him and everyone else know, you will do your best, to live up to his example.
Turning shoes into a set of book ends are good too... Boots or Baby Shoes.
Old leather work gloves might be good too. Just make sure it’s not
something he still expects to use. Just something to honor the man and his work. When it comes to shopping for a father, its unlikely that he
needs a pocket watch when he's never worn one before. It’s not likely that a father needs a new pair of
shoes, when he has the money and has chosen not to replace them. The same goes for a new tie.
Perhaps instead, just a simple symbolic acknowledgement. Also, instead of mounting an animals head to a board and then to a wall,
one might think about making something with a leather pistol holsters or leather covers for musket rifles, into
a wall mounted ornament. Think of all those old fashioned tools people hang as decorations, this would be no
different, except a bit more macho.
Patrick Cunningham does tin metal work and leather boot & shoe repairs. He's actually been trained in shoe making at Old Sturbridge Village in 1985. Think of all those Civil War re-enactors wearing historically authentic era reproduction shoes and boots. Who fixes those things? Mr. Cunningham of Main Street Cobbler repairs those shoes! He can service your shoes and boots locally or through the mail. Mr. Cunningham's business philosophy includes the idea that payment for services should only be rendered when finished products are in hand and customer satisfaction has been met.
He will work on modern footwear as well, see his example work at his official web site (see link above).