If you're lucky enough to have a dad who loves woodworking, you have a wealth of ideas to choose from at gift-giving time. Woodworkers at all levels of skill and experience enjoy getting their hands on the latest interesting gadgets, reading about new projects to build, and unleashing their creativity on unusual and exotic woods.
Just about every man carries a pocketknife, but a real woodworker carries a pocket saw. What makes the Bosch brand of folding pocket-sized saw particularly clever is the fact that it is compatible with a range of blades intended to fit power tools like sabre saws and reciprocating saws. Give your dad one of these ingenious little gadgets, and he can swap out blades as needed, ensuring he always has the right saw at the right time. Another small tool that adds a smooth touch of elegance to the discerning woodworker's pocket is a 6-foot retracting tape measure encased in beautiful polished wood.
A new woodworking book is always a welcome gift for the carpenter in the family. Whether it's a comprehensive reference he'll turn to again and again, like The Woodworker's Complete Shop Reference by J. Churchill, or a specialty guide focusing on a particular interest, such as The Art of Turned Bowls by Richard Raffan, or 400 Wood Boxes by Veronika Alice Gunter, your dad will love receiving the gift of inspiration and knowledge. A magazine subscription is also a thoughtful and lasting gift; choose from among dozens of respected woodworking publications, such as “Fine Woodworking” or “Popular Woodworking.”
Check the stock at your local woodworkers' supply shop for pieces of unusual and exotic wood varieties in a range of shapes and sizes. Your dad might never splurge on a piece of zebrawood, purpleheart or cocobolo for himself, but he will be thrilled to receive it as a gift, along with a dispensation from you to shape it as his heart desires.
Whichever way you choose to honor your dad's favorite hobby, he is sure to appreciate the thought that went into choosing this gift just for him.