One of the essentials of violin makers has long been to have their tools super sharp. No matter how skilled they are, they can’t create great instruments without help from their precision tools.
A few years ago, when I thought we were ready to throw out a treadmill, Phil just could not part with its variable speed motor “just in case.”
Since then, he turned the motor (along with the control panel) into a tool-sharpening machine. Yes, you probably could find a similar item at internet sites such as eBay or Amazon, but I love the fact Phil always comes up with the brightest ideas/gadgets out of something that seems almost useless to others like me.