I gather from various posts both on POTUS and on the main board that I am not the only one here who gets a certain pleasure in physical labor or takes pride in working with my hands. I am currently competing in a fairly intense wildlife photo contest ( www.wildlifeinfocus.org ) and have been spending quite a bit of time running waterlines and building blinds. I have a hammer that I have had since I was in grad school. It is nothing special as hammers go, just a regular 16 oz hammer with a straight claw, fiberglass handle, and a rubber grip. I bought it to drive fence staples and ground the striking face a tiny bit concave to facilitate that. I believe that it is probably my oldest hand tool. Both times that my tools have been stolen, somehow it escaped (probably because one uses a hammer to work and it isn't worth much at a pawn shop). I have carried it to various locations around Texas and into Oklahoma and am pretty amazed that I have never left it on the rear bumper of the truck or just laid it down somewhere and forgotten it. By simple virtue of perseverance, it has become one of my prized possessions. It fits my hand and there is really something almost transcendent about a well struck nail. Well, last week after laying the floor and putting up the walls on a pit blind, I couldn't find the hammer (we were using a nail gun to do most of the construction). I searched everywhere I could remember having the hammer and couldn't find it. I was sure that I must have laid it down and decked over it (and there was no pulling up the floor). I was pretty unhappy. Well, I still had more construction to do, so finally bought a new cheap hammer at Lowes yesterday. No sooner had I gotten home than I had to get something out of my secondary toolbox, and lo and behold, there was my old friend. I was wondering what brand the old hammer was (the new one is Kobalt) and so I looked all over it and couldn't find a brand, but molded into the butt, it did say in big letters (guess what?) MADE IN THE USA!!! (Kobalt comes from China). Just a little tale about nothing, but finding that hammer really made me smile. Using the nail gun is fast, but I still like the feel of striking a nail dead on.