Many years ago as a neophyte woodworker, but 12 years his senior, I spent two years replicating the Williamsburg Masterwork's Coates Family side-chair. Frequent trips between Florida and Colonial Williamsburg were made while learning the requisite classical design and hand crafting skills. Each trip represented an interruption to a busy schedule that Jay graciously accepted with cheer and masterful guidance. I learned to love that guy and will never forget his kindness to this thankful friend. He is missed.
I just learned of Jay's passing. Though not a tool collector, per se, I got to know and enjoy Jay's intellect and knowledge of tools through the EAIA's Grants in Aid Committee. His calm demeanor as chair of the Grants in Aid Committee brought out the best in each one on the Committee. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jay Gaynor. May he be well.
Jay will be so missed by so many. CWF & EAIA will just not be the same without him. I always cherished his comments about my work or the latest addition to my collection. I am so glad we spent some time together in May but so saddened to realize it was the last time after knowing him nearly 30 years. My thoughts are with Jane and his family.
What a huge loss for CW as well as jays friends, coworkers, and family. He was an inspiration and a man who live bed sharing his love and knowledge of history.