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RayRay



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I met Tom over on a Steel site years ago. I was so impressed with his work...even early on it was great.
After quite a while I I finally got him to come over to the Ranch with his talent.
He told me that he just didn't think his steel work would fit in here...but he eventually gave in as you all know...I was so pleased he came. And he was so well received as I knew he would be.
He told me later that it was the very best thing he could have done...he truly enjoyed coming here and being a part of the Ranch! He thought a lot of everyone here.
I was using Tru-oil when we met...but he taught me a LOT and I will NEVER forget it. He was so free with his ever growing knowledge and skills!
He was an artist and a kind, enjoyable Man in every respect!
He will be missed so much and I think I speak for everyone.
He's probably shooting Tru-oil on all the harps and maybe installing custom pickups now...I'm sure He's got a handle on it!

RIP Tom...God Speed and God Bless!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is truly saddening!
I have several of his instruments as wallpaper on my computer and I don't even play steel guitar. The man was a true artist and craftsman.

Rest In Peace Tom.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom was indeed a couple steps above most of us in his builds.
He will be missed here. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is so sad. I was just admiring one of his builds on Facebook! RIP Tom! You will be missed. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a shame. He was an amazing craftsman. RIP
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am so sad to read this news.

Tom's work is inspirational.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad. His builds inspired me to make my first and only lap steel. A tremendous builder.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn. I don't know spit about lap steel, but I always wanted to buy one of his guitars.

Godspeed, Tom.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sorry to hear about Tom. I always enjoyed his builds - a truly gifted man.
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