From A Hornpipe To A Stash Rack: A Crafty Teenager Turns Out to Be a Tireless Doc at a Landscape Tool Shop

Garrett Peck is a professional shop mechanic with years of heavy machinery, hydraulic, tank and truck repair experience. Garrett has always been fascinated with skilled craftsmanship. He found his true love on the landscape…

From A Hornpipe To A Stash Rack: A Crafty Teenager Turns Out to Be a Tireless Doc at a Landscape Tool Shop

Garrett Peck is a professional shop mechanic with years of heavy machinery, hydraulic, tank and truck repair experience.

Garrett has always been fascinated with skilled craftsmanship. He found his true love on the landscape of agricultural counties and rivers.

Tahlequah County in Oklahoma sits in the middle of taconite production country and has become an increasingly popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for the best opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping and more.

Since Garrett worked hard to help a member of the family farm, he found himself stuck in a lumber shop making simple designs that would never do justice on a chain saw.

The day Garrett offered to make a handle for a chain saw is a day he will never forget. It was one that changed the future of his family’s business.

The family was in need of work and Garrett’s first project was turning a chain saw handle into a handle for a pheasant blind. When the darkness of morning approached and it became necessary to open the blind and move back in there to hunt, Garrett understood the gravity of the task ahead.

In order to take advantage of the team that comes together to make a farm’s bearcat safe, Garrett needed a short cut to helping get open the blind and back to the electric outlet.

Luckily, Garrett had looked into hardware store accessory boxes, where he found more than a few kits that would provide him with a tool kit at no additional cost to the farmer’s efforts.

He knew that just being a student mechanic would not bring him the opportunities he needed to help the farmer. He decided that he needed to take a break from studying to go work with the vision of becoming a mechanic.

But there was a catch. He could not move out of the house.

He could not leave the car he used to go to work. For more than a decade he drove the family trusty car every day, keeping the customer satisfaction and the future of the family business in his mind.

But one day the customer’s complaint arrived in the mail. The replacement hand worked just as Garrett designed it. It turned out, one of the finest examples of hand-irrigated stream irrigation had finally made it to Garrett’s shop. He decided to take this opportunity and his opportunity to be a mechanic to his next level of craftsmanship.

Garrett started to build the tools for another farmer and brought in his brother, Matthew, to help build a left-hand outlet hand. They searched for the missing link that would allow them to build out a walk-through cower apparatus.

The end result was complete.

The engineering challenge proved that Garrett knew what he was doing and that he had mastered the importance of human movement to ensure safety and success. But he knew the need to bring in his brother to finish the walk-through cower made the tools even more satisfying.

Garrett and Matthew have collaborated on multiple projects, some for friends, some for the farmer, and every project continues to grow in a way that has deepened their bond and earned new respect for their skills and determination.

Garrett had discovered his true passion, learning new techniques that make welding, power pulling and screwing in gears easy. He discovered he needed to move from taking part in his father’s business to becoming its own business and is now growing his steel shop and growing his customer base in the process.

To keep his family’s trusty car in safe hands, he decided to move out of the house and open a used auto shop.

Mark Perry works at Timberworks B&B outside of Keystone City, Oklahoma. You can email him at [email protected]

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