My maternal Grandfather

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He died 37 years ago but Francis Dacre Coats was a hard working man who fought in both world wars. In WW1 he was in the Scottish Highlanders until it was discovered he was a time served cabinet maker and was immediately transferred to the Air Corp to work on the wooden bi-planes, which was where he learnt the skills necessary to be a motor mechanic, which was his chosen profession from then on. When he retired he took up oil painting as a hobby but occasionally reverted back to working with wood in both cabinet making and marquetry. below is a photograph one of his marquetry landscapes which I have always admired
 

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Love it Topper, obviously a man of talent.
 

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Now I do like that. Thanks for posting the photo Topper.
 

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As mentioned in post #1 my grandfather also liked oil painting, so I snapped a few of his paintings for posterity, some are better than others, and generally you can tell the ones where the macular degeneration and glaucoma began to kick in forcing him to stop his hobby of painting
 

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