Colonel Basil Barr Colonel Basil Barr (1984)         Thunder in the Tale
. . . the Apprenticeship

- My service under the Colonel -

From 1977 to 1987 my late teens and early twenties were steeped in an old Appalachian mountain culture.The cabinet shop where I apprenticed for 8 of those 10 years was founded in 1872 by Felix Barr after he walked from Jefferson, NC to Galax, VA, bought a lathe head and tail stock, strapped it on his back and walked home. When I arrived in 1979, Barr Cabinet Shop was owned and run by his son Basil Barr. He was 85 years old and referred to by some as "Colonel", which had been his retiring rank from the army.

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