Monday, April 25, 2011
Joseph Albert Rivet: what does a barber do in his spare time?
I grew up believing Joseph Albert Rivet, my godfather, knew how to fix everything and do anything. As a young man he learned the craft of a barber and worked in his father's shop on Vliet Street in Cohoes. He could figure things out and was a great carpenter. Before he moved out to California in
Every other day we bagged and carried the wood shavings to Dominic the butcher three doors down the street. Dom threw the shavings over his wooden floor in the butcher shop. Uncle Al taught me to always wet the broom before I swept up the basement floor or we would both suffer the consequences - dirt and dust in the air and in our mouths!
In the 1940s, after WWII and in the 1950s, Uncle Al worked for himself and Miller Electric on Congress Street in Troy. NY. He installed and fixed refrigerators, boilers, electrical motors. He also ran his own business repairing almost anything mechanical.
Everything Uncle Al did or made turned out perfectly.....and cutting the hair of kids was just another thing he did right.
and later there's always a few extra touches
and then relaxing after a job well done