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Old 08-07-2017, 02:20 PM
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Default Clay Cook

Hi All,

just found out trough facebook that Clay Cook past away from a long battle with cancer.

RIP my friend...
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:04 PM
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I believe there is a place in Pullmax heaven for him
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:25 PM
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Clay was always very nice & professional with me. Hate to hear this news.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:27 PM
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I am very thankful that I had a chance to attend one of Clay's classes. Everything that he did was first class and I had much respect for what he accomplished in his short life. We lost a good man, Dan
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:31 AM
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Through Fay Butler, Dad and I met Clay and from there a lifelong friendship ensued. Clay helped Pop rebuild his Yoder and die collection, and Pop always made it a point to stop by Erlanger and bring some signs for his shop. I was fortunate enough to work for him on some cool projects and have always been appreciative of his mentoring. Clay's talents will certainly be missed.

Godspeed, my friend.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:22 AM
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I was able to spend some time with Clay at THE tent meeting in Robinson,IL (2004?). He made a comment that has stuck with me. As we were standing watching someone test drive one of his machines he told me: " Most everybody runs their CP style hammers with way too much pressure." I listened and learned. I have run mine at times with pressure as low as 15 psi.
We also had something in common. We both road raced vintage sports cars.
And, of course, I bought some tools from him. He was a nice soft spoken man. It was a privilege to have met him. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:40 AM
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I too, had the privilege of spending time with Clay. I attended two of his classes and purchased my P7 from him as well. It was his personal machine that he used in the shop. I travelled often past his shop in Erlanger and would often stop and he was kind enough to let me park my motorhome inside his fenced area. We often chatted about the design process on his roadster. I have no idea how that car turned out.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:30 AM
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Whenever I spoke to Clay he was curious about some tool or application. He made great contributions to keeping both the CP hammers and the Pullmax in popular usage. He will be much missed.

"All it takes is a little practical experience to blow the he!! out of a perfectly good theory." --- Lloyd Rosenquist, charter member AWS, 1919.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:46 PM
Peter Tommasini Peter Tommasini is offline
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I never had the pleasure to meet Clay, but I heard that he was a very talented man, it's very sad to hear the news.... The trade has lost a very talented person

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Old 08-12-2017, 01:58 AM
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I got the sad news too, I never had the chance to meet Clay in person but we had a active chat about Pullmax toolings for a long time.

Im always impressed by guys who turning out top pieces without much noise, clay was one of them.

The best word of wisdom from him was when he wrote "keep your sharing at a low level, you will never get the credit for their copys" and since then I do it like most, just show the magic, not the " magic wand"

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