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Updated: 06/17/2017 11:50:00AM

A Father’s Day story

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SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Master carpenter Phil Baker in his workshop. Baker restored many of New England's finest colonial homes since the 1950's, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Wayside Inn after a fire took the ballroom, the 1640 Whipple Home in Ipswitch, Mass, Clock House in Colonial Williamsburg, and President Franklin Pierce's Homestead in Concord, N.H.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Master carpenter Phil Baker in his workshop. Baker restored many of New England's finest colonial homes since the 1950's, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Wayside Inn after a fire took the ballroom, the 1640 Whipple Home in Ipswitch, Mass, Clock House in Colonial Williamsburg, and President Franklin Pierce's Homestead in Concord, N.H.

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The 1842 Henry Disston back saw in the foreground is one of 650 in Venice resident Phil Baker's collection, one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Master carpenter Phil Baker, 85, in his workshop. Baker restored many of New England's finest colonial homes since the 1950's, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Wayside Inn after a fire took the ballroom, the 1640 Whipple Home in Ipswitch, Mass, Clock House in Colonial Williamsburg, and President Franklin Pierce's Homestead in Concord, N.H.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

The 1842 Henry Disston back saw in the foreground is one of 650 in Venice resident Phil Baker's collection, one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Master carpenter Phil Baker in his workshop. Baker restored many of New England's finest colonial homes since the 1950's, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Wayside Inn after a fire took the ballroom, the 1640 Whipple Home in Ipswitch, Mass, Clock House in Colonial Williamsburg, and President Franklin Pierce's Homestead in Concord, N.H.

Phil Baker, master carpenter, reaches for a butcher saw among his collection. Behind Baker are some of the 650 back saws in his collection.

Phil Baker, master carpenter, reaches for a butcher saw among his collection. Behind Baker are some of the 650 back saws in his collection.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Holding a portion of a window frame from the historic Lord-Higel House is an expert in restoration, Phil Baker. Baker offered to restore all the windows in the Lord-Higel House.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Holding a portion of a window frame from the historic Lord-Higel House is an expert in restoration, Phil Baker. Baker offered to restore all the widows in the Lord-Higel House.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Phil Baker's collection of butcher saws. Each is labeled with manufacturer information, a physical description of parts, and dated.

SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Phil Baker's collection of butcher saws. Each is labeled with manufacturer information, a physical description of parts, and dated.

By GREG GILES

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Not every father can take a son who didn’t like school and who refused to go to college and turn him into a master carpenter and nationally recognized Colonial restoration expert.

That’s Phil Baker’s story.

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