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The Carpenter family outside Central Texas Tools Co.Texas Country Reporter turns fifty in October 2022. Each week until then, we’ll share classic episodes from the show’s history and behind-the-scenes reflections from TCR’s creator and host, Bob Phillips. It used to be, if you wanted to learn a trade, you found a master in whatever it was you wanted to do and signed up to be an apprentice. That is, if your daddy or granddaddy didn’t teach you how to do it first. But Pierce Carpenter is one guy who got the best of both worlds.On the day we visited Central Texas Tool Co. in Abilene back almost a decade ago, Pierce was busy learning the ins and outs of the family machine shop from his dad, Tommy Carpenter. Tommy learned it from his dad, Tom Carpenter,…

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