Tom Law was born in Washington, D.C., to Preston E. Law Sr. and Gertrude E. (Rowe) Law. As a youth, he studied at Corcoran Art School in D.C. and graduated in 1956 from Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Va. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1956 to 1960 as an electrician's mate on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. Following military service, he attended journeyman carpentry school and spent his lifelong career working as a carpenter, cabinet maker and home builder. He moved to Smithsburg, Md., in 1994 with his wife Sandra and their children, where he was an active member of the Smithsburg Historical Society until his death.
For several years, Tom was a contributing editor for Fine Homebuilding Magazine and made several workshop videos for Taunton Press. He was an antique tool collector and known nationally as the "Saw Man" for his tireless collecting and hand sharpening of old Americana hand saws. Tom was an expert Civil War re-enactor drummer who played in various fife and drum corps for 32 years. He handcrafted and sold custom built new drums and restored and repaired original Civil War drums. He competed for 36 years in Civil War musket team competitions with the North-South Skirmish Association as Commander of the 3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment, CSA.
Mr. Law is survived by his wife Sandra (Rohrback) Law; their two children, Allen T. Law and Anna L. Law; two children from a previous marriage to Patricia Ann (Gardner) Cupit, a son Dennis A. Law and a daughter Melissa Law-Judge and husband Adam. Mr. Law was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Law. Additionally, he is survived by a brother, Preston E. Law Jr. and wife Maida of Hagerstown; a sister, Elizabeth Jane Law Wiggins of Laurel, Md.; half brothers, Peter R. Law and David A. Law, both of Cape Canaveral, Fla., John H. Law and wife Lorraine and Roger W. Law, all of Camden, S.C.; stepmother, Mary Katherine "Kitty" Law of Camden, and numerous beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Tom will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Willow Brook Seventh-day Adventist Church Boonsboro, Md.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Tom to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation at 7 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, where a scholarship fund will be developed in his name for the Summer Visual Arts Camp.
Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home Smithsburg.
Thomas Leslie Law
JUNE 26, 1938-JULY 18, 2012
Thomas Leslie Law (Submitted photo / July 24, 2012)