Artisan Care

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Blog entry by Christian Holihan posted 03-25-2014 06:46 PM 1669 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started woodworking last spring, I thought I may build a few things, be better equipped to sand something and that was about all. What I did not anticipate was a growing passion that has continued to challenge and teach me new lessons.

The thought of being able to build high quality items for my home has become a reality but I have realized how short sighted that is.

I have decide to create a non-profit organization called Artisan Care.

What could happen if craftspeople of every discipline came together to create heirloom quality home goods for people who have none? Nobody deserves particle board.

What would it mean to a family without a dining room table to have a place for their family to gather? I am not talking about a quick-fix, band aid, but a piece of furniture that a family can be proud of.

It is simple idea:

1. Find a low income family in need.
2. Organize a group of local woodworkers to come together for a few weekends and build a dining room table.
3. Donate to family.

I really believe this could benefit a lot of people. We are finalizing our first family, have funding for this first project, picked our first design, finalizing the workshop to use and getting the ducks in a row.

What are your thoughts or ideas?

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 07:33 PM

I like this idea. Once I get profficient enough I had been thinking I could make and then give pieces to our St Vincent de Paul Society. It would give me a never ending destination for projects and may help some folks at the same time. I applaud you using your hobby to help, very cool.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Christian Holihan

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 07:50 PM

I hope to create communities where learning can happen, as the build happens. You could show up to a local build and participate with people of various skill levels.

-- Nobody deserves particle board |

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 09:41 PM

Very interesting idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Christian Holihan

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 05:53 PM

So after a lot of planning, we have completed our first build. I learned a lot from this first one and can’t wait to do it again this spring!

Have a look at the results:

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