Matthew Agate #2: A Humbled Child

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Blog entry by MichaelAgate posted 03-13-2012 03:13 PM 6027 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: 10 year old Matthew - Building a Mere Mortal Folding Step Stool Part 2 of Matthew Agate series Part 3: Re-Saw »

Hi everyone,

I was giving MsDebbie, an update on Matthew, and where things have taken him. She asked me to share it with you all, so I will add it to the initial blog I put up on Matthew.

Since adding Matthew’s first video to youtube, Matthew has been getting hit after hit on his youtube page. There are some key people that I can attribute to the success thus far. Let me start in order

Debbie found Matthew’s video on G+ and asked if she could add it to LJ’s, I was more than happy to give her the big ok, and in very short order, though the support of the LJ community, you all began watching Matthews video, driving his hit count up dramatically,

not to far behind Debbie adding to LJ’s. The WoodWhisperer added Matthews video to his site. Marc has a huge following as we all know and the hits began climbing on higher on youtube.

Marc’s mom watched the video and sent an email along the lines of Matthew reminding her of Marc as a little boy, she prompted us for our mailing address and sent Matthew some fine WW swag! Matthew received, a WW tshirt, WW pencils, WW pens, WW stickers, WW Notepad, and a WW measuring tape. Matthew was just beside him self.

Next we have Mr. Laney Shaughnessy from A Simple Design of Ocala. Laney is one of Matthews favourites to watch on youtube. The infinity mirror by Laney is what got Matt hooked. Laney, has promoted not only one of Matthews videos but all of Matthews videos on his web site. He has been such a solid supporter of Matthew. Laney also donated the initial funds to get Matthews web page The Newfoundland WoodWorker up and running. Laney has also spent time on the phone with Matthew answering questions on the Infinity Mirror. Guiding Matthew in the best way to attack the build. Laney also has a special video with Matthew coming out very soon, between now and Friday I do believe. I like to call Laney “Sharing Caring Father Laney” The guy is just so giving.

Next, we have the immortal mortal Steve Ramsey, Matthew made his folding step stool. This project was a little more challenging the the rocking horse and also introduced Matthew into power tools. A very nice Neighbour, Mr. P. Offered Matthew his workshop, to complete his step stool, as we have not obtained a table saw as of yet. We’re saving for it though. So back to Steve; Steve posted Matthews video on his site and the hits started rolling in again.

Next, WoodMagazine featured Matthews video on their Facebook Page, Busy Bee tools sent Matthew a comment on his NLWW facebook page, stating “what and inspiration he is”. Then, LumberJocks featured him in the eMag for best video of the month.

Next we have the great Charles Neil. When Mattew’s friends ask who Charles Neil is, Matthew says, “Well, put it this way. Mr. Neil, is the woodworking equivalent of Justin Bieber” LOL. Charles, tweeted about Matthews video and though we have not reached the nearly 5000 hits the rocking horse acheived, the video has reached a whole new host of followers, and the hits are climbing. One such follower Kenny Eaton, fellow lumber jock from Maine, contacted us wishing to donate a restored smothing plane to Matthew’s very limited tool collection. Matthew was so excited over this. Kenny does Machinist work as well as woodworking and he has made some fantastic tools. From what I hear, Charles Neil uses a Kenny Eaton Doweling plate.

If I could step back to Charles for a minute. This guy is just the real deal, he contacted Myself and Matthew by email stating his pride in Matthews work. This meant so much to Matthew. Then, get this, Saturday morning, the phone rings, and who is on the line? Charles Neil! Matthew was beside himself once again. For a kid who watches Charles on youtube, making the 5 board bench video, the pie safe series, and other classic Neil videos; Matthew felt as if he was talking to a celebrity. Then again, to Matthew, Mr. Neil is a celebrity. I’m sure he is to allot of us as well! Mr. Neil, spent about 45 minutes on that call. (I was just as excited as Matthew )

Next, we get a call from The Telegram this is our province wide paper. Click the link to read the story. Matthew made the FRONT page of the weekend paper. You could only imagine what this did for Matthew. He’s just a down to earth child. Fame is not getting in the way of his personality, well not yet anyhow.

They also did a short video on him right here
I see a comment there from Stumpy Nubs and one from Charles Neil as well.

Due to the article, I received a phone call from a resident a few towns over wishing to donate a scroll saw to Matthew. within an hr from the initial call, Matthew was making sawdust with his brand new Ryobi Scroll Saw. His first project? A replica of his rocking horse,

The build process was much faster with his new scroll saw. I aided him with the sanding of the profile, but i was totally surprised that he stayed away from the lines and manages to not cut into the pattern. Once he had it finished and assembled, I asked what he was going to do with 2 rocking horses, his reply, “I want to give this one to the people that bought me my scroll saw.” So after dinner on Saturday, we drive over and Matt hands them his appreation, he signed the seat with “To Mr. and Mrs. O’keefe, thanks so much for the scroll saw. This is my first project with it. Thank You.

He really enjoys the saw, as he can use it without parental assistance. Not recommendatory but you will gage what your kids can handle and Matthew is capable of handling the scroll saw. example picture below. Last night, I went in his room, and besides the 4×4x1/4 sheet of oak he cut up on me. he was making a Steve Good pattern cut out.

So there it is, Matthew is one happy camper, so much support from everyone and awaiting another article to appear in our local paper this week.

He is a mini celebrity here in our small town and gaining a following on facebook, youtube, g+, and twitter. He has more buddy requests on LJ than I do my self. lol.

Thank you so much everyone for the support. You could never fully understand how much this had helped Matthew in so many ways. His mother and I are very touched by all the comments you all leave.

Kindest Regards,

Michael Agate

-- Michael and Matthew

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 03:34 PM

that is SO awesome!!
Matthew is great; family is great; and all the woodworkers out there – great!!!

Congratulations Matthew on this well-deserved appreciation of your work.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 04:01 PM

Weill if that doesnt make papa proud i dont know what will. Matthew, you keep it up buddy and some day you’ll be the one calling people like Charles did for you. We’re all really proud of you!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 05:45 PM

What an outstanding article, this post is… Matthew way to go, and that scroll saw cutout of the cat looks very good..Nicely done. I want to thank you for all the kind words you say about me, but it goes both ways. You have been a good friend and inspiration.. Speaking of Inspiration..that is the title of my next video.. And I do believe Matthew is making a guest appearance :O) Congratulations Kiddo, you are on your way!!! Keep up the excellent work, and if you ever need anything…Just ask!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 05:58 PM

Matthew is a real inspiration to everyone that gets touched by him and it is great that he is getting into the woodworking at such an early age.
Keep up the great work Matthew

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 01:14 AM

Matthew, You are a VERY special young man with a lot of talent. Your parents should be very proud of you. The next time you have Charles Neil on the phone, ask him what he was doing when he was your age. Heck, you are already a star at your age.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 12:45 PM

Norm & Tommy, and many other gr8 ones better move over, cuz Matthew is comin to town. You’re already a good woodworker Matthew. You are destined to be a gr8 woodworker. Work & play safe. Keep makin dust.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-14-2012 12:47 PM

Look at that guy scroll!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bill Akins

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#8 posted 03-28-2012 02:34 PM

Wonderful article. I know you are very proud of your son. I love it when mine get into the shop with me. I do believe Mathew is the youngest wood working celebrity out there. I’m excited that you and Matt are following me as well as Marc, Steve, Charles and Laney. You guys keep up the great work. I would like like to see him on a lathe, pen making is a great starter project and everyone loves them as gifts. Looking forward to the future videos.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 03:40 PM

Thanks for the kind comments Bill. He would love the late for sure, we are trying to build up our tools again to what I used to have. Very limited at the moment so we work with what we have. But as we progress i’m sure we will eventually get into the pen turning. who knows :)

Kind regards,

-- Michael and Matthew

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