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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 06-27-2013 12:26 PM 2717 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June 27/13

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the year-end teacher’s event at my daughter’s school. The host of the event was also their shop (etc) teacher who was also retiring.

His house, which he built himself, is a straw bale house, is off the grid, and has some very amazing features, such as a “river” of wood that runs the length of the second level. Sorry – no pictures of this, I didn’t have my camera at the time – but the winding slabs of wood were pieced together highlighting the extraordinary patterns of lines in the wood. Just amazing. (Someone said the wood was sumac. Don’t know for sure.)

Anyway.. outside I was sitting at a picnic table that he had built (one of several) and I overheard him telling that it was an experiment. No matter where you sit the table it can be adjusted so that the table is always level. Here is a somewhat blurring picture of the base, showing the 4 different adjustments that can be made.

After the meal there were the stories about his career and the things he had done with his students and for the school. One story was of a full-size house that the class built on the front lawn of the school. When complete it was moved and is now someone’s home. Pretty impressive class project, don’t you think??? !!

Just wanted to share—the cool idea for the picnic table – and the inspirational story of a woodworker/teacher.

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

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#1 posted 06-27-2013 12:44 PM

Great story Debbie. I’m sure there are a lot of unsung woodworker heroes like him around. I hope you talked him into joining LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-27-2013 12:48 PM

I didn’t get a chance to speak with him … it was a very busy event. I should have arranged an interview with him and taken pictures of all the special components of his place. I think I heard that he had a special oven for baking bread in one of the buildings on the property.

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

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#3 posted 06-27-2013 01:10 PM

Well make a connection, because he’ll have lots of time now that he’s retired (Right!!)

Great post.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-27-2013 01:59 PM

Do not know if he will have lots of time, but being a teacher, he might welcome a chance to teach someone
or a group of woodworkers something. Never hurts to ask, and he might say yes, now if MsDebbie can just
find the time to chase him down. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 06-27-2013 02:05 PM

It sounds like you had a lots of fun, MsDebbie. I’m trying to imagine what his house looks like. Maybe he will let you post some pictures of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-27-2013 02:09 PM

Thnx for sharing that. He sounds like a gr8 craftsman.

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

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#7 posted 06-27-2013 02:48 PM

Sure sounds like a very creative and imaginative person. It is always good to meet people that are unique in their thoughts of design. I hope you do get him to do an interview and who knows, he just might become a new Lumberjock member.

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#8 posted 06-27-2013 04:17 PM

i also want to encourage you to meet with him and maybe get pictures and an interview, would love to see it and read it…thank you for posting this..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 06-27-2013 04:20 PM

Debbie there are a lot of clever people around
Problem is folk just look at the bad ones.
It is a pity though when the great ones retire. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 06-27-2013 04:38 PM

What an amazing teacher – he must have inspired a lot of students in his time. I’d love to hear more about him and the projects he had the students do. Thanks for sharing Debbie.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#11 posted 06-27-2013 04:45 PM

I’ll look into getting an interview (and photos)
as to him joining, I don’t think so—one of the things he said that he doesn’t do is “computers”.

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

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#12 posted 06-27-2013 06:03 PM


Did you invite this person to LumberJocks?

Sounds like some one that would enjoy the group and like-wise…

Nice story…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 06-27-2013 06:55 PM

Thanks for the post, MsDebbieP. It’s encouraging that some school systems still find funding for “non-essential” classes like shop. Heaven forbid someone develop a skill outside of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Well . . . that or sports. I look forward to the interview. I hope you can arrange something.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#15 posted 06-28-2013 12:19 AM

Don’t give up on getting him to join LJ. I had NEVER touched a computer before LJ.

And it appears he has a lot to offer!

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

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