My Most Satisfying project

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Blog entry by mike02719 posted 02-18-2008 05:08 AM 1223 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My love of woodworking goes back as far as my memory. I have made many satisfying things. I have made fishing plugs that caught monster striped bass. My kids and grandchildren all have many toys that I have made. My house is full of furniture I have made. I have made and sold many items. I am not telling you this to impress anyone. I am simply trying to relate how much satisfaction woodworking has given me. Satisfaction is the engine that drives most of us. Presently, I am being treated for cancer at Mass General Hospital with radiation. My fellow patients range from grumpy old men like me to pathetic young children, who could melt anyone’s heart. I always have a supply of simple finger tops, that are made on my lathe, hanging around to give to neighborhood tots. You should see the smiles I get from some of these poor sick kids at the hospital when I give them a top. I take a pocketful of tops with me every time I go. Sometimes I think I get more enjoyment out of this than the kids do. The thought struck me that these tops are the most valueable, satisfying project I have ever made.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 05:24 AM

Nicely done and keep up the good work. I always felt the best part of woodworking is the gifting process. Thanks for the story and may yours have the happiest of endings.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 09:48 AM

That is a great story. It is neat to see how a hobby and bring joy to somebody else’s day. I hope that it brings healing to you as well.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 10:15 AM

May God bless you and all of the recipients that you touch with your kindness.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 11:40 AM

And everyone said . . . Amen! Know that you are in my prayers!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#5 posted 02-18-2008 12:26 PM

wishing you the best , its a great thing you are doing

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#6 posted 02-18-2008 01:02 PM

Mike, I too am wishing you the best. God sometimes seems to lay heavy burdens on us but it is true that He gives us no more that we can bear. You are in my prayers as well.

Thanks for the story. I am sure that you have touched and influenced many lives through your unselfish gifts. There is no greater gift than simply giving of ourselves and our time. These small gifts that you present to the children appear to have brightened their difficult days immeasurably. Your are truly blessed to be able to share like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-19-2008 12:39 AM

Well done my friend, well done. I admire what your doing with the kids. I wish you the best!!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 02-19-2008 12:54 AM

Mike you are a true trooper, I admire your ability to find true happiness in making others happy during your troubled times. God Bless and good luck!

-- Oscar in Missouri

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 03:15 AM

Mike, good for you, I think its great that you are doing this for the kids. I also wish you luck with your own treatment. If you ever run out of tops and need a hand turning some more let me know.

IAN, Acushnet ma.

-- woodturners keep things spinning.

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#10 posted 02-19-2008 03:17 AM

How beautiful … you are fighting a battle, but you worry more about those around you. What a kind and generous man you must be. God bless you.

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#11 posted 02-21-2008 02:47 AM

Thanks to all for your responses and prayers. Mine is a win/win situation. I am being treated and I am enjoying the fruits of my labor with my tops.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#12 posted 02-21-2008 05:01 AM


I think that God put you in to position you’re in for a purpose and I think it is to bring small but VERY important rays of happiness into others lives. You are proving yourself to be one of God’s angels on earth. Thank you for what you do for those kids.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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