Woodworking For Therapy #11: No Saw Dust This Week, But..........

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 01-31-2014 01:50 AM 1575 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Woodworking For Pain Relief Part 11 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 12: SAFETY BEFORE THERAPY »

Physically this has been a rough week. My Oral Chemo Medicine (which I prefer to call my poison) has kicked my pew warmer pretty hard. Or as we say in Texas, it put a can of whoop butt on me. Actually more like a 55 gallon drum than a can, but…............. like the Apostle Paul said, “I’ve learned to be content in whatever state I find myself in.” Of course Paul had never been to California, but that’s another story.

I may not have made any saw dust but woodworking has still given me energy and motivation to live every day to the fullest, even if most of that day I am in the toilet.

I have had time to watch some great woodworking videos, draw up some plans for future projects, dream about becoming a master woodworker, and correspond with many of you. So it hasn’t been a wasted week.

As you can imagine I’m not a rich man, in the material sense, but I am rich with new friends that I’m connecting with here at LJs. I especially want to give a public thank you to WDHLT15, He mailed me a large box of assorted hardwood pieces to get me started on some real woodworking. The postage alone was more than I can afford right now to buy hard woods and he did it just because he wanted to bless me. Boy did he! I’ve been starring at that wood for three days now dreaming about what I can make with it. That’s a lot more fun than watching glue dry. I can tell that Danny is a humble man and probably wouldn’t want me to tell you all what he did, but sorry Danny, I’ve been bragging on you to the folks at my church so I wanted to let all the LJs know what a special gift from God you have been to me! Others have sent me plans, private messages of encouragement and I just thank God for all of you!

By the way, Danny has a new website up that you should check out. You can trust this man to treat you right. He owns Hamsley Hardwood in Perry, GA. Check his site out and at least send him a message of encouragement. The sites new and I pray that as it develops it will be fruitful.

Today I had a few good hours and I was able to drive out to Homestead Heritage Village talk to one of the instructors, Mark, in their woodworking shop. I saw some beautiful work, got to observe a chip caving class and pick Marks brain for about a half hour. It was great to get out and to be around some real sawdust makers! I took a few pictures that Ill share here, but they don’t do their work justice. Maybe in a future blog I can share more about them. They are only 15 miles from my home.

The student work bench station accommodates two students. They have about seven benches. Most all of their work is done with hand tools.

I loved this box, it all made with hand tools.The dovetails, that probably don’t show in this picture were amazing.All of these pieces were made by the students in various classes.

Today the students were learning chip carving.

This is one of the projects the chip caving students do.

When Judy and I have gone out to the Village for some get away time and lunch we always visit the pottery shop. BTW, the food at their restaurant is outstanding! They grow all their own food, raise the meat and poultry, and even have a grist mill for making all their different kinds of flower and grain products. Here are a couple of shots of the pottery shop where they also give lessons.

Like I said, I didn’t make any sawdust of my own today, but I was blessed seeing what others are doing. All in all, I had a good day, Lord willing, I might make a little sawdust of my own tomorrow. Thank you all for the encouragement you have been giving me!

One more thing before I shut down for the day…........ GO BRONCOS!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 02:07 AM

Good to hear from you again my friend. I’m glad you had that memorable day.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 02:40 AM

Praying for you, brother. Nice of Danny to send you some woodto get sstarted. You can always trust folks from Georgia. Ihave a lot of family in NNorthern Georgia. Great people there. As for California, pray for those native Californians who have been over run by those with different ideals.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 03:06 AM


So glad to see you on here again. Praying for you brother! You mentioned you aren’t a rich man at least materially, and while not scripture, a good quote came to mind…

I am a big M.A.S.H. fan (the old TV series) and one of my all time favorite TV characters is Colonel Sherman T. Potter… He once told Hawkeye “It doesnt matter how much money a man has, if he has family, he’s rich…” I believe the same applies to friends… And you sir have made friends with the one that brings you the best possible of wealth…

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 04:08 AM

Great post, thanks for sharing your struggles and your experiences.

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 04:19 AM

glad to hear you are making the best of your situation. keep on thinking about what to do with the gift of lumber you received, and keep posting when you decide on something!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 01:34 AM

Danny, You are definitely one of the LJ “princes”!

Steve, Good to hear you are keeping your chin up. Nothing like free wood from a friend to motivate you to do your best. We will expect to see the results of Danny’s gift when your situation allows.

Carry on.

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

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#7 posted 02-01-2014 02:03 AM

gfadvm Nothing like putting pressure on a guy when he’s sick! ;)

I just noticed you’re an Equine Vet. Make house calls to Waco? Here’s my baby Joshua Part Arabian part a stranger in the night. Actually I think he’s mostly curly. Fortunately for him, I’ve lost 80 pounds since this picture.

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#8 posted 02-01-2014 02:23 AM

Steve, You were just about to “outgrow” him in that pic! But he looks like he’s up to the task.

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

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