TRAVELS WITH BUDDY #5: eureka ! i have found him

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Blog entry by patron posted 11-04-2010 06:30 PM 2392 reads 3 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well boys and girls
after 45 years
of searching for my woodworking teacher
Mr lincoln morinaga
my woodworking teacher and mentor
in a federal penetentiary

thanks to my LJ buddy
(who found him for me , (google search)

here we are together

and here is the gift i made for him
to thank him for how he changed my life for the better

we had a great visit
when i first talked to him on the phone about 3 months ago
he wasn’t able to place me
but this time he saw me
and said
“hi mitchell , you used to be a good looking kid “

and i responded ,

“so did you”

his wife rosie laughed .

i got to show him some of my work over the years
from my photo stash in the computer
(no internet access there)

after my stay in the ‘pen’
he went on to run a school class for the seabees for the U.S. navy
(he had been in the seabee’s during the second world war)
and was made Master Sargent for this work .
he kept looking at his box
and said
” you are an artist , mitchell ,
all my work looks like straight sticks ” !

he had to go to see the grand kids
so our visit was short ,
come back again soon he said .

it was so good to see him
after all these years ,
and have the opportunity
to thank him
for all he did for me
from his kind and caring heart .

thank you all for sharing this moment with me

God bless you all !

we can spend more time together

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 06:36 PM

Wow, David.

AGAIN, a post from you that the reader can feel, in every word.

I’m so glad Mr. Morinaga is still around, and that you got to re-connect with him.

As for the box: it’s just another one of your projects that … I cannot even BEGIN to get my head around.

It’s just spectacular.

Though your stay with him was short, I bet it meant the world to you.

Safe travels !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 06:38 PM

David, your words are also a work of art. Thank you for posting this story. It is a fantastic testament to both of you.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 06:43 PM

Wow!!!! Must have been a great time….But I can’t stop looking at the box

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 06:44 PM

Wow, that box is so beautiful! I’m sure any teacher would be proud to see a former student who was able to attain the woodworking artistry/skill level that you have done. This current visit is like the climax to the fantastic trip you have related to your fellow LJ’s. Thanks.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 06:45 PM

That is an incredible story and a wonderful journey.
The fact that you hold your teacher with such high regard says a lot for you both.
yours jamie

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 06:47 PM

David, it finished up very beautifully! He will cherish it!

That was GREAT!

Am glad you found him OK… Did the GPS help OK?

Where are you now… going to… ??

Thanks for dropping in…

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

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 06:48 PM

what a wonderful thing to have happen for you both…its moments like this in life that just make your heart sing….you did a wonderful think seeking him out…..and i too am happy he was still around for you to make the connection…continue to have a safe trip…give buddy a petting for me…hes a great dog from what ive heard from rand….be safe…grizzman

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

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David Craig

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 06:57 PM

Journey of mind, body, and spirit – the best kind. You found your father, in a manner of speaking. I am happy for you both David. Not everyday that we can thank those that changed our course in life and for them to also see the wonderful turns their influence helped to create.

Thank you for sharing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Anthony Finelli

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 07:01 PM

What an amazing journey it must have been for you and then to present him with something built with such meaning must have been a wonderful experience ! I am sure he will treasure it for years to come….

-- Salem, New York "Find something you love to do and you will never have to work another day of your life"

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 07:09 PM

It is always fun to find someone from our past… especially if we can do something that makes them proud!
That box is a “David special”!!!
What a picture… 2 happy old geezers and a beautiful box! (just kidding about the old geezers!)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 07:17 PM

Heartwarming and heartfelt David. A really wonderful way to thank your mentor after so many years. I can only think that he will cherish the moment as I’m sure you do. I also think that more importantly, you are continuing to pass on what you learned from Mr. Morinaga plus what you have learned since through so many years of experience and your own creativity. You are setting a very good example for us others to follow.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 11-04-2010 07:32 PM

David I just love seeing stories like this of yours. Congrats on reconnecting with the past….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 11-04-2010 07:37 PM

I am so glad you found him David. Thsi visit is positive in many ways.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 11-04-2010 07:37 PM

David, so great that you sought him out, pursued it and had this wonderful “reunion”. There’s no doubt your visit positively impacted your former teacher.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#15 posted 11-04-2010 07:42 PM

Good morning Lil’ Bro.
How great you must feel and I’m sure it is an even greater joy for Mr. Morinaga. And I’m happy that I got to watch you work on this very special box.
I can only imagine the joy and happiness this reunion has been for you. Congratulations on reconnecting with Mr. Morinaga. Drive safe and have a great time on the rest of your trip. Rand

PS slip Buddy a couple of cookies for us.

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