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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 03-02-2017 07:14 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My doctor who I have been going to for over 40 years is retiring soon. Dr. Williams is an internist who has been monitoring my Ulcerative Colitis ever since. In 2008 he discovered a cancer polyp while doing a colonoscopy. From that time, he had made sure I was getting the best treatment I could have to fight it. On the 28th of February I had my last visit with him. At the end of March he will be retiring. This little token you see if something that I felt like I wanted to do. I carved this little guy out of basswood. Painted with acrylic paint and used polyurethane to protect it. He is mounted on a piece of walnut. For the scope I used piece of wire. The total height is about 7” tall.
Dr. Williams was very excited when I presented this to him. ALSO, his nurse Carol had also been part of the team for the same amount of time was just as deserving. I did not want to leave her out of the mix, so I gave her the Santa carving. This is about a 12” tall Santa. She was very excited too.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 03-03-2017 02:09 AM

Beautiful carvings—and even better gesture! I’m sure they both appreciate and love their new carvings!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 04:55 PM

Nice carving, but makes me “pucker” to look at it. Been there done that a few times.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Tom Pritchard

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#3 posted 03-03-2017 05:57 PM

That’s funny “PaulDoug” I understand what your saying.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#4 posted 03-04-2017 01:41 AM

Gr8 carvings and gr8 story. I know it’s happy for him to be retiring, but sad for you because of his wonderful doctoring he’s done for you. Good luck with your new Doc.

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

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#5 posted 03-04-2017 01:44 AM

Nice work on both!



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#6 posted 03-04-2017 09:36 AM

So where are the “action” shots? I see a few blank project picture spots !!

Its all something unfortunately we are going to have to look forward to in the future I guess, so we may as well find out now,

the pucker comment is of concern and possibly relates to practical experience.

May as well get it over and done with now! yeeech!!

,... not forgetting …Nice work on the carving Tom!

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 03-04-2017 01:08 PM

Very nice carvings. And a wonderful gesture.

Like you, my first was because of a cancer scare. I’ve had 6 since. Luckily, none of the polyps have been cancerous.

For you guys approaching 50, DON’T PUT IT OFF! The prep is god awful, but the procedure is a piece of cake.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 03-04-2017 01:32 PM

These are very nice carvings and I’m sure your doc loves it. I hope everything goes well with you health wise.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 03-04-2017 04:56 PM

Funny guy – that’s art!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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