Support Bench for a fellow LJ

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 01-09-2018 11:57 PM 3297 views 8 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fellow LJ and original Stumpy Nubs member Andy Anderson (gfadvm) has brain cancer. Shortly after his 3rd brain surgery his wife was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She had surgery also and both have had extensive chemotherapy. Both are currently in remission. But the surgeries left him partially blind in one eye and unable to read or write. Thus he can’t join us on the forum.

In October several of us met at their house for a couple days. Myself, LJs Firefighterontheside (Bill), Gary, CFrye, Mudflap, Don Brossard and his wife Nannette. Andy had a sawmill, so we sawed a few logs and had fun. Bill and I discussed the fact that he is very alone. He can’t drive and sits in the house most of the time. So I decided to make a bench from some of the wood we cut that day. It’s a double waterfall design. Their names are on top. I was going to router a few names in the legs, the idea being the legs support the bench and we support them.

LJ Mark (festus56) offered to use his laser to do the engraving. However, it turned out to be a huge offer. What I thought would be 6-8 names turned into 40. Even then we’ve had several that were forgot.
Her husband LJ Mudflap. They along with LJ Don Brossard and his wife Nannette delivered it today. As we thought it would mean more if members of “the group” delivered it.

I shipped it to Candy (LJ CFrye) and

It’s made of quartersawn Sycamore. 44” long, 20” tall and 18” wide.

Comments are welcome.

Thanks for reading and all suggestions and comments are welcome.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 12:03 AM

Very sad news!
.... but a wonderful gesture. You are all good friends and fine human beings.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 12:21 AM

Totally agree with Shipwright.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-10-2018 12:29 AM

My friend Andy – I was hooked after seeing that shop tour video he posted:

I sent him some Birdseye Maple with the stipulation that he posts on the Stumpy thread…...that Birdseye Maple payed off well! He built a beautiful box:

And is a longtime contributor on the thread with so much insight!

Monte and Mark – so grateful for your work here !

Andy and Carol – keep up the good fight, lots of fans here.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 01-10-2018 12:30 AM

And ill third it without question. Wonderful gesture by wonderful friends. Good on you and the gang Monte.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 01-10-2018 12:33 AM

Sorry, Thanks to Candy, Mudflap, Don and Nanette!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-10-2018 12:43 AM

I’ve been wondering about Doc. Hadn’t seen anything from him in a long while. So sorry to hear that about Doc and his wife. Praying for both. The bench is amazing and the fact that yall did it for Doc is PRICELESS. Outstanding job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 01-10-2018 12:58 AM

I had no idea what Andy and his wife were going through. No one should have to go through all that…but I am glad they are in remission.
It is great to hear what yall did for them and is most certainly motivating and heartwarming… to say the least.

The bench is incredible with such a great story behind it…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#8 posted 01-10-2018 01:39 AM

Thanks for the news, sad tho it is, but thanks also for the reminder of what makes this such a great site and community.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 01-10-2018 02:12 AM


Very strange…I’d sent Andy a PM today as I’d not seen or heard from him since November? You guys did a great thing by going to be with him, and the bench is a fine remembrance!

Damn! both of them at the same time! Is there family for support?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 01-10-2018 02:21 AM

Doc, they have 2 awesome daughters that help out.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 01-10-2018 02:22 AM

that bench and what it represents is just gorgeous.having lost both parents to cancer I’m fully aware of the pain and suffering they indure,my heart goes out to them.your the best friends they could ever wish for.your a good man monte and have shown compassion many times before.its things like this that makes me proud to be a lumber jock member.may god bless them and all of you for giving so much-peace my friends.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 01-10-2018 02:30 AM

Whenever I reviewed old post and see Andy’s name I often wonder whatever happened to him. So sorry to hear about Andy and his wife. You all have done a really wonderful thing here for them both. The Support Bench and story are very nice Monte.
Thank you for posting this news.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 01-10-2018 02:34 AM

Wonderful job to all involved.
That wood did some exciting traveling. First it made its way to Andy’s mill from who knows where. Then it rode to South Dakota in the back of Monte’s overloaded truck. It became a bench. Then it went to Marks place for a little burning. Then it made an arduous journey thru Kansas that seemed would never end. It is finally back where it belongs in Oklahoma.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 01-10-2018 02:35 AM

beautiful bench and show of support Monte. Our prayers are with Andy and his wife. Always liked Andy’s projects and wry comments He was always ready to share his skills and knowledge. Hope he is able to make a complete recovery…

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#15 posted 01-10-2018 02:35 AM

Great job Monte and Mark (festus56).

I’ve know about Andy and Carol’s health issues for quite some time and pray frequently for their continued recovery.

Cindy and Mudflap, thanks for handling the final delivery.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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