A Pleasant Conundrum

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When I started my latest foray into woodworking I concentrated on making toys because there were so many families with young kids moving into the neighborhood. I ended up making 53 different toys and the expressions on children’s faces when they come into my shop and looked up at the shelves is something that will stay with me for life. A toy made in my shop was never sold, always given with the only request of a personally made thank you card. These are my treasures and I keep them on the walls and fridge in the shop. Now the kids are all older and no longer come in to ask me to bring down this or that for closer inspection. Somedays it’s just too quiet. Then my newest client just across the alley was introduced and became “neighbor George”. The shelves are now becoming bare as George takes home the toys waiting for an owner. His family during the summer would sit outside under their awning and I noticed George had no chair. He just had his 3rd birthday and this is his chair with a modified Adirondack style but built to promote good posture as well. His mother tells me he takes it wherever he goes so he always has a seat. Thanks neighbor George for being my latest little buddy.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#1 posted 11-20-2021 05:07 PM

Great chair and great write up, yes the ones given away mean more. Hope you can sprinkle more sawdust in more lives

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#2 posted 11-20-2021 05:11 PM

Nicely done, and sure a wonderful story. Yes the lit up eyes are a wonderful payment indeed. What a great cause and happiness for you.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 11-20-2021 05:57 PM

What a fun story!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 11-20-2021 06:00 PM

Vert nice good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 11-20-2021 07:35 PM

Gift giving is the best part of my woodworking hobby. Sounds like you have taken it to a high level. Great looking chair!

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#6 posted 11-20-2021 09:27 PM

Top marks Joe for putting smiles on a child’s face with handmade wooden toys, this beaut chair will last years as the little bloke outgrows it.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 11-21-2021 02:32 AM

Great story…Would love to meet him…

I know how hard you have worked over the years…Even though it was half as hard as I did, that’s saying a lot…So it’s great to leave that behind and get a new joy out of life…

Cool man….

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 11-27-2021 03:31 AM

Great looking chair and loved the story! Nothing I like more than making a child happy!

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

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#9 posted 11-27-2021 01:37 PM

Love your story. What a great way to bring kids to woodworking and joy to your life.

-- tel

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