Memorial Plaque

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 04-07-2012 12:59 AM 1595 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the last several years I have been a part of the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show in NW Ohio and have meet many woodcarvers, all of which would do anything for one another. This past month one of those carvers, Paul Nofziger, pasted away. Paul was a very giving man and donated some of his time to help with the Black Swamp Benefit which helps people with disabilities. Lisa who worked with Paul on all the details for the benefit and was devastated and called me to see if I would carve something to honor him and to be auctioned off at the benefit. My answer was sure I will. Paul loved the phrase The Woodcarvers Gift so I carved this plaque out of a piece of 5/4 basswood and with a little thought I came up with the hands.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 03:26 AM

Roger A beautiful piece as always.

I’m sure that it will be well received at the auction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 09:15 AM

Roger, it is wonderful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 11:56 AM

A beautiful piece Roger.


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#4 posted 04-07-2012 01:31 PM

another beauty Roger!

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 03:09 PM

Great looking plaque, and a wonderful way to remember a woodcarver and his favorite saying. I do not
have the gift, but I do like to whittle a little every now and then. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 03:25 PM

Thank you everyone. It’s hard to know when to stop with the designs sometimes so it is good to hear all the positives.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

#7 posted 04-08-2012 02:33 AM

Very interesting work,Roger.


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#8 posted 04-08-2012 04:10 AM


All of your work is truly amazing. Well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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