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#1 posted 01-30-2015 01:55 AM

Hi Rich,

Don’t give up. My wife and I are currently on vacation in New Zealand. We took a day-long guided city/cultural/winery tour in Nelson on the South Island. During one stop I was admiring some local woodworker’s display and the tour guide asked me about my interest in woodworking. He said he had a good friend who was a woodworker and he suggested stopping by to see him.

This fellow was in the middle of a move from a very large shop to a downsized setting. The reason for the move was that he had been involved in a major automobile accident a year ago that cost him his wife, daughter, the use of his right arm, and some other residual impairment. He is still actively working in his shop, using some special jigs and techniques he has developed. He showed us many very nice pens he had recently turned form local wood species. He has an apprentice who works a few hours each afternoon in the shop and he is passing on his craft to that individual.

A very nice visit and an inspirational story. Give your own situation some time before you decide to totally give up your woodworking. You may need to cut back on the scale of projects you work on and may occasionally need some help to accomplish a specific task, but there has to be some aspect of woodworking that you can continue to enjoy.

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