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CHARLES NEIL HAS PASSED AWAY

by a1Jim
posted 12-22-2019 03:08 AM


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#1 posted 12-22-2019 03:29 AM

A beautiful maker gone to a woodworkers heaven…I for one will miss him, his wisdom and knowledge and his creations!!!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 12-22-2019 03:36 AM

Dez ,Charles was a dear friend , This is so sad ,I’m so grateful to have had know him even though we never met in person I spent many hours chatting with before a big part of the world discovered his great knowledge and giving nature. God bless his soul a very good man.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#3 posted 12-22-2019 03:37 AM

A good guy all around, picked up quite a few tips from his videos and post over the years.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 12-22-2019 03:39 AM

I’ve lost one of my best friends.. I’m without words..

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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#5 posted 12-22-2019 03:43 AM

a1Jim,I’m sorry you’ve lost a good friend.Prayers and thoughts to you and his family.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Firewood

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#6 posted 12-22-2019 04:06 AM

So sad to hear of Charles’ passing. He was such an inspiration to so many of us.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 12-22-2019 04:24 AM

Such bad news in such a short time. A week ago we were congratulating him on retirement and now he passed. I have had the honer of Charles helping me with a lumber problem. He was glad to help with all of his knowledge.
We will surely miss him.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-22-2019 04:48 AM

That is very sad new. RIP Charles

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 12-22-2019 05:58 AM

Sincere condolences to the friends and family.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-22-2019 06:06 AM

Wow, total ahock! Very sad….

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#11 posted 12-22-2019 06:55 AM

Jim,

Been signed off thes ite do to the impossible scamming that was going on.

I met Charles online at his request as I was reviewing woodworking DVD’s on Amazon and he wanted my input on his videos. He listened then did it his way.. Met Jim there before here.

Charles was the “Big Dog.” Saw the email and here I am. Charles and I worked on a newsletter and that didn’t go very far. He was doing educational videos before some of the big names. Just didn’t go as far as he’d wanted. charles sent me here to LumberJocks 3416 days ago, to make my own way.

He was a creative inovative and clever guy, who got mad at me a couple times. But I have to say through his videos, and I have them all I saw how the pro did it!! He was my how to mentor.

Thankyou Charles, my world is better for you being in it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 12-22-2019 10:16 AM

Somehow I miss the “retirement” post you put up Jim; I guess because of all that’s going on with my wife’s medical issues.
Wow this sad news really knock me down a few notches. Charles was a special man and a very talented woodworker.
Rest in peace.

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

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#13 posted 12-22-2019 11:54 AM

total total total SHOCK !!
he is on my list of people to see this Spring when I go on my Blue Ridge trip.
he unselfishly gave so much to so many.
he will be sorely missed.

Edit: Charles was 69 years old. (DOB: 11/04/1950)

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#14 posted 12-22-2019 12:04 PM

Farewell buddy. RIP. We will meet again.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-22-2019 01:12 PM

He’ll remain in my “favorites” list ‘till I’m gone.

-- [email protected]

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#16 posted 12-22-2019 02:14 PM

this is a “partial” list of the video library that Charles amassed.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZzO_zGEmte-ReLnvPSXcy5aTJEJw4G12

and his visit with Roy Underhill.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSx-PudMXqQ

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#17 posted 12-22-2019 02:34 PM

Big inspiration, big loss. Thanks for the post Jim.

-- Brian Noel

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#18 posted 12-22-2019 03:11 PM

When I first became serious about woodworking, I was fortunate enough to find Charles’s website and videos. They gave me a wonderful grounding in how to do things the right way. I can’t imagine a more thorough beginner’s tutorial on casework than Charles’ Build a Pie Safe video series.

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Charles, I feel like I’ve lost a friend.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#19 posted 12-22-2019 03:36 PM

So sad to hear. He was a generous soul. Godspeed, Charles. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#20 posted 12-22-2019 03:43 PM

Rest in peace, Charles.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#21 posted 12-22-2019 04:11 PM

I am absolutely heartbroken.

-- LumberJocks.com Community Manager

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#22 posted 12-22-2019 06:07 PM

I kind of expected something like this, what with all the tools and supplies going up for sale. I’m sorry to see him go. Too young! Big loss for the wood working world.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#23 posted 12-22-2019 06:56 PM

Charles was not only a friend, he was the finest woodworker I have ever known. There was perhaps nothing he couldn’t do. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge of the craft, a generous teacher who would spend hours helping a stranger with a woodworking question. He helped thousands become better woodworkers and brought knowledge and happiness to many more. Its a tremendous loss for the community!

-- Subscribe to "Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal"- One of the crafts' most unique publications: http://www.stumpynubs.com/

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#24 posted 12-22-2019 08:07 PM

I was wondering why he was selling everything in the entire shop. I was just hoping he was taking a couple of steps back. Thankfully we can still learn from the videos he made and shared. Rest In Peace.

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#25 posted 12-23-2019 06:56 PM

Sorry to hear the news Jim and my condolences to Charles Family .
He will be missed and may he rest in piece .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#26 posted 12-23-2019 07:09 PM

Condolences. I’ve seen several of his videos. It’s always hard to lose a member of this amazing online woodworking community. Rest In Peace

-- Get better every day!

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#27 posted 12-23-2019 07:55 PM



this is a “partial” list of the video library that Charles amassed.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZzO_zGEmte-ReLnvPSXcy5aTJEJw4G12

and his visit with Roy Underhill.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSx-PudMXqQ

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- John Smith


Just watched the Roy Underhill video and it looks like they were having a good time. Also noticed that Roy Underhill just turned 69 yesterday (12/22). Happy Birthday to him. Gonna be binging on Charles videos for a while.

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#28 posted 12-24-2019 12:42 PM

Thank you so much for this information Jim. Gosh! RIP Mr. Neil. Sympathy and prayers of strength go out to family and friends.

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

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#29 posted 12-24-2019 01:01 PM

A tremendous lost to the woodworking community.

-- Doug...

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#30 posted 12-25-2019 03:47 AM

Jeff Fleisher has started a Go Fund Me for Charles Family to help pay the large Hospital bills that Charles had due to his extended stay in the hospital. I’m asking anyone Charles has helped to please donate to Charles Gofundme.
thanks
Jim

https://www.gofundme.com/f/charles-neil039s-medical-expenses?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR3e4p67WTG0b3rexPgb_HO-4Y_1W08oaWXiWG3gMxDAB4EDfncx472ePSA

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#31 posted 12-25-2019 05:30 AM

ok guys im with jim we need as a community to help out a family thats having to deal with a huge loss during a very stressful time of the year,nice comments are great but they dont pay bills,i think we can all afford to give just 5 dollars maybe,if we all did they could meet thier fund goal easily.this man gave this forum a huge amount of his life work,a lot for free,cant we give back something? i wish you all a nice holiday,his family will be mourning the loss.

-- 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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#32 posted 12-28-2019 11:38 PM

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#33 posted 12-29-2019 12:17 AM

Great eulogy…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#34 posted 12-29-2019 06:54 PM

Thanks, Desert but it was just meant how I felt about Charles and our relationship .

I’m so glad to see more donations come in the gofundme for Charles’s family nothing wrong with $ 5,10 or $20 donations. Every donation helps, thanks for all of you who have given any amount and those that still will Bless you all.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#35 posted 12-30-2019 03:20 AM

A1- your efforts on CN and his passing- very moving. I am surprised and not surprised by why more people (LJocks) are not sharing their thoughts on this guy. To me, CN stayed with Lumber Jocks, unlike the other pop YouTube woodworkers… and the best part, when engaged with CN was that he was always able to handle any heat because he controlled the temperature.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#36 posted 12-30-2019 03:27 AM

Desert he was a good friend and I wanted to do what I could even though I live thousands of miles away. Believe me sometimes it’s hard for those Cherokee blooded folks to hold there temper back ,but Charles did a better job than I could given the kind of crap some people would give him.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#37 posted 12-30-2019 03:35 AM

...and that is why he was Charles Neil and you are A1Jim- One is gone the other alive- keep being yourself and I look forward to seeing your posts in the future.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#38 posted 12-30-2019 03:52 PM

Very kind of you Desert,have a happy new year.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#39 posted 12-31-2019 10:37 PM

I was introduced to Charles work through videos about his blotch control product. I watch a good number of his videos and always enjoyed his down-to-earth personality. I watch so many video, about techniques I had no interest in, just because I enjoyed watching him explain things. He will be missed and I can only hope that his great products will be continually available for sale, under his name to continue his legacy.

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#40 posted 01-06-2020 12:38 AM

I just ran across this topic by accident although I knew about Charles’ passing from another topic submission and had responded. I only knew Charles from reputation and soaked in his videos whenever I could. I once posted on Lumberjocks asking for any help that one of the jocks might be able to help me solve a water stain problem on a furniture piece. Many folks gave me advice from using mayonnaise to a complete strip and refinish. I was really taken aback when I got an email from Charles himself giving me the solution. I was very scpticle but you don’t not take advice from Charles Neil. Needless to say, it worked. I replyed to Charles with endless thank yous. My whole family marveled at my wizardry after I followed Charles’ instructions. Eventually I did “fess up” and gave Charles the credit due. Lumberjocks has lost a great friend. God speed, Charles Neil.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#41 posted 01-06-2020 12:50 AM

Your one of so many andy, Charles was not only a master at what he did but a class “A “human being!

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#42 posted 01-06-2020 02:43 AM

he was a great artist, and a wonderful mentor to many here. may his soul Rest In Peace.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#43 posted 01-14-2020 05:52 AM

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#44 posted 01-15-2020 05:50 PM

I’m so glad and proud of our Members for helping Charles family with the Gofundme , we are less than $500 away from their goal. GREAT JOB!!!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/charles-neil039s-medical-expenses

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#45 posted 01-16-2020 02:16 AM

I was introduced to Charles from LJs when I was researching blotch control. Since then I have viewed many of his videos and tutorials. He was as colorful as his finishes and I always learned something new. A great teacher who told it as he saw it and never missed a single detail no matter how small. He will be missed by all. RIP Charles.
AJ

-- AJ

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#46 posted 01-16-2020 04:05 AM

Woo!! Just clicked on the link and it’s now at $10,000! We all did it! What an amazing group we have here. :)

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#47 posted 01-17-2020 08:33 PM

I’m sure Charles is looking down on us and saying all of his help and encouragement meant something to everyone.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#48 posted 04-11-2020 03:45 PM

I truly wanted to meet this man. One day I was amazed he took my call and well, he never hung up! He gave me so much to both my projects and my soul.

This one hurt.

Luke

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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#49 posted 04-11-2020 03:56 PM

One of my greatest regrets too Luke, I spent many hours talking with him over the years but never could make that long trip. He is truly missed by many.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#50 posted 04-11-2020 04:52 PM

jim is anyone working to get him put into the memorium,of all people here or that passed through this forum he deserves to be memorialized for all he gave.

-- 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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