10 Years in Woodworking, and Why I Remember That

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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 08-18-2015 05:32 PM 1173 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2015 05:32 PM

A little over 10 years ago, I was walking around Home Depot with a few extra dollars in my pocket when a display of little Ryobi benchtop table saws caught my eye. I had been raised around tools, and had always done handyman-type work around the house, but no real woodworking to speak of. I purchased the saw on a whim, but as soon as I discovered the power in being able to rip lumber to size, I was hooked! That is how my journey into woodworking began.

The reason I remember it was 10 years ago is that Hurricane Katrina would hit a few months later, changing many people, places, and things forever. Any of you who were affected know what I’m talking about.

Since remembrance of the storm seems almost obligatory this month, I wrote a song and put it together with some Katrina photos I gathered from the web. Watch if you can stand it. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 08-18-2015 07:04 PM

Hey Charlie…

Blown away. What more can I say.

You have a great voice!

Maybe you should go on the Voice show!

Great job.

Impressive photos, too!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-18-2015 08:20 PM

Well allrighty then!
Well done.

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#3 posted 08-18-2015 08:26 PM

Well done Charlie! You brought a tear to my eyes with that one. I vividly recall sitting in my Patrol Car while Katrina was blowing through and wondering what the hell was wrong with my career choice. I recall the felling of being abandoned by my Nation, with no outside world communication for 3 full days, and then the joy of seeing those Blakhawk Choppers flying in and all of the help start arriving – one of my fondest memories. Policing Metairie for those long days was must have been what the Old West Sheriff must have felt like:-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 08-18-2015 08:35 PM

Hi Charlie, you are certainly blessed with your many talents, you could give up your day job and sing for a living. It is hard to believe that it was 10 years ago, I remember that time as if it were yesterday watching CNN and all the tragic faces of the people that had lost their loved ones and their homes.

Your video is excellent and the words so heartfelt.

God Bless you Charlie for caring so deeply for others, you are an amazing person. (too bad you’re taken)

-- When you know better you do better.

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#5 posted 08-18-2015 08:48 PM

Thanks, y’all.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but I don’t know.

A lot of folks lose their homes and personal belongings to floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters, but the scale of Katrina’s damage is what made it unique.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 08-18-2015 08:56 PM

you did a great job on the song and pictures Charlie!!!

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 08-18-2015 09:30 PM

A very well put together video, and you have a good voice,very pleasing to the ear.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 08-19-2015 12:38 AM

Charlie, A very moving tribute from one who lived it. Thanks for sharing with us. You need to get that on the radio down South. It would be a chart topper!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-19-2015 01:12 AM

Thanks again to all.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 08-19-2015 09:35 AM

Unforgetable video and your voice.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 08-20-2015 09:43 AM

OMG, Charlie. Ten years? Looking at the photos, some of which I remember seeing then, I felt like I was looking at live footage. It’s very fresh. OMG. I live in Southern California, where nothing ever touches us on such a scale. I have, however, been all over the country, and spent quite a lot of time in the gulf states. I see the faces of people I met there when I see such photos.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 08-20-2015 04:44 PM

Your voice & the music reminds me of Kenny Rogers…ha ha ha
I don’t know about music actually.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 08-20-2015 05:13 PM

Nah… it’s just my white beard. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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