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07-03-2017 01:07 AM

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It is with a heavy heart that I report on the death of Roger Bean….one of the greatest woodworker/artists I have ever known. He passed away on June 22 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was the best friend I never met in person. His wife, Lynnette, was gracious in letting me know of his passing. I will miss his counsel, his wry sense of humor, but mostly his inspiration. He taught me a lot about woodworking, but mostly about the patient approach he took to his artistry.
I will toast him with a glass of wine…..and a few quiet moments in my shop. I have a treasure to remember him by….a small walnut box he sent me a few years ago. He posted a series of boxes made from one special piece of walnut someone had given him. I commented on my favorite; the one with the beetle nut lift, saying it was my favorite of the four. About a week later, I received it in the mail……I will never forget him.
My world and the woodworking community are lessened by his passing. I will miss him.
Sincerely, John Schutz

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 07-03-2017 04:30 AM

there are many virtues that can be ascribed to Roger.
i got into woodworking because I stumbled on a picture of his boxes on the internet. without any prior knowledge to woodworking, i decided to learn how to make his boxes. I cannot remember how many hundreds of emails were exchanged between us as he patiently taught somebody that he did not know, had never met before, and would not expect anything in return. how can one describe or put on paper how great his qualities were. anything more i could write would only limit what I could say about him. I believe his spirit will continue to live on in the lives of all the people he has touched. starting with the lumberjocks community, they are many

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#3 posted 07-04-2017 06:30 PM

Thanks John for letting us know of Rogers passing .
He will be missed by all of us and especially the once that received his help and advise and also critique on projects that where well meant and much appreciated .
I was out in the shop this morning and thinking about several buddy’s that I had not heard from or seen post on LJ’s and he was one that came to mind and when I saw your post sadness came over me .
I too will make a toast to this great craftsman that left us too soon but his memory will live on .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 07-21-2017 07:44 PM

What a wonderful place this is.

Where newbies and experienced craftsmen (women) can interact.

I’m pretty sure he would say “pass it on!”

Thank You Roger!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-21-2017 07:58 PM

This seems to be your 2nd post about Roger

- a1Jim

This spot is probably better in the “Forum”... the other is in the blog section.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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