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03-31-2011 08:20 PM

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Hi Friends

Most folks here know I’m a friend of Charles Neil and a big fan of his talent in woodworking ,finishing .but one thing that everyone does not know is that Charles and his wife Sherri are wonderful kind sharing human beings . I can’t share all I know with you about all of the things they have done for lots of folks because much of it has been told to me in confidence. But today I had to share an e mail Charles sent me. I hope he doesn’t shoot me for doing this.

Here’s a copy of the email. The top is Charles writing to me

sent these kids some woodcraft shop aprons I signed to each of them, sometime back the principal emailed about getting some DVD’s, if they could get funding, we decided they couldn’t afford it so we sent them all of them, and also gave them all subscriptions to our show, these are the inner city kids who have been dumped in a tech school, which is basically a dumping ground for problem kids,,, made my day got to tell ya

From: Joe——————————-
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:24 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Unbelievable

We received your packages today and the ACE students are so excited about your gift that they are wearing them to all their classes. I am going to try and get permission to send you a photo of the ACE students in their new aprons, California law is very restrictive when it comes to releasing student images but I may have some luck getting parent permission. Your impact on our program has been amazing. I visit the classroom and the students are engaged and they follow CN’s procedures like they are written in stone. The videos and website have become the primary reference for the program. In a few short weeks I have seen our students begin to develop planning and organizing skills we have never approached before and when I asked the students what the difference is they tell me that there is a difference between building and “Fix-in” to build. They are taking on projects that they would have never attempted four weeks ago. One team is working on a large sign for a local business, another is building coat racks for elementary school classrooms and is redesigning the project based on what they learned from one of your DVDs, still another is planning a corner cabinet for one of our teachers that will hold a fireplace insert and television, again the project is being planned following the example of one of Charles’ builds. Last weekend they held a car wash in our parking lot to raise money to buy a digital camera so that they can send pictures to Charles. They have car washes planned for the next 3 weeks because they want to purchase spray equipment for finishing their projects. They don’t know it yet but I have purchased a couple of new routers and our local Lowes has donated a router table for the program. The students have bought into the program and are willing to do whatever it takes to move it forward. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the progress both the students and the program have made and how thankful we all are for everything you have done for us.

Joseph__ Principal

I’ve deleted the full name of the school and principle for their privacy*



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#1 posted 03-31-2011 08:25 PM

Too cool! What else would you expect from Charles!?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 03-31-2011 08:27 PM

Now that’s how you pass on a gift and Charles is surely gifted. Thanks for sharing that, and I’ll stand in front of you just in case he’s armed.

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 08:37 PM


and it just takes caring
and sharing

lives are being changed here
the joy spreading

bless you charles and sherri
and all that care enough to do something
where ever the need may be

thanks you jim
a bright spot to this day

let’s all keep it up
we are all enriched

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 08:48 PM

I was just sent, this, where is my rifle, lets make sure the focus here is correct, I didnt do anything any one here would not have done, but the point here for me is “how woodworking and having some faith in these kids can make a difference, , these are the next generation, of wood workers as well as Lumber Jocks,

we really need “shop” back in the Schools,.,, it makes a difference obviously,,,

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 08:49 PM

Jim and Charles. A great couple of guys.

Charles I’m very glad to be able to call you a friend. May you and Sherri be truly blessed for what you are doing in the lives of those kids.

-- 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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#6 posted 03-31-2011 09:02 PM

Thanks for sharing Jim. Charles and Sherri sound like the type of people that liike to help people, but don’t want any recognition for it. Well, they deserve a little recognition when they do something like this.

Very nice gesture Charles and Sherri, very nice!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 09:02 PM

Karson, no one can beat you and all you and your group do, you guys are amazing,, truely,,

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#8 posted 03-31-2011 09:14 PM

Well thats gotta make you feel encouraged, and isn’t this ” I didnt do anything any one here would not have done” just the point ?

If everyone just held that thought for just one generous act…...

Thank you Charles (and Jim for shining the original light)


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#9 posted 03-31-2011 09:28 PM

you are deffently a speciel kind person Charles and I admire you for what you have done
thank´s so much for sharing it with us Jim its not everyday we see/hear one man/women
makes the different and in realety makes history just by being kind and gives a freindly push

take care

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 09:36 PM

Wow…I really love these kind of posts. You really get tired of all the bad news you hear these days….It is great when you can hear of the good going on….and this was an extremely generous gesture from Charles….

As the government is increasingly choosing to balance their budgets on the backs of our schools and students….these kindnesses are becoming essential to keep certain programs of learning in the schools. It always seems that the arts take the big hit in the budget battles…including industrial arts….

What kind of generation do we want to create? To me art and expression are just as important to a person’s well being as math and science is….I find it rediculous to see the schools having to cut these programs…soon we will have a generation of folks that will be helpless to do for themselves in any way…can you imagine what a natural disaster would entail then?

Thanks Jim for sharing this with us….and a big thank you to Charles and Sherri for their generosity and kindnesses.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 03-31-2011 09:37 PM

Woodworkers are good people.

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#12 posted 03-31-2011 09:37 PM

Very good!

Very heartwarming!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 03-31-2011 09:48 PM

From small acorns mighty oaks grow…......

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 03-31-2011 10:11 PM

Thats great to hear of Charles care and generosity. In a related-unrelated topic.

To put some of these school “issues” into perspective. My sister is graduating from a high school that next year is laying off like 300 teachers from the district. The other gigantic loss is that they are dropping all students class loads to only hold English, Math, Social Studies and Science. They are dropping all electives,..... period.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#15 posted 03-31-2011 11:13 PM

cantBurn, man oh man do I agree with you, I see kids in my neck of the woods, dumped into these tech schools with unqualified teachers, got to have education degree , like I got one, who like the kids figure its a nice ride out of town, but give them a glimmer of hope and they respond, when you read this remember these are inner city kids in Sacremento calif , gangs and all that stuff, but they want more, and washing cars to get what they want, on weekends, remember when you were a teenager would you wash cars all weekend to buy something to spray finish on wood, I bet not, but this is these kids resolve, and as long as I can help I will, as will all of us, again I say this isnt about me, not at all, but it shows what a little education and a little nudge can do, this need to happen all over the nation, and we all need to lend a helping hand, what if all of us , showed up at one of these schools and was willing to share what we know and work with these kids, , WOW, but then again bet the government wouldnt let us, Im the sort that would insist,,, maybe we should all be a bit more insistent , and less dependent on others, remember something, .. “talk is cheap” , and if ya want it done right, ’ get off your butt and do it your self ’, and the post that says we are the masters is 100% correct,,, share what ya got with a kid,,, it will help YOU immensly,,, right Karson,?

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