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Forum topic by Jeff_F posted 12-22-2019 01:54 AM 2567 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff_F

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12-22-2019 01:54 AM

I am very sad to write that Charles Neil passed away earlier this evening. Charles had been battling an infection and Sepsis for over eight months. As many of you saw on his weekly show, Charles lost over 100 pounds since last May. About four weeks ago other complications cropped up and he took a turn for the worse. He always had a very positive attitude and was in the shop up to just last week.

Charles was a gifted woodworker and exceptional wood finisher. He is best known for his stunning tiger maple furniture pieces. He would always be going up into Pennsylvania and down to the Carolina’s searching for that exceptional piece of wood. I, however, remember him for his amazing inventiveness. I would often say to him, “How do you come up with these things?” I have never seen someone come up with so many unique and clever solutions to a woodworking problem. In addition, he was one of the first woodworkers to take advantage of Youtube and publishing DVDs. His many Youtube and Woodcraft videos led him into creating a weekly woodworking show that was videoed, editing and hosted all in-house. The last formal show posted was number 470 and with the many informal shows there are over 500 shows created and posted online. I also remember the many hours he spent tinkering in his finishing room to come up with his Pre-color (blotch) control.

Charles was an inspiration to many, many woodworkers. He loved to teach whether it was via his videos, the classes he hosted in his shop or just by inviting people over to work on a project. There were always people ‘dropping in’ because they were in the area or made a little side trip to meet Charles in person.

I am not sure of what plans are being made by the family at this time. I’ll let you know more as I learn more. We are still going ahead with the shop tool and wood sale on the 28th & 29th of December to help raise money for the family. Hopefully we will see some of you there.

Thanks,
Jeff

-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com


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#1 posted 12-22-2019 02:37 AM

Wow, what sad news to hear. Sending prayers for the family during this tragic time.

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#2 posted 12-22-2019 03:35 AM

He will be truly missed by many many.
RIP Charles.

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

A true master and great teacher. RIP my friend.

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

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#4 posted 12-22-2019 04:04 AM

RIP Charles, I can not count how much you have taught me as a woodworker. You have inspired many of us in this woodworking craft. My prayers and condolences to the Family.

-- Change begins somewhere, let it begin with me.

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#5 posted 12-22-2019 04:30 AM

RIP Charles. I have always admired Charles and referenced his videos for myself and to answer questions of others. My condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss. Dan

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#6 posted 12-22-2019 04:39 AM

Well I’m shocked. The last I heard/read about Charles what here about him retiring and selling his tools.
RIP Charles

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 12-22-2019 05:13 AM

Does anyone know Charles’s age?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 12-22-2019 05:17 AM

Vaya con dios Charles.
I thought it was a nice gesture that he commented on so many projects.

-- Aj

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#9 posted 12-22-2019 05:55 AM

That’s really sad to hear. I loved his Youtube videos and the fact that despite him being (woodworking) famous, he still took the time to post and answer questions here.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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

Sorry to hear. Condolences to all those who were close to Charles.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#11 posted 12-22-2019 12:25 PM


Well I m shocked. The last I heard/read about Charles what here about him retiring and selling his tools.
RIP Charles

- AlaskaGuy

Me too. I had just read somewhere, maybe here, that he had lost someone close to him recently then I saw the retirement, and auction notice. I had no idea he was ill himself.

Condolences to his family, it is a loss to the woodworking community.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 12-22-2019 01:03 PM

One of the GREATS for sure. He’ll be missed in my shop.

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#13 posted 12-22-2019 01:50 PM

Well I m shocked. The last I heard/read about Charles what here about him retiring and selling his tools.
RIP Charles

- AlaskaGuy

Me too. I had just read somewhere, maybe here, that he had lost someone close to him recently then I saw the retirement, and auction notice. I had no idea he was ill himself.

Condolences to his family, it is a loss to the woodworking community.

- therealSteveN

Sherri, the shop manager and close friend, passed away suddenly earlier this year from heart failure. I believe Charles was 66 years old. He did not want many details about his health posted on the forums which is why we called his shutting down the shop his retirement. As I mentioned in my original post, we will still have the sale of tools and wood on December 28th and 29th.

-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com

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#14 posted 12-22-2019 07:36 PM

lj’s has lost a big piece of it’s soul,he was a great asset to us all,may he rest in peace.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-22-2019 07:39 PM

Very sad news. He was a special man. RIP Charles. You will be missed but you will live on in the teachings you gave us.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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