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12-22-2019 03:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: death notice

I’m so very sorry to inform you That my friend Charles Neil has pasted away. I’m very sad!

Here’s a post from facebook that Jeff who has been a great friend to Charles has posted

I am very sad to write that Charles 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 which is why he didn’t want too many specifics posted on Facebook because he didn’t want everyone to worry.

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, edited and hosted all in-house. The last formal show posted was #470 and with the many informal shows (including myself on video!) 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. There were also the ‘regulars’ like Sherri, Crystal, Devon, Billy, Ed, Sam, Norm, Jim P, Mike G and I guess myself.

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.


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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.


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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

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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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#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

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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


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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#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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