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01-30-2015 12:50 AM

If you have not heard, I suffered a serious stroke in April. For all intents and purposes, my right arm and hand are worthless. I’ve made some progress and I expect to make more, but I don’t think I will ever reach the point when I can work in the shop safely. I have not completely given up yet, but I am starting to deal with a sad reality.

When/if I give up, I will have a great collection of tools and some great wood to sell.

Stay tuned.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 12:52 AM

Never give up, you never know what tomorrow might bring. Take care.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 12:52 AM

Prayers for you! Don’t give up yet!

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 12:55 AM

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you!!

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 12:55 AM

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you!!

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 01-30-2015 12:55 AM

I’m sorry to hear that Rich. Is there any possibility of working wood differently than you’ve done in the past?

You’re in my prayers.

-- Billy

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#6 posted 01-30-2015 01:00 AM

Rich, I am a Physical Therapist Asst that works with people who have had strokes all the time. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!! I have seen patients make amazing progress/comebacks. The most important thing is YOUR mental attitude. All of my patients “want” to make progress…. but the most successful patients are those who are DETERMINED to progress.

Wishing you all the best success…


-- Live to dive.... dive to LIVE!

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#7 posted 01-30-2015 01:30 AM

Rich, Very sad news indeed. Most neurologists say that you won’t know what you’ve got for 24 months post stroke at a minimum. Keep up the rehab and don’t sell your tools yet!

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

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#8 posted 01-30-2015 01:38 AM

Aw Rich, dang it! Hang in there and keep up the rehab, +1 to what Andy said.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 01-30-2015 01:40 AM

Sorry to hear it Rich. As everyone has noted, give it some time and take baby steps going forward.


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#10 posted 01-30-2015 01:44 AM

My condolences. My grandfather had a stroke a few years back that left his entire left side paralyzed and unable to speak.

Perhaps you could do wood carving? With a bench that has a lot of clamping abilities, it might be something that you could pursue.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#11 posted 01-30-2015 01:51 AM

Sorry to hear of your setback.
Please, don’t go throwin’ in the towel just yet….

Seems Richard & Andy may just know what they’re talking about!!!

Positive attitude, determination & hard work….
have gotten many a people where they want to be….Good luck!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 01-30-2015 01:55 AM

Hi Rich,

Don’t give up. My wife and I are currently on vacation in New Zealand. We took a day-long guided city/cultural/winery tour in Nelson on the South Island. During one stop I was admiring some local woodworker’s display and the tour guide asked me about my interest in woodworking. He said he had a good friend who was a woodworker and he suggested stopping by to see him.

This fellow was in the middle of a move from a very large shop to a downsized setting. The reason for the move was that he had been involved in a major automobile accident a year ago that cost him his wife, daughter, the use of his right arm, and some other residual impairment. He is still actively working in his shop, using some special jigs and techniques he has developed. He showed us many very nice pens he had recently turned form local wood species. He has an apprentice who works a few hours each afternoon in the shop and he is passing on his craft to that individual.

A very nice visit and an inspirational story. Give your own situation some time before you decide to totally give up your woodworking. You may need to cut back on the scale of projects you work on and may occasionally need some help to accomplish a specific task, but there has to be some aspect of woodworking that you can continue to enjoy.

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#13 posted 01-30-2015 02:06 AM

let this brew in your mind for some time, if i could i would help you go into this slowly, if you can after a period of time and you dont feel good about it, then take a week pretending what its like to be without it…just be sure….when my time comes, i will ask my sons what they would like, maybedo a closed bid….or i might sell it all and spend the money on my grandchildren,my, when one door closes another door opens, and you can scale down and move on…if you want any help, just ask,,,,i know how this is making you feel i really do.ive had this diccussion with my self, and if my sons want itthis coming christmas will be a good time to go out to the shop, get the wood stove going and hash it to me the kee of it all is im done with it, and i want my boys to be happy with what they get from dad…and the same time i can see if i can help them get more proficient with it…the gola is to be happy, every one.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 01-30-2015 02:47 AM

Hey Rich. SO good to hear from you as I’ve been worried as to whats going on. I told you once that i always just wanted read what you had to say because its always interesting. I hope you recover well not just to work wood, but to be better. Do what makes you feel good. Drive tractors and hug grandkids! Remember that if it weren’t for the bad days, you wouldn’t know when you’re having a good day. PLEASE let us know whats going on with you and woodworking or not, stay on this website please.


-- I'm him

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#15 posted 01-30-2015 02:54 AM

Bummer. I would say there is hope. Don’t sell me your tools yet. Perhaps you will find a niche that you can do safely. My wife’s uncle suffered a severe stroke years ago. He has lost use of his right arm, but he still does neat carvings with his left.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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