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Blog entry by Karson posted 1258 days ago 3198 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was chatting in a message to A1Jim and telling about the work that I did today and I got to thinking about something that has come up in making our toys.

The newspaper article this year brought a new person who wanted to volunteer on helping make toys. But, he has a full time job and is not retired so he wanted to do it at his home in nights and weekends.

So it was agreed that he would help up make our Lincoln Log Cabin toy. This requires about 5,000 ft of 3/4 square stock. We are making it out of Sapele scrap that was donated.

We have been busy for about 5 weeks cutting around 150-300 3’ long sticks each week and he’s been cutting them to length and routing the pieces etc.

But it turn out he is a maintenance man at a prison in Maryland. He has talked to the management and has gotten the OK in the last week to have the inmates assist in making the toys. This is a pilot program to see how it works out.

I’ve tried to do this before, but the prison wasn’t interested because they didn’t want an outsider to come into the prison and have the problems associated with that. In this case John is an insider, He’s already been approved to work with the inmates etc.

So this week they have been using the wood shop in the prison to do the round over and the dadoing of the pieces. The inmates are enjoying the opportunity to learn to use sharp tools for constructive means.

If it works out we might have them select they own toy. It would also be nice if the State would pay for the materials. Since these are not being sold, but given to charities.

We have told the inmates that they are also able to get a toy from our organization to give to a child or grandchild that they have.

Hopefully this will be an enhancement to our toy making activities.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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lew

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#1 posted 1258 days ago

Wow, Karson, what a great turn of events. This has to be a win-win situation for everyone involved!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Geserick

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#2 posted 1258 days ago

Bravo Karson. You never know how something as simple as a woodworking hobby(don’t take that the wrong way) can affect lives. Especially the men in prison. Who knows what this may do for some of the inmates to have something constructive and at the same time helping out kids?
I met you once a few years ago at an LJ picnic. I could tell you were a good person and father. Having met your son also. Keep up the good work.

God bless
Mark G.

-- Mark, South Jersey

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Karson

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#3 posted 1258 days ago

Mark: Glad to see you still around, How are you and your wife doing. You still at the post office.

I keep asking Lee if we are going to have another picnic. He keeps saying yes, but we never seem to get it done. Maybe this year. You missed the last one.

It will be great you see you guys again.

And thanks for the comments. I think this will be a real win/win situation if it gets pulled off successfully.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 1258 days ago

Hi Karson

As you know I have worked prison industries in three different states for 35 years. In all three states that I worked in I was given a building and a bugget to put a custom wood division in. The industries were set up with inmate labor and we did proto types, designed new furniture lines for the bigger furniture industries, built custom furniture and cabinets. These industries are self supporting and recieved no money from the state. I cannot begin to tell you how much the inmates that worked in my shops really enjoyed doing this type of work. A lot of them were very tallented and did a great job for me. I hope this project of yours works out for you. I know the inmates really appriciate having an opportunity to do this tpe of work.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1258 days ago

Great story I hope the prisoner thing works out.

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 1258 days ago

Good one Karson. Any way to make toys for kids is a good way.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1258 days ago

All the best to all involved. Sounds like a worth will effort.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 1258 days ago

Sounds really good, Karson.

Very good idea…

They have the time to put in on it… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1257 days ago

That’s great buddy;

You could end up with nothing to do, if this goes well. Then how you going to stay out of trouble?

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 1257 days ago

that is a very positively interesting outcome of things Karson. curious as to how it will turn out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1257 days ago

hope it will work out sounds like a great oppetunity if …..
to learn others to work with wood and be creative on the long lane

thank´s for sharing Karson

take care
Dennis

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Woodwrecker

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#12 posted 1257 days ago

Not that sounds like a positive rehabilitative program to me.
Good going Karson.

-- Having fun...Eric

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jack1

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#13 posted 1257 days ago

Neat.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Napaman

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#14 posted 1257 days ago

very cool!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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