I just talked with Mark DeCou

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Blog entry by Karson posted 2724 days ago 883 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just spent the last hour talking with Mark.

He has a little (OK maybe more) pain. The surgery was just below the rib cage so any coughing or heavy breathing brings on pain. He said that he is trying to use many short breaths to ease the suffering.

No driving for a week and no workshop for 10 days to 2 weeks. No lifting anything over 10 lbs.

We spent a lot of time discussing LumberJocks and the changes we see and possible some changes we’d like to see. (Like with all of the new activity we see on the site it’s getting harder to be able to visit all of the pages and make comments.) Don made a comment to the effect earlier today.

All in all he is in good spirits. He said that he told his wife to log in and tell everyone that he was doing fine. She told him that I had called and was going to do that.

So here is a later update.

I’m not sure when he’ll be logging back in because he said that he is trying to sit up more. So his time away from the workshop will not be spent at the keyboard.

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

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#1 posted 2724 days ago

Thanks, Karson.

Mark, we are praying for you, Buddy!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 2724 days ago


I wish you well and a quick recovery and look forward to your return.

thanks Karson for relaying the info that is very kind of you

-- Dusty

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#3 posted 2724 days ago

Thanks Karson,

Mark, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

We’ll be “chatting” again real soon, meanwhile,
Rest up brother.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 2724 days ago

Praying for a speedy and complete recovery,Mark.

Thanks for the update, Karson.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Roger Strautman

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#5 posted 2724 days ago

Thank you Karson for the update!

Mark, you’re in my prayers. Keep you head up.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2724 days ago

Barb, & I wish you a rapid recovery, so take it easy, & rest up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 2724 days ago

Mark will be fine, he just needed some time off.

Karson… tell him I’m trying to talk Martin into starting “LUMBERJOCKS: The Magazine. Articles, tool reviews, advertising and most importantly Money for Martin. For people that are smart enough to click a link, but not smart enough to upload a picture there’s LUMBERJOCKS:The Magazine How to Articles, projects, this actually has great potential

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2724 days ago

and you can have all the ice cream you can eat!

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#9 posted 2724 days ago

Will do Obi:

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

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Philip Edwards

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#10 posted 2724 days ago

Thanks for letting us know, Karson.
Get well soon Mark,
Phil :)

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#11 posted 2724 days ago

sending you lots of good vibes, Mark.
Slow and steady… don’t rush the process.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 2724 days ago

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick James 5:15

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#13 posted 2724 days ago

Tell Mark God Bless, and he’s in my prayers. I don’t know how we’re going to keep going without him, somebody will step up I suppose. But we miss you terrible big guy. Love you brother, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 2724 days ago

Get well soon Mark.
I talk to Mark last week and i am having similar problems so my heart goes out to him.
I hope you have a speedy recovery

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#15 posted 2723 days ago

thanks folks, who would have thought that a silly website could be so meaningful?

Karson did tell me about Obi’s thoughts on the “Magazine”. He also had some cool ideas for project competitions in between the normal Summer & Winter ones. And he told me about all of the new activity, new jocks, new projects, and people’s comments. So, you can see why I got so excited and ran out of breath!

thanks folks, keep us updated on your condition John.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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