Challanging times at Prairie Wodworks #1: Introduction, my story, and my new journey

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Blog entry by PrairieWoodworks posted 09-05-2011 10:00 PM 1068 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all,
I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tim, I joined lumberjocks a while ago. But I found myself quite busy in my shop and didnt have a lot of time to spend updating my information. I have a full time regular corporate america Job and want to move into furniture and cabinetry making full time at some point. My twin brother has a successful custom cabinetry business inMishicot WI. I envy him being able to do what he loves full time. I will one day get there. But for now my side business of making sawdust keeps me sane from corporate america. My shop is my sactuary. I have been doing furniture, cabinetry, and remodeling for many many years. I absolutely love it. I always have projects going and keep very busy.

Prairewoodworks started in the basement of my preveous house I designed and built. My background is in architecture and now I work in informations systems. So I have to do side jobs to get my fix in design. Unfortunately my ex wife now has my dream house. I was the general contractor, my brothers and I framed it and got it closed up and ready for the subs. we did the woodworking within the house and it was gorgeous. We spent a lot of time doing it right. My twin brother did the extrodinary amount of beautiful red birch cabinets. It took me a long time to get over that whole chapter in my life but the experience was amazing. After spending all that time and effort to create a work of art and she ends up with it. You can check out my website under projects to see a picture of it.

I have a new chapter I started a year and a half ago. I told my realtor I was looking for a new place. The only must have a was a great shop and it just needed a house to live in. I could work with whatever came with the shop. So she found a great shop and it came with a great house. I was in heaven. When she took me to see it I got out of the car and walked right to the shop. She turned around and said “dont you want to look at the house first?”. She knows me so she grinned and restated her comment by saing “Oh by the way the shop comes with the house”. The shop was perfect… a furnace, high ceilings, a storage bay.” I said “lets put in an offer” she said “ok, you want to see the house now?” ha ha… oh sure why not.. I was able to get a great deal on it and started the moving my shop from my big storage unit. It took six months to get it setup and ready for some production work. I was able to spend a lot of time out there even with doing house projects that had to get done. I can blame the house projects not getting done because of the time I spend out in the shop. It it truely my sawdust heaven!

This year has been quite a challenging journey. Early in the year I started not feeling well and was spending less and less time in my shop working on projects. Just for the fact I had no energy. In early May I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer stage IV. It had spread to two mall spots on my liver. I have been doing chemo for 3 months and finally finished my last treatmet about two weeks ago. Everthing is going quite well and will be scheduled soon for colon surgery to remove the tumor. They will later continue treating the two small tumors in my liver which have shrunk with chemo. I have not had any energy with chemo to spend a whole lot of time in my shop. Here and there for a few hours but nothing like I was. I would spend hours and hours in my sanctuary. Sometimes until midnight or later. So hence, here I am spending more and more time on lumberjocks trying to my fix of the woodworking world while I deal with my latest challange. I guess the next few months will be spent on this site while I recover from surgery. I have found it very enjoyable looking at everyones shops, projects, blogs, and postings. Its great therapy for my current journey. Thank you lumberjocks for providing this great site for everyone to share their journey in woodworking.

My new journey
I have came up with a new wood cancer awareness ribbon idea to support cancer awareness while still working with wood a little bit and helping cover my lost shop revenue while I fight this horrible disease. I hope you like my new idea and maybe some of you will even help support my journey by spreading the word about cancer awareness and my ribbons. I will be selling these for around $10 plus s/h and small customization charges if required.

Wood cancer support ribbons wood ribbons.
-Refrigerator magnets
-Christmas ornaments
-Appropriate color accents for specific cancers
-They can have words of encouragement like hope, faith, love
-I can custom make or add wording or names
-They will include a hanging trinket to match the holiday season or occasion (like a xmas ornament)
-Hang them from your car mirror or where ever you want
-They will be finished to bring out the woods beautiful grain
-One side can be light colored like maple or birch and the other side can be walnut, mahogany, cherry, or oak.
-Roughly 5.5” x 2.5”

I will also be donating a portion of the costs to support the fight against cancer and helping awareness.

Please check my projects on this site for a few exmples of them. I will be adding more pictues in the future.

Thats it for now. Happy sawdust making everyone!
You can use the contact form on my home page to inquire or order ribbons.

Thank you so much!
No one fights cancer alone!

-- Prairie Woodworks, Poynette WI,

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 12:53 PM

So sorry to hear about your rough journey. But as I’m sure all of us on here could say, “at least you have woodworking”. lol but seriously I hope your recovery goes well and wood cancer awareness takes off. If there is anything I can do let pen know. I would be interested in one of the ribbons.

-- Josh- What you put in determines what you get out.

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