this might be a bit premature..

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Blog entry by RBWoodworker posted 10-06-2009 05:03 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now this might be a bit premature..but I am very excited.. I signed up to take a seminar with Paul Schurch..who is a world renowned marquetry/veneer craftsman (google paul schurch to see his designs and website). This gentleman was referred to me by Lee Jesberger.. And I have e mailed Paul to discuss taking his class.. Now im not sure if I mentioned this before..but I have been declared legally deaf by the state of Calif.. And taking educational classes has been difficult. I can hear sounds..and read lips and my speech fine I graduated from school with honors..but as of hearing has been horrible.. I was very scepticle to pay upwards of 500 dollars for a class that I couldn’t hear in.. So I e mailed the owner of the woodcraft store where the seminar will be held and discussed my concerns with the owner..and she in turn discussed it with Paul who insisted on speaking with me to assure that he will make sure I am near him and that I hear what he’s saying and will make sure I’m aware of what’s being done.. Basically he’s going out of his way to help me.. So in February 20 and 21..I will be in his class learning to do veneering and marquetry and will be making a jewelry box for my sweety in his class.. So I have 5 months to wait..but I had to share this with my friends @ Lumberjocks..

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 05:10 AM

Hey Randy
Good news about the class. Sorry to hear about your hearing . I hope other things are working out for you.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 05:21 AM

good for you , randy .
i had a friend that went blind at 21 ,
he took a carpentry course for blind people ,
they have special tools for them ,
and was making dressers and tables ,
last i saw him !
don’t give up ,
were with you here ,
God bless you and your sweety

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 05:22 AM

You go man!
Don’t let your disability hold you back!
You’ll do just fine and you can always ask if you didn’t quite get it. Even hearing folk don’t always get it.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 06:00 AM

Paul Schurch is a rock star in the world of veneer and marquetry. I am deeply jealous!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 07:40 AM

Thanks for the kind words ..all of you.. after I’m finished with his class..I know I’m going to have to produce and show you all what I’ve learned, which i will be happy to do..

-- Randall Child

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 08:27 AM

As a visually-impaired guy … I’m totally in your court, and hope that your experience is a HUGE success.

Also … as a former (moved 10/08) San Diegan … I’m guessing you’re in Rancho Bernardo??

Have a great class. If you’re anything like me … it isn’t easy asking for help … but … sometimes it’s what you have to do (if you didn’t catch something, need it written down, need info about websites where you can READ something for more info, rather than try to listen to further explanation, etc.).

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 10-06-2009 12:37 PM

I took a week long class with Paul.
You will have a great time and learn quite a lot.
Paul is very much a people person and he would not just let you in the course if he felt you could not be given the right amount of attention.
Besides, it’s mostly visual and manual.
The advantage of being hard of hearing is you won’t hear your neighbor cuss when he screws up.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 12:51 PM

good for you!
my hearing loss forced my retirement from the fire service and led to my woodworking.
one door closes and another opens up
my wife calls it “selective hearing”

-- Ron, Missouri

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 09:51 PM

I hope you enjoy the class and I am envious of you and would love to go to one of his classes. Have a great time.

-- Billp

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 10:47 PM

We all suffer hearing loss with age…some of us more so because of the profession we were in….after many many years in the construction industry…I am partially deaf myself (I wore a lot of hearing protection – not enough it seems – but luckily my affliction is not as unfortunate as yours)....but it is most gratifying to hear that the teacher has made a great effort to accomodate your disability….Enjoy the class….it sounds like a lot of good and fun information.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 11:19 PM

Hey Randy,

Glad to hear it. Ah, poor choice of words, but you know what I mean.

I’m just sorry I couldn’t take you up on the suggestion of us taking the class together!

As Todd said, they don’t get any better than Paul Schurch.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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