Gordon is my right hand man, I thought that I would tell you a bit about how he has changed my life.
Gordon and I were introduced to each other by his brother in law fifteen years ago. I was in hospital with his BIL and he thought that we would get on. Gordon is also disabled and has many similar interests. We both like Counrty & western music along with the 60’s & 70’s music we grew up with. We both went gun slinging, It is the UK so we fire blanks. Will we ever grow up? I hope not.
Going to the C&W club was a regular weekly outing until it closed down. Dressed up with the full cowboy gear and our replica guns, yes the wild West coast of Scotland is some place. We are the only place that Elvis Presley ever visited in the UK. Prestwick Airport to be precise and then it was only a stop over from Germany to the USA. Prestwick Airport was the main long hall to the US & Canada. Both Air Forces still have a small presence there. We even have the American White house here #2 where Ike stayed. http://www.aboutscotland.com/culzean/index.html
So where does this all connect with what I do now.
Everything basically, he had confidence in me (so did my wife, but that’s different).
Shirley had suggested that I could possibly take up woodturning. She had even found an instructor that was “Wheelchair Friendly”. She had even booked my first lesson. Boy we had a few words over that, I acted like a spoiled brat during that period. Always throwing my toys out the pram (I swear Shirley is an Angel without wings).
So I went to the first lesson (you women know that we always do as we are told EVENTUALLY). It was a disaster. He had a bar stool that had been in more Bar Fights than I had, and that is saying something! He also taught by putting his arms around you. It felt way to familiar as a man I don’t know how a woman would take it. Then the Toilet (The first requirement if you invite a wheelchair user over). His wife did not let strangers use her toilet but we can go behind the shed. Again as a man I felt kind of uncomfortable with that.
So I decided there and then that I was going back to woodworking and going to set up a w/shop where folk of any disability could come and try woodworking for themselves.
When I bought a lathe with no where to put it. We got lumber and made a bench in the dinning room (yes, I know my wife is wonderful) and got the lathe up in running. It was the worst lathe that I ever saw. The bed had a steel door hinge welded in the middle.
I had not long had my accident and we had just bought a new house. So from a two income mortgage that had to be paid by one income.
So we had collected pennies and loose change to buy this. I was drinking heavily as well, so you can imagine the pennies often went to booze first. It was a bit of a “Catch 22” situation. The more woodwork I did, the less I drank. But when I drank, I had no money for woodwork. There was a court case going on, with me getting examined & cross-examined weekly by medical consultants then by legal consultants. Not a fun time. I discovered that the hospital where I had had my accident had forged the accident report. I’ll come back to this (remind me if I forget).
I wander again.
We had a bit of a laugh today. I got an email from a worried customer (my customers often become close friends, always keen to see your latest pieces (I do a lot of one offs) and give encouragement. So here is my reply. Gordon is sulking over it or as we say in Scotland “he has an awfae powted lip”.
thank you for that.
I’ve been up awe night wi my digestive system trying to absorb a glass
Looks as if something is wrong wi the bi-pass, still I see Professor Carter
on the 10th.
How are you keeping?
I’m not rushing wi the order as the lock on the w/shop is frozen solid and
all ma elves are on the outside.
I’ll get the big fat bloke aka Santa aka Gordon to see into the situation and
What do you think? LoL
In a White Scotland
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe