Wheelchair Woodworking #11: Pool Champion

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 04-03-2013 09:53 PM 2207 reads 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it has been a long time since I blogged and I’m not sure how Blog worthy this will be.

Well you have all met young Ryan, one of my Jolly Rouges. He got a a Top Three for his first project with his Creepie/Stool. That made him so proud that he even chose the picture for his avatar on Facebook. That has led him to have the confidence to go on to further projects even a Commission for another stool for one of his carers. I know furniture designer/makers that have not yet had a commission. I wander.
Well Ryan is also a keen Pool player and was at the finals last week where he came second in the European Singles Championship.

What has all this to do with woodwork you may ask. Well in anticipation for the finals he decided to make a case for his pool cue. Yes this is the woodworking project. However the project was not finished on time, not his fault though. I’ve been rather ill since December so I’m to blame. So when he returns there will not be any rush, until two weeks before next years final, you know the story. :)
Another delay is that he has a scrollsaw project that he is busy on that he wants to finish. Yes he has also started on the scrollsaw after I rebuilt an el cheapo and converted it to pin-less blades, Lots of help from LJs Sheila Landry & William thanks guys. He is getting really good on the scrollsaw which is surprising considering that it is me who is doing the teaching and I’ve yet to finish a scrollsaw project myself, just lots of tips & help again from Sheila, main thing is that he is enjoying himself,
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Ok now what has Kens project got to do with all this. Well being that scrolling is new to our shop we dont have much in the way of equipment. Especially with fine blades keys and the other bits that you use. So after getting in touch with Ken he has helped us to make one like his. So this is going to be Ryan’s new project. I will keep you posted. I managed to buy another scrollsaw a Hegner that I got on eBay for a fair price. Thing is now the others all want to try scrolling. I think I will have to make a rota or they could arm wrestle for a turn :) or do some sanding.

Other bit of news is that I’ve another Jolly Rouge called Rosalyn or just Roz who is a Girl (we dont get many much the pity). I think I may blog about her later.

I’ve not had a lot of time to make a lot myself due to health. My bypass failed and I hoped to have surgery earlier this year. As it turns out the risks of any operation are to high. So I’m on a liquid diet for ever. I may have wandered again…..............................
My reason for getting the scrollsaw set up as I wanted to have something for me to do post op as the last time I was not able to do much for six weeks. My plan was to get timber ready so that I could do scrolling during recuperation. I had patterns from Sheila, watched her tutorials and even commissioned a design from Sheila for a product that I knew would sell. Oh! the project. Well I was going to make a series of lamps with religious symbols cut out and coloured glass on the back.
The upside of all this is that I’ve learned a new skill. I’m busy with this at the moment.

Thanks for reading

-- 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

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Don W

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 10:14 PM

sorry to hear about the health issues Jamie. Best wishes. Keep the scroll saw projects coming.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 10:34 PM

Take care Jamie. And congrats to Ryan :D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 10:49 PM

Hi Jamie,
Take care and God bless for your health and recuperation.
I am proud as well that you have somebody to pass on your expertise and talents in woodworking. What a nice and caring family you have.
Send my regards to all of them. Ryan, keep up the good work and congratulations.
Thanks for sharing your family virtues,

-- Bert

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 11:03 PM

Hi Jamie, good to hear from you once again. I’m sorry to hear of your health issues but it is good to know you keep pressing ahead and working with the Jolly Rouges. Best wished!!!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 11:36 PM

Hey Bud, I think that your willingness to work with the “Jolly Rouges” in spite of your own health struggles speaks volumes of your character. I am danged proud to say I know ya mate…keep up the good fight.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 12:18 AM

This is so nice to see! What a wonderfully positive influence you are on these young men. What you are teaching them is way beyond woodworking. I am really proud to have you as a friend. :)

The project came out amazing, too!

Take care my friend, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 12:30 AM

Sounds like you are continuing to do quite a lot for someone who should be laying low? You Know James krenov continued to do woodworking after his eyesight failed.
Keep up the good work and rest as you have to.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 01:17 AM

Jamie- You are an inspiration to all of us! Those young people you mentor will always remember where they began/learned. I’m prayin that your health status improves. In the meantime, keep up the good work!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 05:50 AM

Hi Jamie: You are such a kind, caring, thoughtful, considerate and downright lovable guy!! Those young people will always keep a special place in their hearts for you. Whether they carry on with woodworking in the future or not, they have experienced a taste of hands-on success that will help boost pride in themselves and their accomplishments from such wonderful encouragement you have given them!
Your woodworking projects are a continual display of artistic accomplishments!! That star/sunburst design is beautiful!
Please try to keep as healthy as possible so you can do what you love to do best … and keep us all entertained with your results :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 08:14 AM

Thanks everyone
I get a lot more out than I put in
Skill sharing is great fun

-- 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

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 09:07 AM

You are a Good Man my Friend…
Please take Good Care!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 09:32 AM

I’m very sorry to hear that you have been ill Jamie. It is very commendable that in spite of your own problems, you continue to help those young folks make a better life for themselves. What you are doing is the essence of love. The kind of love that is an act and not just a feeling.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-04-2013 10:14 AM

Jamie, Sorry about your health. I have faith you will win the battle and get well…. Thx for the mention and I was glad to help you and Ryan out with the plans. Blondie and I do chairty work every Fri and some saturdays with our Chlt Lab at the schools and VA hospital. Not sure who gets more out of it, the people or our lab (smile) I come from a family that had a pool table throughout our lives and would love to get beat by ryan.. :>) Were kicking around a trip over to Ireland and Scotland I’ll keep you informed.

Good luck to all of you!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 04-04-2013 12:40 PM

Good to see you passing on the skills and interest in woodworking to a new generation, Jamie. I wish you well with your health. Not a bad blog at all, mate.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 04-04-2013 04:32 PM

Jamie, great to hear you in good spirits and continuing to move forward despite the health issues. Your an inspiration man.

Congrats to Ryan!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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