LumberJocks

Wheelchair Woodworking

  • Advertise with us
Blog series by Jamie Speirs updated 9 days ago 16 parts 36798 reads 237 comments total

Part 1: Woodturning with a Disability

1356 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 15 comments »

WOODTURNING from the Wheelchair(just a copy and paste from www.jamiespeirs.com ) Woodturning is one of the crafts that lends itself towards most disabilities. It can be done in a fairly small area with relatively inexpensive equipment. It is not overly strenuous and can be quick to show results; hence it’s mass popularity. The object of this is not to go into any great detail about woodturing itself, rather on guidelines on what look for in a course or in a tutor. Red Pine Three T...

Read this entry »


Part 2: Time to move on.

1331 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 17 comments »

I write this with a heavy heart.I thought twice about sharing this, but then I realised that it is important to share the sad with the glad. About ten years ago I was approached by the local Authority to see if I could take a young man with a Learning Disability.I never promise that they can do woodwork until I have interviewed the person. When I have the interview all my other “Jolly Rogues” will be around at a distance appearing busy. We have a close knit wee team and it is i...

Read this entry »


Part 3: Time to further move on

1331 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 20 comments »

Well, thanks for all the nice replies.When he started coming here it was always in the company of a carer or the title of support worker. This was a strange set up, whenever we spoke to him he would look at the floor and wait for the carer to answer. This we soon solved, Gordon (my right hand) took the carer to one side and taught them to turn.This gave me the opportunity to work one on one. So begun the making shavings. He must have made garden dibbers and spurtle’s for everyone that he knew...

Read this entry »


Part 4: Woman's Work

1326 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 19 comments »

This was a story that I was unsure about sharing as it is a fairly complicated situation. I have just come back from a short Retreat and while I was there I got speaking to a friend who is a cello player.She told me the story of how she had worked with a young woman also with Cerebral Palsy. They created a dance routine with music.So I decided to write about it.One of the most prolific woodturner’s that I ever had the pleasure of teaching was a young womanShe has Cerebral Palsy along with a f...

Read this entry »


Part 5: Helping Hands a two way street

1322 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 16 comments »

Thank you all for the encouragement.I’ve had some really great PM’s, with some great questions. In this title I could relate to many wonderful folk over the years. I thought though I would relate a story of one of my Jolly Rouges who is now a mere 76.In 2004 I got a phone call asking about woodturning lessons for this woman’s Dads 70th Birthday.They live in Glasgow and although that is only a slow one hour drive, I suggested that she find someone in Glasgow.Next I new she...

Read this entry »


Part 6: Helping Hands part two

1321 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 18 comments »

Sorry for the break, I’m not good at getting things down. I wander to much. :) Well there was a post tutorial discussion with my Right Hand Man Gordon. (I must make a note to tell you about Gordon my RHM) Pulling teeth was our consensus. Gordon asked if he had paid the full eight weeks? Worse, nine weeks. I had thrown in an extra week. Some folk who travel will often come for a weekend or two. I prefer doing it weekly and give them homework for the next. After eight weeks they reall...

Read this entry »


Part 7: Helping Hands part three Taking

1320 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 8 comments »

The takingI think this is one of the hardest parts. Is it that we don’t like taking? Maybe it is a matter of pride, accepting help even when it might not be needed by ourselves. I needed to realise that others also have a need to give and if they cant allow them give, we are being selfish. I continually use bearings, might be a dust thing or perhaps I’m just a bit to rough on my wheelchairs. I normally just buy new bearings on line. It is quick and easy. So when I needed some bearings for ...

Read this entry »


Part 8: My Right Hand Man Gordon

1317 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 7 comments »

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.Go...

Read this entry »


Part 9: Right hand man Gordon part two

1315 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 10 comments »

We finally get things moving and get a Draper swivel head variable speed lathes. Were all the rage years ago. It immediately had a problem with it’s capacitor. Happens to be the only thing that goes wrong with this motor. It’s fairly bullet proof. So I ask Draper if they can send a spare capacitor. I get a snooty reply telling me that a replacement was being sent and the other lathe was my responsibility until it was collected at their convenience. Now I don’t know about you all, but that typ...

Read this entry »


Part 10: Victorian Workshop from Scratch

1301 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 21 comments »

Victorian Workshop from Scratch Well have you ever considered what your dream workshop would consist of? Of course we all have.Well four weeks ago my wife (Shirley) shows me a picture of an old Victorian Building. My jaw dropped it was my type of building. I said is that in case we win the Lottery, we laugh but she has that look in her eye (you know the one “I’ve nearly tamed you therefore I can do anything look”. She then suggests that we could go out to lunch at the Holy Bush, a local re...

Read this entry »


Part 11: Pool Champion

463 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 20 comments »

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 comm...

Read this entry »


Part 12: There is a girl in the shop.............

458 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 11 comments »

There is a “Girl” in the Shop Yes it is true and also wonderful for keeping the Boys under control. Although we don’t have a toilet seat issue. One of the great things about converting an old commercial building is that we have Ladies Gents & disabled toilets. Oddly, when our female friends first get the tour they always say that “you will be removing the urinals, wont you”? Well no! I’ve got sons, grandsons and I also come from a long line of men and it says Men on the door so they...

Read this entry »


Part 13: Shop #1 Pictures

448 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 25 comments »

Ok Sheila here are some pictures, safe to say the opposite of your shop.There is not a lot to say and if a picture paints a thousand words then;

Read this entry »


Part 14: Letter fae Denmark

446 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 13 comments »

I got this great letter today from DenmarkAs you can see there is an Origami and a leather strop for my knifeThe knife in the picture is one that I made years ago another thing the writer and I have in common.We both also make knifes and do leather-work.Unfortunately we both have spinal injuries, but we both smile a lotDo you know who it is yet?Jamie

Read this entry »


Part 15: A restoration & random pics

439 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 11 comments »

Greetings My Buddies, well this week a got an interesting item brought into the shop by RozIt is an Edwardian Masters Desk. It looks as though great attention to detail was done by the original makerI’ll post photos and describe them as I go through them The Desk belong to Roz’s brother in law who is a teacher at one of the local high schools. He has an interesting student that has some physical disabilities with his arms. Between us I made a slant/writing slope. The wee lad ca...

Read this entry »


Part 16: Craft Syndrome

9 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 6 comments »

Cant believe that it is over a year since a blog. Mads has been to Scotland andis back in a few days :) I’m as usual backed up with orders, not that effects mytime out to create.Now that is the pita that causes the backlog. Honest its scientifically sound.My DIL Annes birthday was last Friday, no rush there then. Ok that looks as if there is hope. One feather and it will come down fast.It is loosely based on an idea I’m playing with on Shaker themed piece donewith a natural edg...

Read this entry »



DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase