Those of you close to me and my simple projects know my work has me serve the men and women who defend our freedoms overseas. My relief valve has been and will continue to be maintaining a simple “wood shop” in my hooch that will allow me to make a few simple things and maintain my sanity in hostile surroundings. My biggest problem has always been getting wood to work with at an Embassy where I cannot leave. My R&R let me come home every 6 months and I try to re-stock then, using the flat rate USPS boxes to ship things back to my post. Today I received a welcome surprise from a new friend, Eric Saperstein of Artisians of the Valley. 2 USPS boxes of scrap wood from their projects around their shop. What a windfall it is too. Fortunately he wrote on some pieces so I will know what they are. All are great too. I will keep everyone posted as the woods emerge into future projects of mine. This is NOT a letter of solicitation for more wood, just a Thank You to Artesians of the Valley for their contributions. I promise to make them into gifts that I often make for my co-workers and service men I serve with.
Doug Perkins, U.S. Embassy Afghanistan
-- A childs smile is payment enough.