The passing of a Woodworker. #1: A Lumberjock has passed.......

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Blog entry by jbschutz posted 07-03-2017 01:03 AM 4006 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is with a heavy heart that I report on the death of Roger Bean….one of the greatest woodworker/artists I have ever known. He passed away on June 22 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was my best friend I never met in person. His wife, Lynnette, was gracious in letting me know of his passing. I will miss his counsel, his wry sense of humor, but mostly his inspiration. He taught me a lot about woodworking, but mostly about the patient approach he took to his artistry.
I will toast him with a glass of wine…..and a few quiet moments in my shop. I have a treasure to remember him by….a small walnut box he sent me a few years ago. He posted a series of boxes made from one special piece of walnut someone had given him. I commented on my favorite; the one with the beetle nut lift, saying it was my favorite of the four. About a week later, I received it in the mail…...I will never forget him.
My world and the woodworking community are lessened by his passing. I will miss him.
Sincerely, John Schutz

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 07-03-2017 03:38 AM

So sorry to hear of this. He was truly an inspirational person.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-03-2017 03:46 AM

I’m very sorry to hear this sad news Roger was a major talent I particularly remember the great boxes he made,
may he rest in peace my condolences to his family.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-03-2017 03:51 AM

Roger was surely an inspiration to me, and I think everybody else as well.
I wish I had just a small portion of his talent.
Rest In Peace

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#4 posted 07-03-2017 04:01 AM

John, thanks for passing the information along. Roger was inspiring to me as well.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 07-03-2017 04:50 AM

Roger was truly a gifted artisan. His willingness to share his skills and insights was greatly appreciated. We will miss his incredible contributions to this woodworking community.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 07-03-2017 05:13 AM

Very sad news indeed. Roger was a good friend and a great woodworker.
I will miss him and I will join you in the glass of wine in his honour John.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 07-03-2017 07:38 AM

I can only echo all the same sentiments, he took the time and assisted me when I was building my curved front Box

Here is Rogers box that mine was modeled on

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 07-03-2017 09:38 AM

We were all privileged to see some of the beautiful pieces that Roger made. So sad to hear of his passing.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 07-03-2017 12:34 PM

Travel well Roger Bean.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#10 posted 07-03-2017 01:50 PM

He’ll be missed,RIP Roger.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 07-03-2017 10:07 PM

This is sad news indeed. I haven’t posted anything on the forum for some time, but I couldn’t let this pass without comment.

Roger visited me twice in the UK and it was a privilege to spend time with him – our conversations ranged far and wide as he was knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects.

He was kind enough to credit me with some input into his box making. I’m sure there was some, but he was a skilled woodworker in his own right and had the type of enquiring mind that loved solving problems. He also had the generosity to freely share his solutions. The quality of the work Roger left behind is testament to his enthusiasm, curiosity and endeavour.

He clearly had many friends on Lumberjocks – I’m sure he will be much missed by all of them, and anyone else who came into contact with him.

Andrew Crawford.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK

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#12 posted 07-04-2017 11:07 PM

That’s very sad to hear, thanks for letting us know.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 07-07-2017 12:13 PM

So sad to hear this about Roger, what a great man and craftsman! God bless you Roger, R.I.P.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 07-10-2017 03:47 AM

I will miss Roger, he certainly made me a better woodworker with his enthusiasm and skill.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 07-10-2017 01:57 PM

Sorry to hear this. He is on my bud list also. He was a gr8 craftsman. He will be missed. Condolences to the family and friends. RIP Roger B.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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