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Blog entry by Napaman posted 04-02-2009 05:34 AM 2916 reads 1 time favorited 85 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dear Fellow LJ’s…

If you read no other entry today I would like to ask you to take 5 minutes and read the following plea for help for a great young man…you can learn more about his story here.

I have been a part of this wonderful community for two years and I have seen some great things…projects, jokes, review, forums—-but the part that keeps me coming back is the compassion for woodworking and most importantly the compassion for the fellow members here and the communities we live in.

I would like to ask all of you for a little help…not for me, but for a young 17 year old who has been struggling with a horrible disease for 10 years and has spent 200 days of the past year in the hospital 1500 miles from home His family has been in the Children’s Hospital near Milwaukee to get treatment for his disease…and in the past 200 plus days he has been on an amazing and scary rollercoaster to recovery…6 months ago they were hoping that they would be heading home fully recovered from his transplant by March—-and each time he has gotten close to release something new has popped up that pushes him back…and now the closest estimate is that they will still be in Wisconsin until August/September. All the while his family has uprooted and been living in the hospital with him.

Unfortunately last month a change for the worst was added to his physical illness. Grant—a smiling, intelligent GREAT kid has started to lose hope…he has started to wonder what all this is for and is it time to give up—-ie. His emotional health has started to go down…and the doctors say this worries them more then all the other hurdles he has faced…

This gave me an idea that ALL OF US—-WOODWORKERS can help him greatly…Grant likes to fish with his dad and brother…and on his website where his family writes a daily blog on his health he has chosen a background that has FISHING LURES decorating the sides…the few times that he has been able to leave the hospital he has gone to Cabella’s which I understand is a great outdoors store found in the midwest…

So my fellow LJ’s…I would love to hold a “FISHING LURES FOR GRANT DRIVE”…make a fishing lure, write a card for Grant wishing him his health and maybe a good fishing story…and send it to me…as I receive them I will send them off to Grant as a surprise. He has already expressed the desire for a road trip to get home when he is finally released from the hospital with his dad—-so maybe a road trip that has the promise of some great days of fishing on the way home would really raise his spirits…

Will you help me raise this young man’s spirit…I truly believe this could help him live if he has one more thing to hope for…

If you can contribute reply here…maybe a lure…maybe something that would go in a tackle box…then send me a PM and I will give you my address…as I get several at a time I will send them off to Grant…

My special project…if I get enough of a response from all of you I would like to attempt to make a special tackle box for Grant…I have never made a box but I have seen soooo many great ones on this site that I am sure I will have lots of help…

So what do you say…thanks for reading this far…if you have already made some lures—-help me out by getting the drive off to a good start…

Let me know…keep this blog “fresh on the rotation” when you can by making comment on your progress…if you turn your lure into a project that you post please tell this story and add a link to this blog so that new LJ’s will learn about this drive…

One more favor—-if you know of any LJ’s who have already posted LUREs…send me a message so I can send them a request for a few to get us off to a good start…


Your friend,


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 04-02-2009 08:55 AM

Hi Matt, Good of you to take up Grant’s cause. I don’t make lures, but I have a lot of fishing tackle I haven’t used much in the last few years. OOPs, I guess i do make lures, I tie flies. I am willing to participate. How about it LJ’s? Can we get the ball a rolling? Maybe you should post this as a project, it might get more views and attention.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 11:37 AM

Daren Nelson makes some awesome looking lures and I’m sure he’d be willing to help. He is on the 5th page of the Jocks section on this site. Sorry, I don’t know how to do a link to him.

-- Jed,Ala,

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#3 posted 04-02-2009 12:59 PM

I would love to send you a lure for that young man. For anyone that want to help by making a lure, I get most of my hardware from

Just let me know where to send it.

-- I like to turn

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#4 posted 04-02-2009 02:07 PM

I’m in. PM on the way.

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#5 posted 04-02-2009 03:04 PM

Post or send me your address I have some things I will send


-- -- Doug H, MI

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#6 posted 04-02-2009 03:52 PM

Looks like Darren read the woodworkers OSHA requirements.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 04-02-2009 04:02 PM

Safety first Karson ;). Those hook protectors do keep me/others from getting poked. Mainly I started doing that so the hooks would not scratch the finish in shipping. (I actually used to make those lures as a pretty lucrative business, but got bored, so it is only for fun now)

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 07:13 PM

thanks everyone for responding…if you send me anything—-can you post it as a project/blog and LINK THIS POST…so that the word about this stays fresh…and comes up…thanks…

I am at work right now (the bell just wrung) so i cant read everything now…but will after 3pm…thanks!!!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 04-02-2009 07:21 PM

What a great idea Matt. My heart and prayers go out to thius young man and his family.

As a former hard core tournament bass fisherman, my buddies and I used to love creating our own lures. I would truly enjoy sending some of these to a fellow outdoorsman to use and cherish.

Look for my PM and I will get them on their way.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#10 posted 04-02-2009 08:21 PM

TNANK YOU TREV!!! When I get home I will have morer time to reply…but dont be affraid to ask non-LJ fisherman…that would be cool—-dont forget those FISH STORIES…

AND PLEASE post your project…and link it to this to keep it alive…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 04-02-2009 08:39 PM


I have two fishing websites and would like to post your story on I need your permission to copy the story for publication on this site.

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#12 posted 04-03-2009 02:34 AM

Okay…home from work and finally had the time to slowly look over all the PM’s and messages here on the BLOG… THANKS…we already have quite a few nice offers…THANK YOU…

Cant wait to see these lure projects posted and be able to send them to Grant…

Remember—-if you cant make a lure—maybe you can share some gear…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 04-03-2009 12:08 PM

im in. im not sure how much i have rest but the rest are going to Grant!!!

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#14 posted 04-03-2009 12:37 PM

I’M in…............. I have lures I have not used in years. I’ll send ypu some of the better ones. PM me your address. If I could make some I would but this might be faster.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 04-03-2009 09:38 PM

ALRIGHT!!! Thanks guys…cant wait to see them…will send you a PM tonight when I get home…with my address…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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