Schummie Fund Raiser - Help A Fellow Woodworker Realize His Dream

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 08-18-2008 09:56 PM 1767 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago Al Navas shared a very nice idea with me. He was touched by a case of one of our fellow LumberJocks – Henrie Schumacher – and he decided to help Schumie to realize his dream to do some woodworking once again…

Henrie’s background:
Schummie (Henrie) lives in The Netherlands. He is married, has a wonderful wife, and three wonderful children, two boys and one girl. He was a policeman, until tragic events on the job forever changed his life. Henrie is physically handicapped, but is able to use tools while sitting in a special wheel chair. And he would love to be able to make things with wood once again!

Al will hold this fund raiser for two weeks in August (to September 1st), to help Henrie realize his dream of converting his garage into a woodworking shop, and to buy some tools. I have just contributed to this fundraiser on behalf of

If you’re considering a contribution, please read all details on Sandal Woods blog.


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Al Navas

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#1 posted 08-18-2008 10:05 PM


You ARE THE MAN! Thanks for your support of the fund raiser for Schummie.

Henrie has already received some donations, followed by several e-mail messages. It is a tough time for him, as it is such an emotional time. But I am certain that, together, we can help a fellow woodworker to ”... realize a dream…”, as you beautifully put it.

Thanks again! And my gratitude will always be with Lumberjocks, and with the Chief behind !!!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#2 posted 08-18-2008 10:32 PM

Martin that is a very good thing to do I was chatting with Henrie a while back regarding his problem and I could send some of my tools to him because I am in a way in the same boat he is I have Adult Leukemia and I can only work some days and I need to expand my place to work and I am unable to do it takes to much of me to do so making my tools which is my hobby which I love more than anything so without an expansion I might as well give my tools away, that may kill me but if it helps another it would be a good thing to do

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#3 posted 08-19-2008 12:36 AM

Best woodworker friends,

I don’t now what to say, and I don’t know the best way to say thanks,
But I want to thank the ones who send me a donation, thanks from my heart!
It is not alone the money, but the feeling that there are people
in a far away country who think of me, and care about me, and even want to help me.

It is now almost 9 years since the accident. The first years you get a lot of research,
operations and rehabilitation, and then you have hope that it will get better.
But after a couple of years you feel and hear that it not going to get better and
than gets live very difficult. The doctors said that there are medical no possibilities more for me
and that hurts, day in day out.

And then you are coming in a period that you now that your illness will not improve,
and that the illness and the pain get worse. Then begins a hard period, everyone is busy,
your “friends” don’t know what to do; and they stay away, and you stay alone with your family.

And then is it a really great feeling when I get an email from you woodworkers.
You don’t know how good that feels.

I want to thank you from my heart for your kind words, and for your donation.

I wish you all the best.

Schummie alias Henrie

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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Don Niermann

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#4 posted 08-19-2008 04:12 AM

Glad to help

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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Al Navas

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#5 posted 08-20-2008 03:25 AM

GMman and Don,
Thanks! I know that Schummie will be very, very thankful.

Thank you! It is always hard to give away our tools, but much easier if we know it will help someone more than we can benefit from them ourselves. And there is great satisfaction in doing so!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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Al Navas

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#6 posted 08-27-2008 04:55 PM

To everyone:

This is a gently “bump”, for the Wednesday crowd, in the event some of you have missed this post by Martin. I hope you will find it in your heart to make a small donation, no matter how small, to help Schummie, our fellow woodworker.

We have only a few more days to help Henrie have his dream become a reality.

Thank you all!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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