Tribute to Grandma, She could have been a Lumberjock

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Forgive me for the long story but I think its pretty cool, My grandmother had a full shop of tools and enough skill to build a nice entertainment center, cabinets and many other things, she even fell through the ceiling while trying to trap a loose varmint in the attic, of course she mended the ceiling herself. I am told that when grandpa said no to a back door from the kitchen, she knocked a hole in the wall and put it in herself while he was at work. anyway, my super sweet, never had and enemy grandmother did not feel like working one day, (she maintained a 5 acre piece of land) soon after that she was diagnosed with brain cancer, she had surgery which of course altered her personality. she lived about a year after that. My aunt moved 1200 miles to live with and take care of grandma, we all did our part in ensuring that she did not have to go to a nursing home, (I maintained the house and 5 acres). as a thanks, I made 3 of these frames to give to my mother and aunt, The craftsmanship is not much but I found some old cedar shingles from the original house (which was 50 yrs. old) and inlayed them into a rough cut cedar frame, I even had to “dig” these little pieces of shingle out of the dirt and salvage what I could. I didn’t want to show grandmas pics on the internet out of respect, call me weird) but there are 3 pictures in the frame which i had professionally matted, 1 of grandma in her younger years, one a bit older and a long picture of her acreage. and to make it more special I was borrowing a buddy’s table saw and he had just left me a message “not to bleed on it because it would rust :)” well as luck would have it I did bleed on it when i failed to pay attention and stuck my thumb in it, no worries, still got my thumb. (grandma saw the wound and was not happy, I never told her it was a table saw injury but I think she knew), anyway after the ER visit my buddy came over and we completed cutting the inlay pieces. thanks for reading, The frames were a hit.

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 10:01 PM

Good genes have been passed along… Thank you for sharing your story

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 11:05 PM

Great story Deucefour! Nice project too!

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 10:52 AM

that’s a really cool heirloom
you should put a copy of this story on the back of the frame for future generations

-- Ron, Missouri

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 05:18 PM

Hootr, thats a great idea, I would not have thought of that, Thanks

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#5 posted 09-01-2009 08:38 PM

good memories ,
bless you all .

thanks for sharing !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 09-01-2009 09:00 PM

Great story. Just thinking how hard it was for women to do things like that in those times – they had to be extra tough to even try. We have definitely moved forward…she would probably have been amazed by the difference. Thank you for sharing it with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 09-02-2009 06:50 AM

I Love Family stories.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 01:08 AM

Good story. I may knock a hole in a wall yet. She’s an inspiration!


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#9 posted 05-04-2010 02:17 AM

Love family history like that. As the old saying goes, Don’t mess with Grandma, just ask the rooster in the pot.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 01:57 PM

great story. Your grandma a woman after my own heart

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