A Tribute To My Grandfather

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My grandfathr was a WWII vet and a bricklayer by trade. When RA took his body and froze his joints so badly& in such distorted ways, one would guess he could do nothing with them at all, but use them as clubs. Despite that, he designed and sewed by hand, quilts he gave to each of his grandchildren. His stitch work, would rival any sewing machine. So tiny & perfectly placed. It was an astounding process to watch as he use his club hands and his teeth to get it done. Today as I face my diabilities, I think back on this fine gentleman, & wanted to make him a tribute of quilts in wood. So here’s my humble attempt grandad. You’ve been gone for 50 yrs, and I still have your quilt. Thank you

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 02:11 PM

Wonderful pieces and a wonderful way to honour him. Well done, well done indeed.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 02:32 PM

Beautiful work and a wonderful tribute. He would be proud and grateful.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 02:53 PM

Excellent work. I love the zig zag pattern. This reminded me of some similar work posted awhile back by McLeanVA I really like your color combos, it enhances the pattern. What type of woods?

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 03:13 PM

Thanks all..hey Mr. P. maple,yellowheart, bubinga walnut cherry

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 03:32 PM

A great tribute to a great man. Very special and very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-13-2010 03:48 PM

Thats awesome!!!
Keep up the good work!
My Grandfather taught me the basics of the woodworking trade also!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 04:20 PM

Nice! I remember my grandfathers each and every day.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 04:42 PM

Love the patterns, Michelle. Nice to remember your grandfather.


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#9 posted 05-13-2010 04:48 PM

You WRITE beautifully, and your woodworking is a thing of joy to behold.

Brava !!!!!

“Such a long, long time to be gone
And a short time to be there”

—Grateful Dead

Amen. Here’s to your grandpa…..

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 04:51 PM

A wonderful tribute very well done

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 05-13-2010 04:57 PM

Very nice display of craftmanship.
Grandpa would be proud.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 05-13-2010 05:11 PM

your granddad would be proud of your beautifull work

-- Joe, Ga

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#13 posted 05-13-2010 08:01 PM

Great tribute to your grandfather. I am sure he would be proud.

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#14 posted 05-13-2010 08:15 PM

Good work. Great tribute. Well done.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 05-13-2010 08:38 PM

Thank you for telling the story behind these pieces. It adds to their beauty.
You did your grandfather proud. The color combo on the ziz-zag/log cabin really work well for the quilted effect. And the round piece… well, I just like it!

My granny was also afflicted with disfiguring RA. If she was awake, her hands were in motion, baking, crocheting, knitting, cross stitch, and a dozen other pastimes. She said it helped keep the pain at bay. I am, just a few years after being diagnosed wit RA myself. Granny’s example is one of the reasons I have loaded my shop with tools and seriously taken up woodworking. I hope I will be as tough as she was as I watch my own fingers twist and knot. I hope I will create a few things of lasting beauty in the process. I hope I will do her proud as you have done your grandad.

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