A gift of hope from my Grandfather's family

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Project by Harold posted 12-27-2007 02:20 AM 2741 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Grandpa recently underwent surgery. Although the surgery went as well as could be expected, his recovery didn’t. He spent several months in intensive care at the hospital in Wenatchee. When he was finally strong enough to leave he called and asked if I could think of anything to somehow show all of our thanks to the wonderful nurses and doctors who cared for him. To be inspired is truly a dramatic and humbling experience, after speaking with him that morning the hands were almost complete late that afternoon, with the stone heart completed the next day. When I spoke with him a few days later he asked if I had time to think about something appropriate. I told him I was just oiling the hands and I would have it in the mail the following week. Upon this rock seemed a fitting title, but I was reluctant to sign my name, I shaped and sanded but it wasn’t mine. The wood is Koa and the stone was found below our home. It’s displayed in the family waiting room in the cardiac wing.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-27-2007 02:58 AM

Inspiring! Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-27-2007 04:14 AM

That is a beautiful memory given and inspired by a truely gifted family, and loving family

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#3 posted 12-27-2007 06:08 AM

Very well done! Creative, too!

I am sure it is really appreciated!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 12-27-2007 08:18 AM

Wonderful. I’m sure the Docs and Nurses are pleased that a grateful patient and his family took the time to remember them with something this special.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 12-27-2007 10:07 AM

A beautiful tribute. Very nicely done.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#6 posted 12-27-2007 11:50 AM

Wow, that is a great story with a very happy ending. Glad your Grandfather is doing better and it is really nice that you created such a beautiful tribute to such worthy people. People often forget about the Hospital crew that went the extra steps to make a patient’s recovery and comfortable and smooth as possible. Your Grandfather apparently was treated very well and appreciated it – good for him.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 12-27-2007 12:12 PM

Now that’s just inspirational. Good work, and a nice tribute.

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#8 posted 12-27-2007 02:04 PM

Hello Harold;
—-and yes, I see that your ‘wood art’ takes on the nature and character of be-ing human!

Wood hands, working….massaging….and giving forth the hope of life, to all that cross their path. Hands of wood, breathing inspiration to stone hearts, held in a cradle of love….these are the dreams I see in your work of art.

I missed out some years ago when my wife had a business trip to Hawaii and I didn’t go. Then she came back bringing me pictures of some of the great wood sculptures and furniture done over your way. This was when I first heard of ‘Koa wood’, and that was when I was sorry for not making the trip with her….as I would have been packing back home some of the wood.

Thank you for sharing this story and wood sculpture with us here at LJ.

-- --frank, NH,

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#9 posted 12-27-2007 02:18 PM

how very touching!!
a beautiful piece and perfect for the purpose.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 12-27-2007 03:27 PM

How beautiful and such a nice thanks for the care takers, nurses and doctors who looked after your grandpa.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 12-27-2007 04:02 PM

Love the story Harold. I feel good for you that you’ve created such a stunning and beautiful piece.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 12-27-2007 04:59 PM

Very cool and certainly a project “from” the heart. Great job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 12-27-2007 06:19 PM

Being a cardiac patient myself, I can say that touches my heart.

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#14 posted 12-27-2007 06:20 PM

This is one to be proud of. Art from the heart.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#15 posted 12-27-2007 09:58 PM

Nice job!!!I love that Koa

-- Scott NM,

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