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Project by tdv posted 02-07-2011 01:24 PM 2116 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a little project I slipped in nothing that special, unlike the little girl it was made for.She is pictured above (sorry about the quality I took a picture of a picture) Her grandmother works with my wife the little girl is called Olivia she is 3 years old & has had Leukeamia for 18 months of her short life as you can see she has a beautiful smile that breaks your heart. Chemotherapy has destroyed her immune & reproductive system & damaged her bones to the point wher she slipped down off the sofa & broke her leg. While in hospital with one leg in pot the nurses were changing her diaper & broke the other leg she was so fragile. Anyway she has been on some new treatment to strengthen bones & it seems to be working she is now able (only just) to walk around the furniture. She rarely complains although she did say to her Grandma “I’m sad Grandma I don’t want to hurt anymore” They are financially fairly poor & I wanted just to give her a little treat it’s not much but this is what I came up with. It’s a bit chunky on purpose to give it stability instead of the type I usually make with the legs drilled through the seat I made a mortice & tenon rail around the top just in case on day the top split it will be supported by the frame & won’t collapse ( couldn’t bear to think of anymore injuries for this treasure) Then I carved her name on it, although I’ve not met her yet,I wanted her to feel it was made with love especially for her. My only wish for this stool is that Olivia will one day use it to decorate her own home & sit her childhood dolls & teddys on
I wish you blessings & all good things from now on Olivia

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 01:43 PM

Wow that’s tough. I wish her well. This table is a very thoughtful gift. The world needs more people like you Trevor!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 01:48 PM

Very nice gift and a very touching story. What a beautiful little girl.

-- Janice

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 01:50 PM

Very nice gift Trevor & our prayers go out to the little one.

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 01:58 PM

That is just a beautiful stool and a very sad and touching story it is so hard to see a child go threw something that bad.I hope she gets to enjoy the stool for many years to come. Thanks for the pictures and the story


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#5 posted 02-07-2011 03:05 PM

Trevor, That is a very clear indication of the kind of person you are. The thoughtfulness and care in making it will make it a treasure for her and her family. Our prayers are with her.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 03:24 PM

Ditto what Dr. Ken said, Trevor.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 03:46 PM

Oh my gosh. I am just overwhelmed.

Thank you for doing this. Please send my wishes to her.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 03:52 PM

What an excellent reason to put a craftsman’s hands to work. Touching story and well done Trevor.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 03:57 PM

I will pray for her well being. Your stool is very nice.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#10 posted 02-07-2011 04:25 PM

Trevor, thanks for sharing this with us. I cannot think of a better use of a craftsman’s skills than a gift for a child such as Olivia. With this kindness you have been a blessing to her and I’ve no doubt, the blessing has been returned to you.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 05:46 PM

My dear Trevor,
That is one touching story.
One beautiful little girl.
And one wonderful gesture of you.
Nice work.
I will send her a thought also,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 05:50 PM

Thankyou all for your prayers & best wishes I will pass them on to her Grandma children bring out the best in all of us, whether they are our kin or not they make a real difference just in their courage & approach to life it would be a better world if it were run by Children ( & Lumberjocks ) Thanks for your support
Best as always

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 02-07-2011 08:28 PM

Trevor this is the kind of story that always bring tears to my eyes. I wish her a speedy recovery and strenght to her parents.

Nice stool, It will bring smiles.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 02-07-2011 09:24 PM

O MY WHAT A TOUCHING STORY – she and the family are in my prayers. I wish I could do something more butI offer prayer to the Lord who cares for us all.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#15 posted 02-07-2011 11:28 PM

Just arived back from århus with my daughter who had been to a specielist and see this together
it tuched us both realy deep to read the story and wish her the best in the future
and its a very thoughtfull gift from you Trevor

take care
Silke and Dennis

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