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Project by Rockbuster posted 534 days ago 796 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently my wife was in the hospital for an 8 day bout with Pneumonia, and some other issues. The doctors, nurses, technicians, staff and even the cleanup people were really helpful and caring. I thought that it would be nice if I made them something from wood to show them that all of their efforts and help was appreciated. In the 8 day span, there was probably over 40 different people involved, rather then make them all some little trinket from wood, I decided to make this bowl, and fill it up with some goodies that they all might get a taste of. Probably Hershe kisses, or M&M’s or life savers. The bowl itself is nothing extrodinary, it is 6” in diameter X 4” deep made from 111 individual pieces. all in a helter- skelter pattern. I used 13 segments per ring cut at an angle of 13.846 degrees. It is made from mostly cherry, walnut, curly maple, and some resalvaged kind of material from some old cabinet doors. I dressed the inside bottom of the bowl with a few rings. If you will notice the white circle on the bottom of the bowl,I hollowed out a space below this, and placed a penny there, whose date is somewhere between 1900, and 2000 and glued a seal over it. The object here is for everyone involved, to guess a date, along with their name, and put it on a master sheet, left in charge with the head person at the nurses station on that floor. The person that comes the closest to the date on the penny, get’s to keep the bowl when it is emptied.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.





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RussellAP

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#1 posted 534 days ago

It’s beautiful.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Retsof

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#2 posted 534 days ago

That’s really nice. An interesting way to raffle off the bowl too.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 534 days ago

Rockbuster,
Sorry to hear about your wife. Glad she is ok. Your idea on how to thank the staff is fantastic! I love it! And the idea with the penny, perfect! Thank you for the story and the idea on how to say thank you with your woodworking skill’s. The Bowl is beautiful I really like the look of it. Great job on this entire project!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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grace123

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#4 posted 534 days ago

Very nice idea.

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oakwood

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#5 posted 533 days ago

You did a very nice job on the bowl and the story that goes along with it makes it even nicer. Thanks for posting and glad that all turned out well for your wife. All the best.

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JJones98042

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#6 posted 533 days ago

That is a beautiful bowl and a great way to thank the staff! :) I love the idea of the penny and the contest. Very well thought out!

What did you use for the finish?

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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majuvla

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#7 posted 533 days ago

I can only watch and learn.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Rockbuster

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#8 posted 533 days ago

JJones98042
Thanks to all for your nice comments.

I just used a couple of coats of mineral oil

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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stefang

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#9 posted 533 days ago

You definitely have a talent for making attractive projects. This one is even more special due to it being a thanks for good work. I like the prize idea too, very thoughtful. I hope your wife is doing well now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Rockbuster

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#10 posted 533 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments, and thanks for thinking of my wife also.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Rockbuster

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#11 posted 529 days ago

This is a little up date if you read the story on the above project. I received this thank you note from the head nurse of that station
Mr&Mrs Havlock We want to express our gratitude for the beautiful hand made bowl. It is lovely and you can tell it was made with great care and detail. We have decided to keep it in our break room. It will remind us all why we come to work everyday, Our patients We hope your recovery is going well, thank you again, it means so much to us. Best wishes, Kathy Hitrick R Nurse Manager MYSB

This sure made me feel good.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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woodshaver

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#12 posted 529 days ago

What a nice thank you letter, it shows much appreciation. I know they will think of your whenever they take their break in that room! Making people happy is good medicine!
Nice job Don!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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sedcokid

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#13 posted 528 days ago

Rockbuster,
Thanks for making another beautiful piece! And what a tremendous gift!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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SquintyPolock

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#14 posted 497 days ago

Beautiful bowl and beautiful story!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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