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chrisstef

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#1 posted 575 days ago

Pretty strong stuff here fellas. Living in Connecticut and having a newborn at home this whole tragedy really rocked me in a way that i never knew before. Ive always felt very fortunate for my life. Surrounded by a very loving family, blessed with a wonderful wife and child, the list goes on.

As woodworkers we bring things to life out of something inanimate, a piece of wood. There’s a lot of people who feel that they are just a piece of wood, a lonely chunk of timber with nothing to become. If we (society) can show kids / adults that they too can become a wonderful work of art we are on our way. When im given the opportunity, i would really like to show someone how this craft can change you as a person. Its never about being the best but its about transforming something inanimate into a work of art. It can be applied in so many different ways.

LJ’s, PK, Mark, and everyone reading this …. take some time and better someone elses life this year. Make a gift, show a kid how to work a plane, donate some tools, lets all do something for someone without expecting a return on our time. Invest in others. No parent should lose a child. No family should be subject to such heartbreak and sorrow. Lets all lean on one another. Bless some one elses life this year.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty


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