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Forum topic by ADN posted 11-15-2016 04:28 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2016 04:28 PM

To: All (especially disabled veterans)

Just returned from Rob Cosman’s “Training the Hand” week long course for wounded/disabled veterans, and wow, what a great experience. There were 6 civilians and 7 veterans, with all expenses paid for the veterans. Rob is offering free lifetime membership in his hand tool video classes, it’s open to all disabled veterans, and the attendants were selected from some of first ones to sign up.

Discovered that Rob is a completely different individual than his on screen or teaching persona projects. For those who have only seen Rob in what I call “teaching mode” believe they miss the humble side of him, his passion for helping the less fortunate, and the depth of his sense of humor ….

But wait there’s more! The first morning each veteran had a metaphorical visit from “Santa Claus” and the other donors that made this possible, each received new tools! This included saws, planes, chisels, and honing stones, the core tools required to take the class.

The first day we learned to sharpen the Cosman way, I could sharpen freehand prior to the class, but my ability to sharpen in seconds came because of the instruction. By the end of the first day each person could take a dull pane blade to an ultra sharp one in literally seconds! Then by the 4th day we were hand cutting dovetails that needed no test fittings or paring, put them together right from the saw and most rivaled Cosman’s own dovetails!

For any veterans that have not signed up for the free lifetime Hand Tool classes, don’t hesitate, does not matter when or how you served, or what disabilities you have, it’s open to all disabled veterans. If a veteran wants to learn woodworking and has no tools, then let Rob and his team know that, they may be able to help. Plus signing up for the video classes might open the way for some lucky vets to attend one of the in person training classes. The class and the facilities were handicap accessible and there were no issues using my wheelchair, Rob and the facility went out of their way to provide whatever we needed as support items.

My understanding is that Rob gives 10% of the proceeds from his saw sales to support this effort and when someone pays for a membership in the Hand & Power tool course, a veteran will receive an upgrade to a lifetime membership in all of his video training classes.

Again, if you are a disabled veteran, you qualify for a free membership in the online Hand Tool classes, period. You don’t need to have been wounded or even fought in a conflict, and at times there are even some donated tools available for those that need them.

My heartfelt thanks to those that have donated to this effort, I still get choked up thinking about your generosity and selflessness.

Mos Maiorum

-- mos maiorum

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 05:18 PM

Andy, welcome to Lumberjocks!

First let me say that I have been contemplating purchasing a high-end tenon saw. If I do decide to do so, Rob Cosman just earned that sale. If I don’t buy a saw, I will purchase SOMETHING from him. It’s awesome that he does such a fantastic outreach to our wounded heroes. There are very few people who are in such a unique position to offer what he’s offering and far fewer who would do so at what I’m sure is considerable expense. I’ll bet that class was a ton of fun and I’m very glad (and a little jealous ;-) ) that you were able to enjoy it!

The online access, the class and the tools are all extremely generous of Rob. However, make no mistake, they are no more than you deserve and far less than you’ve earned. Thank you for your service and for sharing this inspiring story!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 12:30 AM

Your welcome…..

Went to the class with a couple of what I term, high end, saws, and they perform well. However after using Rob’s saws for a week, can truly say that I did not know what I was missing, they are extraordinary. My old saws will get the job done but sure wish I had saws of Rob’s quality from the start. I’m sure there are others of equal ability, even thought I owned a couple, but have not had the opportunity to use hem as of yet.

Best of luck…

Mos Maiorum

-- mos maiorum

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 01:26 AM

I am so glad to hear from someone who went to the class. I am thankful to Rob for reaching out to our disabled vets. A very generous endeavor and sounds like it was a great experience for a vet.

Thanks to Rob for doing this….

Thanks to ADN for his service….

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 06:15 AM

Always good to hear about someone reaching out to Veterans.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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