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09-11-2010 04:55 PM

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This is a copy of a e-mail sent out by Charles Neil . I was overwhelmed with emotion thinking that Charles would come up with this idea, plus the fact that my wife and I could send our own personal messages to those that suffered the loss of loved ones on that horrible day in history. I encourage you all to join in and send your hand written message to help fill this beautiful chest with hopfully, healing messages. Don’t miss this opportunity to help our fellow Americans.


I have shared this with many but never publicly, but its time.

As many of you know there is a lot of ‘red blood’ that flows through my veins – Native American Indian and I’m proud of it, but this isn’t about me.

Native Americans were very spirited in their beliefs, and rightfully so. Many believed that the spirit of those who departed this world would return to those places and things that they had in the physical world. So if a warrior was headed out to do battle or even go on a hunt, they would place things in a ‘vessel’ and it would be kept so the spirit would again return to it. It was further believed that if any thing needed said to the departed one, it could be told to the vessel or written and placed within for those who had a written language.

I have made many vessels – typically our small keeping chest – for folks and it would be placed in a prominent place in the home, particularly in an area where the most time was spent, so all could be together again. It’s a physical association and remembrance of the individual.

The tragedy of 9-11 is not forgotten nor will it be, but many things were left unsaid. Not only from family and friends but from all of us, perhaps simply that those who lost their lives are not forgotten and that we still care and remember, whatever the message, they need to know.

We are building in a show a Tiger Maple Queen Anne blanket chest. When done we are going to take it to New York and with the help from New York Firefighter, John McDwyer, we are going to get it into a place of providence, this will be the vessel.

So, if you would like to say something to those who lost their lives on 9-11, write them a letter, no emails, write it, it needs to be from your hand, don’t type it either, write it. You can mail it to us at:

The Workshop of Charles Neil
Healing the Heart
118 W. Stonewall St.
New Market, VA 22844

When the chest is delivered (approx. 1st week of October) your letter will be in the chest and they will hear what you have to say.

I would like to do one for all our soldiers as well and will, we will keep you posted.

Never be timid to share this, as stated many times, I have, particularly when a life has been cut short unexpectedly, it give a chance to convey your heart and say what you never got the chance to, it will “Heal Your Heart.”

While the validity of this story could certainly come under hard scrutiny, and will, the hope and heart healing power of the gesture is amazing. I could tell you numerous stories about many folks and the impact the story has helped but emotion doesn’t allow. Just listen to your own heart and never forget the story and I hope you never need it, but if you do, well now ya know.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 05:06 PM

This is a wonderful idea, Jim. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I am sure that many others from our forum here would like to participate and I appreciate your bringing this information for us to see.

Thank you, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 06:07 PM

Very nice post. A wonderful idea without all the hate and anger that seems to crop up on this date.

It is tiring to hear all the hate rhetoric that is circulating these days. Why can’t everyone get along as well as most of us woodworker’s can (they need to take a look at LJ’s)? We have more things in common with each other than differences…focus on our common interests rather then fighting over petty differences. It is shameful that with all the wisdom we have accumulated – we can’t seem to learn a bit of tolerance – Just think of how great a world this could be if mankind worked together for the good of all and our own planet?....sad…I hope the younger generations can find a way to get along or I fear for their future.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 06:31 PM

What a wonderful idea!

I will do it!

Will there be a link to where we can see the Chest, etc.?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 06:34 PM

Thanks Jim, I was just informed of this, yes Joe and everyone, we will get pictures of the chest and hopefully do a video on it, when its delivered to the firemen , but remember its not about the chest nor me .

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#5 posted 09-11-2010 06:48 PM

I love it! Great idea Charles

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#6 posted 09-12-2010 01:49 AM

My wife and I just attended the American Red Cross Blood drive, held at Michigan International Speedway about 20 miles from our home. It is one of the largest blood drives in the US, they do it to commerate the events of September 11, 2001. Last year they had between 1500 and 1800 participants (I don’t recall the exact number). While there we attended a tremendous collection of memorabila along with a video of that terrible day.

Thanks for making us aware of this project. May we never forget!

The Sedcokid aka Chuck Emery

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 04:42 AM

Great idea Jim Thank you for making us aware of this project

-- wchips

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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 09-12-2010 05:46 AM

Charels, has his heart in the right place, I also got the news letter.

It’s commonly said that Americans have a short memory…

but we know that’s just a myth. The hero’s in NY and in our military

will not be forgotten. Charels, maple box is just one proof of that.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 09-18-2010 03:23 AM

My letter is going into the mail tomorrow…

... hope it helps…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 09-19-2010 02:09 PM

I got that same email, very heart warming story. I also saw a picture of the battleship just launched named the USS New York that had what looked like twin towers on the top of the ship and the ship was made from the steel from the twin towers. It talked about the he-men iron workers almost in tears as they handled the steel, and smelted it for use in the building of the ship. “The steel was handled with great reverance” it was heard quoted.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 09-19-2010 02:55 PM

Just to clearify the USS New York, is a LPD…Landing, Ship, Docking…it is a gator frieghter. I will carry 2000 Marines, or a Marine Expiditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) anywhere in the world. I was at the commissioning of the New York on November 7th, 2009. It was a very good day to see the Twin Towers rise again, and be ready to take the fight to the enemy!

Thank you for passing this along. When I was in the Marines…93-99, my sister who is an English teacher, would have her class write to Myself and other Marines and Sailors in my unit. Funny how that always made us smile and laugh…no matter where we were.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 09-27-2010 08:38 PM

I hope these letters do some good…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 06:24 AM

I hope so too Joe

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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