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Forum topic by RichGreer2r posted 10-08-2017 12:01 AM 1355 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2017 12:01 AM

A few people may remember me. I used to be an active woodworking and I have many projects on lumberjocks.

I had a crippling stroke 3.5 years ago. I have done a few post-stroke projects, but it is very hard to do. More importantly, I believe it is dangerous. I have very poor balance and very little use or control of my right arm. I’m quiting with all my fingers in tact.

I’ve been selling everything. I’m surprised at just how much I have.

I want to wish all of my lumberjock friends the very best.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#1 posted 10-08-2017 12:59 AM

Tough time for you, wish you the best. But you need not “quit” so to speak. Your knowledge and suggestions right here on LJ’s can provide others with good input. While you cannot make something yourself, reading through forums and posted projects can be rewarding, and helpful for someone else.

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

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#2 posted 10-08-2017 01:40 AM

I certainly remember you and your sad story. Glad to hear from you and as woodbutcher stated please hang around here as you have a lot of knowledge to share. Take care Rich and God bless.

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#3 posted 10-08-2017 01:46 AM

I remember that you had a stroke, and it’s really sad to see that you will have to quit woodworking. Maybe you can take up a hand skill like power carving? You can use a vise to hold the project, even. Good luck, whatever it is you decide!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 10-08-2017 02:02 AM

Your health is always more important. Wish you the best sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-08-2017 02:58 PM

Bummer! Best wishes.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 10-08-2017 03:10 PM

I hope you find new interests, Rich. Can you still drive that tractor? Maybe till up a good vegetable garden, or even a flower bed.

Thanks for the friendship, and the inspiration from your projects. I don’t just remember you, I remember your fine oak creations for your church, and your propensity to eschew metal fasteners.

LJ’s is my Facebook, and it serves as the social hub for others as well. So don’t hesitate to comment on projects, or keep us appraised of your activities.

I have been busy building, repainting, and refurbishing furniture for my handicapped stepdaughter’s new condo. I must have seven or more projects that need posting, just haven’t had the time.

If you are having problems typing, computers are pretty good at voice to text, just like the smart phones. In Windows, check out the Ease of Access Center in the Control Panel. I would assume that a Mac would have the same stuff.

Hang in there, buddy… when I get back to posting projects, I hope you come and comment and have time for a chat. Send me a private message, even, that works fine as well. I finally retired 18 months ago, but my wife has kept me busy in the shop, lately. In a couple of weeks, things should get back to normal.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 10-08-2017 07:33 PM

Really sorry to hear your having such problems. Like everyone, I wish you the best.

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#8 posted 10-08-2017 08:28 PM

So sorry to hear about the stroke Rich quitting may be hard to do but your safety overrules anything else.
Best of luck to you.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#9 posted 10-08-2017 11:35 PM

Sorry to hear this Rich. Unfortunately our health is our health and sometimes we just have to accept our lot. I hope you can find an alternate challenge to occupy your time and exercise your creativity.
Best wishes.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 10-09-2017 12:42 AM

Sorry to hear of this Rich. I enjoyed seeing your projects. Sounds like you are making the right decision.

You can still follow along on what the rest of us are up to!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 10-09-2017 05:04 AM

Sorry to hear that. As a novice i hope you’ll stick around too.

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