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Forum topic by David Craig posted 04-03-2012 08:11 AM 1758 views 1 time favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Craig

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04-03-2012 08:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: obituary jockmike2 in memoriam

I have just about completed a little booklet for Mike’s memorial service. Basically just an introduction, a listing of the LJ condolences expressed in the forum and blog announcing his passing, and Debbie’s interview with him. Since everyone is a part of this, I did not want anyone to take offense if I overstepped my bounds in speaking for the LJ community at large. The following is the intro. Please advise if there are any portions that anyone is uncomfortable with.



For many, the concept of online community is a place where one can give updates about their lives, make some friends, and stay in contact with existing ones. Many social networking sites allow you to build your own little community, one in which you are the center and others get invited in or forever kept at a distance. Lumberjocks is an online community, but not one in which you can stay at the center. All members are free to post blogs and forums and comment as they so choose. Woodworkers from all over the world post their work, share advice, and support one another in everyone’s attempts to improve and achieve a little more in their projects each day. Very few understood the mission of the Lumberjock community as well as Michael Wurm.

Michael was one of the early members of the site and a financial contributor. He chose the moniker jockmike2 for his online handle. His first post was on October 4th 2006. His last post was on the 30th of March, 2012. Just one day before he passed away. Mike contributed 10,641 posts, most of them voicing his constant support and sharing his knowledge, as well as seeking advice, to and from woodworkers across the globe. He shared 68 projects, started 100 blogs, and opened his workshop and home, online and in the physical, to thousands of woodworkers local and abroad. To some, these accomplishments may not seem significant but in reality, Michael was America’s Ambassador of Wood.

When Michael passed away, the news was shared with the Lumberjock community. What follows is a list of responses from those that have expressed grief over his death and prayers to his family and friends. These were gleaned from a forum and blog that announced his passing. Where possible, the names and locations of those that expressed their condolences are documented as well. This helps the reader visualize the far reaching impact of Michael’s devotion to his fellow woodworking community. Mike’s profile is retained in the “In Memoriam” section of the website. The members of the Lumberjock community wish to convey their condolences to the Wurm family and all their friends -

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 08:53 AM

... and again the tears flow.
This is beautiful.

I often say, “Proud to be a LumberJock”—now doesn’t that describe the photo you posted here!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 09:07 AM

thanks for sharing Mike … comes as a chock to me
Mike was one of my buddies not that we shared much but he always
was there if I asked for an advise and he always shared them with a smile
I´m proud I can say he was a freind on Lumber Jock

my condolence to the family and freinds of Mike

take care

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 10:46 AM

Very sorry to hear this. But what a nice thing to do David. I don’t get on here as much as I use to, time isn’t something that I have alot of anymore with what I’m going thru with my dad, but I’m glad I had the time to read about this. My condolences to the family as well.

-- Janice

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 11:15 AM

Rest in peace, Mike! You’ll be sorely missed. My condolences to Mike’s family…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 12:11 PM

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.


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

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#6 posted 04-03-2012 12:40 PM

Nice job, David.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-03-2012 12:46 PM

very well done, thank you for putting this together david.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 12:46 PM

Michael will be missed. It was a joy having him on our site. Thanks for posting this David.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 12:52 PM

Sorry to hear of Mikes passing,I regret I had not much interaction with Mike, being fairly new myself. Very nice tribute, my thoughts and prayers for him & his family.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 04-03-2012 01:24 PM

Very well done David. My sympathy goes to you and his family and friends.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 04-03-2012 01:26 PM

Nice, David.

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 04-03-2012 02:01 PM

And from me, too, Well done, David.


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#13 posted 04-03-2012 03:11 PM

Great David – and ya know, I never realized Michael Wurm on FB was Jockmike2! Now I feel like I’ve lost two friends.


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#14 posted 04-03-2012 03:32 PM

a great and heartfelt tribute david

thank you for this kind way
for all of us to know his joys
and feelings

and carry his dream onwards

and bless you all his family
for sharing him with us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 04-03-2012 04:21 PM

A very well written piece.
My condolences to the family on their very sad loss.


-- To finish something you must first start!

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