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David Craig

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Topic tags/keywords: michael wurm jockmike2 obituary funeral

Well, I just came back from the service. Quite a few people were there, as could be expected. If the success of our lives was measured by the quantity of those that mourned for us when we are gone, Mike was most definitely part of the upper crust.

Mike was at rest during the viewing with a rosary wrapped in his hands and letters from his grandchildren safely tucked in his palm. Mike always war a Veteran ball cap on his head in the shop. That was sent with him as well, saw dust and all. Members of the local VFW gave him a very touching farewell. Each member saluting him, one at a time.

The service was a pleasant one. The priest was obviously one who knew him and I am sure we all know the difference between a funeral held by a fill in minister and one who knew and loved the one they are speaking for. We were all reminded that he is in celebration while we mourn. No regrets we must have because love has no regrets. It is given freely and without condition. The VFW gave their three volley salute. Two Sergeants, active in the military, folded his flag with much ceremony and gave it to Kris with well spoken words. Mike, who was always proud of his time in the military, would have been deeply touched over the process. No old soldier could have received better.

So Mike is now in that great workshop in the sky, getting it ready for us. As I left, I gave a quick reminder to God (only one of many names in which He is called here), “You know Lord, organizational skills weren’t always his specialty…”

Much love to you buddy, I know I will see you again some day.

David

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


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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 842 days ago

oh thank you David!
Now it seems like I was able to be there.

The “organizational skills” comment brought a smile to my teary-eyed face.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 842 days ago

Thanks for that touching description of his service, David. Like Debbie said, I almost feel like I was there.

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

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degoose

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#3 posted 842 days ago

I too wish I could have been there… but it seems a fitting send off for a great man..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 842 days ago

From reading your posts, I knew Mike was a fine teacher. A patient one, a wise one. You have expressed your appreciation for him in many ways.

From reading this post….....we see you are unusual , a chronicler of events, someone who is a keen, and passionate observer.

......and I starting thinking…...how do I know about you and Mike?

So, I started going back through your blog, and saw the posts. Saw Mikes comments, and noted I had commented as well….......on all that follows. I had participated….that is how I knew.

You don’t need a reminder, but I thought you might like to recall….......and help others understand that we LJ’s truly become friends…......

Some excerpts from your blog…we know there were other communications and meetings…oldest to newest…...

David:
I had the fortune of meeting Mike and his wife Kris this last Friday. Mike and I had corresponded back and forth (with a little mis-communication thrown in for good measure ;) and we finally were able to meet up at his house. Mike truly is a wonderful guy and I was touched by the hospitality that he and his wife provided. When I found out that Kris had, at one time, participated in the baking of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, I barely was able to suppress the urge to cut out my heart, hand it to her on a platter, and offer my worthless mortal existence as sacrifice to the cookie goddess.

Mike:
Speaking of cookies think of poor Kris selling cookies in this mess today. They are supposed to get their cookie delivery today, that is semi-loads loads of cookies that are delivered cookies and they must be unloaded by her membership. I don’t know how they are going to manage.
As for David, what a guy. I was so glad to connect with him and he is so right, just like at the LJ picnic, it seemed like we had always known each other. We got on greatly. He’s a great guy. We shared our past, our work, what drew us to woodworking, my wife made us some pizza, we ate, swapped stories and it was like meeting old friends as he said. I hope our friendship can bloom (he promised to help me organize my shop). But he is one great guy. My dog really liked him. I tried to get him to go with him but he would’nt go. Anyway a great evening, he agrees, I have too many tools. mike

David:
Ok, I wanted to be part of a contest, so this one is it. Did you know that Rockler Bench Cookies can be used for the purpose of noise suppression? Watch this video and find out how…

Mike:
Great David, I laughed like heck, You won’t do that to me today will you when you come over, by the way, my wife left you a box of thin mints! I hate the damn things, I don’t get what people see in the things, I really don’t. I hate em all they haven’t made one yet I like, no kidden.

David:
Three years ago, I get a thought in my head. “It would be cool to make my own furniture, toys, and items for the house..” So the tool purchases start. I pick up a mitersaw, table saw, router, drill, the basic power tools. Five minutes after I start, the next thought in my head “I would like to cut one board that is somewhat square looking…” And thats when it really begins…

Mike:
Just when I thought I had what I do all figured out. You had to go and write an essay on what we do, is it really that complicated? You bet your ass, and when you think you got it figured out, something happens and I’m asking Karson, Dick Cain, Patron or Degoose, what the hell did I do wrong. I did everything you said, Oh, yea, I forgot that. After 40 years, you’d think you knew it all. Nah, I’m still learning, you’ve worked with me, you know that.

David:
As I progress on the lathe, I have been wanting to experiment with more delicate turnings. Much of my work has been more heavy handed so far and I wanted to work with curves, thinner walls, and trickier hollowing. I had a small log I discovered that had been sitting in the basement since the beginning of time so I mounted it and went to work.

Mike:
You managed not to praise the hell out of me for once, thank you very much since I had nothing to do with your creation. Those books you borrowed were not in vane either, I see you’ve been reading them. That’s basically how I learned, little as it is. I do see a similarity though between you and another fellow that joined Lumberjocks, he had a passion and ability much like you. He took a real class with Trent Bosch I believe was his name, Joe Landon (Trifern) was already making some great pieces when he took the class, but afterwards he became a superstar. His ability skyrocketed. Maybe in the future that’s something you may want to do. Just a suggestion. Might mean a difference between mediocrity, my skill level, and Joe’s skill level, very high. Happy turning buddy.

David:
I was feeling a little antsy today, haven’t had any woodworking time to blow off steam so I thought I would check on some Maple logs Mike (jockmike2) gave me. I was having some real problems with a few of them splitting and they continued to crack despite the efforts to try to repair with CA glue.

Mike:
Not all my stuff is huge, I’ve made dainty little ring holders and candle stick holders and stuff like that. Of course there’s that old picture of me with a 50 pound log on the lathe Karson made a crack about me turning it every so often just when I needed fire wood. Which wasn’t true, not really. I’ll try to find you some bigger wood. So you can make some cereal bowls for your brother. It’s gonna be hard to eat of that thing you just made, pretty to look at though. your pal mike, really.

David:
I am new to hand planing. It took a little time to figure out placement, direction, rhythm to make decent wood shavings but I am getting there. Just a matter of technique and developing it.

Mike:
That sounds like me trying to figure out how to make dovetails, I finally got there it just took a long time.

David:
Woodsmith magazine had plans for a library stand made out of White Oak. I have a family bible boxed away that this would make a good display for, as well as allowing me to get rid of a stand or two that I am not overly fond of. A few months ago, a few of the Michigan LJs went to a mill in Michigan and I picked up close to 20 board feet of quartersawn white oak for the project.

Mike:
Good looking boards David. Looks like a lot of work so far.

David:
Received some proofs of some pics after editing. I really like what Sue did with some of these.
This one is my favorite. I love the chips and particles in the air -

Mike:
Sue did a great job, she should be a professional, well actually she is, she just doesn’t call herself that. She is very artistic and what a valuable friend. Very nice too, nice pics.

David:
It really is a beautiful tool. Maybe not much to look at, but it amazed me how different the feel and quality of the plane in comparison to my earlier restores. It gave me more of an understanding of what people talk about when they compare the quality of the old planes with the new. I don’t regret my other purchases, I think they will all work rather well, but it is nice to have a point of comparison and have a little history with me in the shop.

Mike:
Wow I do see a classic case of OCD up there, but hey, it’s better than collecting women or something more evil, like little kids. David, you know I don’t share your passion for planes. That is what I term “work” using those things, I do appreciate you fixing up my planes, don’t get me wrong, and I have used them, on “occasion.”I have one of these new fangled things called a hand planer that I use and it works remarkably well. LOL. With a minimum of effort. You just have to bend over and (ugh!) plug it in. But I do appreciate the value of the ascetics of plane worshiping.

David:
I have ordered 3 planes, so far, that were used. Of those three, only one didn’t arrive with the iron almost fully extended. I don’t see planes at garage sales any more, but when I did, I noticed the same thing. While the blade extension might seem like the obvious problem, one of the real underlying issues here is that the cap iron is not set right. The cap iron is another item on the plane that I think is overlooked, yet is an essential piece to successful plane operation.

Mike:
Very well explained David, even I could understand what you’re talking about, like you said, gaining insight is going to be helpful using them, and maybe I will use mine more.

David:
I think, with all the hostility that has been in the air to take a moment, let the fan blow in a fresh breeze, and reflect on LumberJocks, why I came here, and what this site has done to accentuate my life. I have been here just 17 days short of a year and I can honestly say that no job, no school, no internet site has had as large an impact on my well being as this community has. I am extremely grateful for that.

Mike:
We’ve had many conversations David, so you know my feelings about LJ’s and I’ve made it plain on here many times, but you summed it up very nicely. A few will never undo the family Martin has created here. Right dad? I mean Martin?

David:
Prior to this last year, my experience with tools have been minimal. Most hand tools felt alien to my hands. A tablesaw, drill, and miter saw made up most of my collection. While the output has not been substantial this year, I have become familiar with chisels and hand planes, routers, jointers, and planers. The lathe, which I had limited success in the past with, has become much more familiar to me thanks to the tutelage of fellow Lumberjock JockMike2. He has not only been a terrific mentor to me over the last year, he has also become one of my dearest of friends. He is definitely the most priceless of gifts that I have received in the last few years and I have this site and Martin to thank for that.

Mike:
Thanks david for your heartfelt, eloquent post. You do have a way with words. Our friendship has also become a very dear and precious thing to me. You and rick (rustic) coming over to learn the little i know about the lathe has been a great experience for me also. You have kept me out of my brain, which is such a dangerous place to be, and broadened my horizons by your suggestions on my shop, my work, and life in general. We have laughed, cried and shared our deepest life experiences and have come to know each other closer than some family members. There was no need to express your friendship, I know it is real and of the best and loving of what two men can feel for each other as brothers. I am going to lose my older brother in the close future, and I know I still have you as a brother and friend. It will make the loss a lot more bearable. You are expressing the sentiments I’ve felt for this site for many years. These are lasting and great friendships we share on this site. Merry christmas, congratulations on your 1st year, and thanks for bringing over the boys to spend a wonderful christmas evening with your family. Kris and I enjoyed it more than you know. God bless, Mike

David:
Last year, I have been fortunate enough to develop a good friendship with fellow LJ Mike Wurm (aka JockMike2) who took me under his wing and introduced me to some of the basics of hollow form turning. Over the course of half a year, I was able to get the gist of basic forms. I did nothing elaborate, most of my work consisted of attempts to define structure and shape in my vessels so that a bowl looked like a bowl, a cup a cup, and so on and so forth. I was fortunate enough to acquire two new turning tools during the last few months of the year which allows me to expand the potential for this year.

Mike:
Thanks David for the compliments. You have been an astute pupil and have enriched my turning with your ideas and intelligent conversations on a number of woodworking and life topics in general. I must say we have a mutual admiration society between us. God bless, mike

David:
If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything” – Me
That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn’t a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

Mike:
I’ve already commented on facebook about your box, but had to here too, it wouldn’t be right. You did a fine job, and as a model student you learned the never ending possibilities and uses for CA glue as I mentioned before. I personally have used 40-50 gallon in my work so far. No, it has to be more than that. Anyway, good on you for jumping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. With wonderful success I might add. For anyone else reading this, no, I haven’t gotten new glasses, just found out how to make the print bolder, so I can read it. Thanks for putting up with me. You too David. mike

David:
Overall, I am pleased with how the first outing with this type of project is going. The live edge is a variable and the area is outside of control. Better bark retention and a thinner design would require greener wood than I had handy. I do like the way the bark formed with the side edges of the piece and I like the completed shape. I should have the finish applied by the end of the weekend. So far, this year has been quite productive for me. I hope the pace continues.
Thanks for viewing,

Mike:
Just like shop in High School, everything turns into an ashtray, in the end.

David:
I like to tease Mike (jockmike2) that he was worried about losing a student when I moved to a scroll saw project. When I showed him the progress on my scroll saw box, he gave me a piece of Ash that he cut from his firewood. A good deal of bark was on the piece and he suggested I try my hand at a bowl with a natural edge. This is my progress so far on this project.

Mike:
Now I remember why I just made one of these. A huge pain in the rear. Maybe we should use some of that green maple. It sure would cut easier than this seasoned ash. Great job grasshopper, your master (tongue planted firmly in cheek) is proud. Hachimace, and a deep bow.

David:
I got to hold on to the piece for approximately 15 minutes before it was scooped up. Not sure I understand my family. I have bowls that I spent hours on that I can’t give away to save my life. I make one simple little owl and I couldn’t keep it even long enough for the finish to dry ;)

Mike:
Trying to outdo the old teach huh? Kickin me to the curb so to speak. That’s ok, If my thumb gets better I’m going to try some carving myself. I know it won’t be that good, but I’m too judgemental of my work. I know when to through it in the fire, whereas you have the guts to”Get er Done”. You did pretty dang good. It even looks like an owl. Nice job on the feathers too. You might make Richard jealous, but not me, I know my limitations. You get that way when you hit 60. LOL. CU in the funnypapers. mike

David:
1. I always want to make my boys feel that they are the best things that have ever happened in my life. That they are loved, appreciated, and that they bring out the best that I am or ever could be.

Mike:
It took me almost dying to figure out what was the MOST important thing in my life. You said it in #1 Family and being remembered by your family as a good person, a good example and worthy of their respect. Great, deep thoughts David. I admire your outlook and goals for life. Love ya man, mike.

David:
I haven’t had much time to devote to shop projects for a couple weeks. Work and life still a little too chaotic for the moment. I did, however, have a bit of good fortune with an unexpected gift of wood. I had a childhood friend contact me on facebook and let me know that he had some “branches” he had pruned off of his Black Walnut tree and I could have what I wanted. Not one to turn down free wood, I investigated and found the branches were 3 12-15 foot sections that were about 7 inches in diameter at the widest point. A little better than the sticks I was expecting to see. I borrowed Mike’s (jockmike2) chainsaw and cut them up today. I have about 18 logs approximately 3 feet long all set and done. Diameters range from about 3-7 inches. Enough to keep me and Mike busy for a little while. Mike and I do a bit of turning with the heartwood intact, so the thinner logs will make good cups and vases.

Mike:
YOU’RE WINNING!!!

David:
I needed a bench with a thick, flat surface, some heft and rigidity for planing. I have a basement shop so the dimensions are going to be 5 feet long with a depth of 20 inches. Design is from a variety of sources including a weekend workbench design by Shop Notes and some articles by Chris Schwartz. No drawers will be added as I need a bench not a cabinet.

Mike:
You have really been busy buddy, looks really good. Got my 18” Ricon in the snowstorm yesterday, worst damn day of the year. Great guy though he slid all the way back to the garage and help me wrestle all 390 lbs into the garage. Tore up the yard pretty bad.

David:
(Re a chisel handle)
Not perfect, but definitely passable. Could use a ferrule on the end to prevent splitting, but if it breaks, I will just make another one. This wouldn’t be used for deep mortising anyway. Just shallow ones involving hinges and whatnot so I should be good for awhile. Nice project to learn some control and make shavings to accomodate set dimensions.

Mike:
Nice handle David, here I thought you were suffering from a tooth ache. I’m glad it is gone, if it is. I’m going to order a new bandsaw in the next couple days. I was wondering about that tension screw handle or round thing under the top part, is it hard to krank to get the right tension. I looks like it might be in the way somehow. Are you still happy with your Grizzly. If so that’s what I’m getting.

David:
So now I have a new job, house to myself, and most of the concerns I have for my immediate family alleviated. I visited Mike (jockmike2) last week and he is looking good. All rev’d up to give me a hand building furniture for my empty nest. My life has been given back to me and I have the tools to do something with that time.

Mike:
What’s this about homemade furniture? I must have missed something in our conversation. Oh well, I need to make some of my own, all we got to do is go see our favorite sawyer and get some good deals there. I have to get me one of those bandsaws. You know it’s always a pleasure to have you come, even if we don’t get much work done usually. LOL. I got the go so lets make some cool stuff. Your bud.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Craig

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#5 posted 842 days ago

Thank you Jim. I am truly speechless and the tears are flowing again. What a wonderful summary you put together here. That is all I can say.

David

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

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#6 posted 842 days ago

thnx David. Like Deb said, I feel like I was there

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#7 posted 841 days ago

Thank you update David.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 841 days ago

Happy to do my part Charles. Thanks for the comments folks. I know how much this site met to Mike and just wanted to help this community be involved, as much as possible, in the loss of one of our own.

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

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#9 posted 541 days ago

Mike you will be missed by all of us, may you rest in peace.

-- Billp

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