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bues0022

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07-27-2012 01:58 PM

I’ve been involved in many online communities. Some come across feeling a little harsh and hostile, while others more like a big family. I always regarded lumberjocks as a warm and welcoming community, and just recently I experienced first-hand how amazing lumberjocks, and the people here really are.

My wife and I hard our first child last August, and consequently this year was my first Father’s day. I was unfortunately send to Europe for work for a little while, and was not in the states for the occasion. Unknown to me, my wife was trying to plan a special gift for me to come home to: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/39099

She thought to get me a keepsake box to always remember this “first” and knew I was involved a little on here. She put up a question asking for some direction of where to purchase, or does anyone sell unique, hand-craftedboxes. Many responded with suggestions, but one person truly stood apart. Andy (SN: gfadvm) messaged several times with my wife telling her to look at his gallery, and pick out something I might like. Through several messages, Andy got a feel for what my wife said I liked. Next thing she knows, a box arrives at the door from him: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67612

Being a woodworker, I was obviously quite excited about the beautiful keepsake box. After opening the gift, she told me about the story on how she came to lumberjocks looking for direction on where to purchase, and the astonishing gift from his heart to us. Not once did he ask for anything for this – despite my wife offering. He didn’t even let my wife pay for the shipping. I was absolutely floored at his generosity towards us, despite not knowing us at all. I can’t even start to express my gratitude for this unbelieveable gift for us. I proudly have this box on my dresser, and it will be something very special for me to remember my first father’s day for a very long time.

I thought a long time about putting this post together. I do this not to brag about my great box (which it is :) ), but to show what amazing people are on lumberjocks, and the welcoming sense of family that exists – even though most have never met in person. I will never forget the generosity displayed here, and will use it as an example in my own life to “pay it forward” when I am able.

Thank you again Andy. You made my first Father’s day truly unforgetable.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN


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Bertha

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 02:01 PM

That made my morning, probably weekend and week too. I’ve admired the guy for some time now. I’m not surprised at all by this gesture. Congratulations.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 02:17 PM

Thats the woodworkers spirit that has kept most of together around here. Kudos to Andy one of the best around.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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nwbusa

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 02:56 PM

A great example of the true LJ spirit.

-- John, BC, Canada

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Doss

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 04:17 PM

That’s an awesome story and one of the things I love about this site.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 04:27 PM

Thanks for sharing this! What a great way to capture the wonderful spirit of the site. +1 to gfadvm.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 04:29 PM

That was a nice story. I agree with you – there are a lot of nice people on Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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barecycles

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 05:10 PM

I love reading about things like this…makes me proud to be associated with LJ, and guys like Andy.

Thanks for posting Ryan!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 07-27-2012 05:20 PM

Thank you for sharing your story Ryan, kinda makes ya super glad LJ is the way it is.
Andy, excellent example my friend, thank you.

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 02:22 AM

Hey Ryan, congrats on the daddy factor! That’s a life changer!

That’s a really cool story…...Andy is a stand up guy! I’ve admired his work for quite awhile now…..that is a beautiful gift….............

Hope you are getting settled now and thinking about finishing up that rocker…..it’s going to be a beauty!

My best to the family.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 03:19 AM

Truly in the spirit of Pay It Forward. Thanks for sharing!

-- Cliff

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jeepturner

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#11 posted 07-28-2012 03:32 AM

Nice read. I am thankful that there are lots of good people in this world and Andy does a fine job representing those good people. Thanks for the story, and thank you to Andy for the box.

-- Mel,

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 07-28-2012 04:54 AM

Wouldn’t it be a beautiful world if these stories were the norm?

Thanks to LJ and Andy this is a part of life to cherish!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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SchottFamily

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#13 posted 07-28-2012 05:41 AM

Very cool post and an even cooler gesture. I’m glad to be a member around here for stuff like this.

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 07-29-2012 02:48 AM

You’re welcome. Some day you will pay this forward and someone will be thanking you!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rance

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#15 posted 08-02-2012 02:44 PM

A nice story. And it doesn’t surprise me one bit. There are a lot of good people out there, and Andy is amongst the best. A man’s man. Or is that a cowboy’s cowboy?

Congratulations on the new addition. You’ll have many good memories to look forward to.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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