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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 05-12-2011 05:23 PM 1783 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone
I know it’s been a while since you last heard from me—(heart attack on the 7th of March) but I’m here to report that all is going well. As most of you know, I am a self employed woodworker so not being able to do what I love to do has really been a bummer. I had a bad reaction to one of the meds which prevented me from doing even the simplest things in the shop without feeling like passing out.( not cool working with power tools) It wasn’t until I started cardio rehab that the problem was detected (low blood pressure and heart rate) and the meds changed. Feel a whole lot better now (not afraid of tools) and things are getting back to normal. The work is resuming and the backlog of jobs is keeping me plenty busy. I even got to do some scrolling for a couple of commissioned pieces. Boy it feels good to scroll. You just don’t realize how much you love it until you can’t do it. Anyways here are a couple of pics of my newest little commissions.
This is a martial arts belt display make from Jatoba with Peruvian walnut on holly letters and the ying yang emblem is made from bloodwood and blue mahoe.

This is an estate sign made from Redwood for the frame,Dark Redwood for the background, cypress for the letters, Pau-Amerrilo for the sunrise and poplar for the base at the sunrise. Finished with 3 coats of spar varnish. Each letter is doweled in place and the frame is done using mortise and tenons.

It’s good to be back!!!

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 05:28 PM


Sorry to hear about the health problems. Glad you’re on the road to recovery and have got far enough you can safely get back to the work you love.

Keep up the good work!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 05:33 PM

Hi Mike,

I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better, and back to work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 05:37 PM

mike i had no idea of the heart attack …so sorry to hear that, im glad your on the mend and able to work again…i truly know about loosing the things you story is 2 back surgery’s and having to go on i know exactly how you felt, and im so happy for you that your back and going at it again…thats great news…im sorry i didnt know what had happened…but things like this come on so fast and before we know it were down and out…keep up the beautiful work..and again im really happy that your able to work again…my best regards…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 05:41 PM

Hi Mike and glad to have you back
had my heart attack 22 of march last year
i got a lot of good advice from this site

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 06:25 PM

Sorry to hear of your heart troubles, glad to know you are on the mend… It always feels good to be able to get some work done, and I bet it’s even sweeter after an experience like that!

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 07:18 PM

Glade you are ok.
It’s always nice to be back in place you enjoy..

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#7 posted 05-12-2011 07:20 PM

Sorry to learn of the MI but very glad you’re back in the saddle.

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

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#8 posted 05-12-2011 07:44 PM

Welcome back! Haven’t seen you on NCWW much either. Glad all is well!

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 05-12-2011 09:33 PM

Hey dude, glad you are on the go again! Hang in there and take it easy. Enjoy that sawdust!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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