Saturday, January 2, 2010

Why Woodwork

So George a very good friend of mine decided that during this holiday season, we would build a toy together for a charity organization. At the same time, I would be fulfilling a requirement for being a judge in the Saw Dust Chronicle 60 Day Challenge, arrange by Rick Waters.

The "Red Baron Flier" was the toy of choice. George who I don't see nearly enough is a very curious bloke. He dove right in with no complaints about the 13 hour first flite to building the fleet, and even insisted we start earlier then I wanted the next day. Together we got 90% completed in 2 days, attaching the tail section and finishing was my chore. In those 2 days of building, I had forgotten how much George and I laugh together, we are polar opposites that click. Seeing him get excited while machining a part and how proud he was of each assembly was just simply fun to watch.

George arranged for a Dec. 23rd delivery of our Fleet to the Pediatric Wing at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital. A difficult but at the same time, wonderful experience. That's all George. I love to laugh but I found myself hesitant at times.

Here's a picture of Grace and her Mom..........George asked why couldn't Grace aspire to be Amelia Earhart.

One reason Why we Woodwork!!!!

5 comments:

David Pruett said...

Ah . . . Neil, what a touching holiday story from a woodworkers perspective! That is a beautiful squadron of Red Baron biplanes and an absolutely cool story to share. Sounds like a very busy holiday season at Furnitology Productions!

Anonymous said...

Very inspiring project and I bet it was a real fullfilling feeling doing something for the childred.

Chuck

Neil....a Furnitologist said...

Hey Guys.........it was very cool to do. I did real well no matter what the condition of a 16yr old, but man the little kids got me.

Next time I do something like this, I'll be better emotionally prepared.

Thanks for check-in you 2 shmagegies.

Neil

Anonymous said...

Neil, thanks for sharing your heart warming story. The planes look great to us but even better to those children.
Also, glad to see you were able to post.

Life Coach Paige said...

Wow, Neil. Kuddos to you and George for doing such a wonderful thing. That is really cool!

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