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  1. Dear Esteemed Supporters, I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. We want to express our deepest gratitude for your incredible support of Operation Ward 57's Adopt A Family Christmas program in the past. Your unwavering commitment to brightening the lives of veterans and their families during the holiday season has touched our hearts profoundly. As you may know, Operation Ward 57 has a long history of serving the veteran and wounded warrior community, with a mission initially focused on assisting those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, in light of the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan, we recognize the need for our mission to adapt and evolve to continue making a meaningful impact. We are thrilled to share some remarkable news with you. The Honor and Courage Foundation, led by Heather Sliwinski, has been a driving force behind one of our most successful programs, supporting thousands of veterans. The Honor and Courage Foundation is now a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to honoring legacies and offering hope and healing to those still facing challenges. After careful consideration, we have made the heartfelt decision to close the doors of Operation Ward 57 and entrust the mission to The Honor and Courage Foundation. We are confident that this transition will enable our shared commitment to supporting veterans, wounded warriors, and caregivers to flourish for years to come. One of the initial endeavors The Honor and Courage Foundation will embark upon is the continuation and expansion of the Adopt a Family Program that Operation Ward 57 has proudly run for many years. This program spreads Christmas Cheer to veteran and Gold Star Families in need, and this year, we are excited to announce that Vietnam Veterans will also be eligible to apply. Your generosity can now extend even further. To learn more about The Honor and Courage Foundation and their ongoing initiatives, we invite you to visit their website and connect on social media: Website: www.honorandcouragefoundation.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551069111193 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honorandcouragefoundation/ While we bid farewell to this chapter with a hint of sadness, we are immensely excited about the incredible possibilities that lie ahead. The Honor and Courage Foundation will carry forward the torch of advocacy and support for our veterans and wounded, for as we know, "For the Wounded, the Fight Never Ends." Your past support has made a significant difference in the lives of those we serve, and we sincerely hope you will consider joining us in this new journey with The Honor and Courage Foundation. Thank you from the depths of our hearts for your unwavering dedication and compassion. With warm regards and gratitude, Heather Sliwinski Executive Director Operation Ward 57
  2. EDIT: Product recipients awarded @Grandpadave52 Fusion Table Saw by Laguna Tools @lew Mini Turning Tools by Easy Wood Tools @Larry Cutlip WoodRiver Low Angle Block Plane by Woodcraft @p_toad WoodRiver Bench Chisel Set by Woodcraft @jthornton Woodriver Spindle Steady Rest by Woodcraft @PostalTom Yorkshire Grit Original by Easy Wood Tools @Ron Dudelston Yorkshire Grit Microfine by Easy Wood Tools Products were paired in order from a list of randomly shuffled names, and highest value item first to the lowest. We had a total of 2602 name entries. We used "Wheel of Names" website to draw the names randomly from our text file of shuffled names. Thank you all who participated! This was a wonderful fundraiser that well exceeded our goal, we do have funds leftover and the remainder will be sent to the family to help start off their new year. A fund distribution report will follow shortly. I wish you all could receive something for your efforts, but I know the most important thing in your minds was not the material prize, but helping our Wounded Warrior Family. Award recipients, please contact me by PM and update your shipping information so I can notify our sponsors where to ship your item. Thank you Woodcraft, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for your participation in this annual event, we could not do this without you! Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to giveaway for this cause. We use 100 percent of your contributions to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for Christmas presents for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family I have had the honor of communicating with Mr. Forney and learned much about his wonderful family. Here is a brief introduction to our family this year. Mr. Forney and Mrs. Forney of Falling Waters, WV. standing with their family, Jacob Forney (Son), 12 Years, Michael Forney (Son), 11 Years, Houston Forney (Son), 2 Years, Jackson Forney (Son), 8 Years. Levi Forney (Son), 7 Months, Levi is not shown in this image, this family picture is a little older, Houston is seen being held by mama, Levi was just born 7 months ago. And our guest of honor, Mr. Forney was gracious enough to share some of his history in service of our nation, please read below. Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate. Outside countries may contribute but you will not be entered into the system for receiving items due to shipping costs. If you are in an outside country, and do contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate). Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately. You may contribute as much funding as you like to earn entries into our random draw. Your contributions will be accepted up to December 31st 12 am Pacific Time, at which time project will close and item recipients will be chosen. Please allow up to 48 hrs for recipient names to be listed in this topic. 6 names will be randomly drawn by Random Picker software, and items will be awarded in the order of names drawn. To contribute to our Adopted Family please click on "Donate" button This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the gallery below, these are some great prizes folks! You can donate only 2 dollars with multiple entry bargains, and your odds of receiving a sponsored item are very high given our typical turnout. To view the entry fees, and to purchase your entries please click on the Donate button above! Please click on gallery below. In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply and Laguna Tools and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without our sponsors, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2018 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2019 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2020 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2021
  3. Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to giveaway for this cause. We use 100 percent of your contributions to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for Christmas presents for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family I have had the honor of communicating with Mrs. Hulsey and learned much about her wonderful family, her husband, the kids, and they are of course just really great folks. Here is a brief introduction to our family this year by Mrs. Hulsey. And our guest of honor, Mr. Hulsey was gracious enough to share some of his history in service of our nation, please read below. Our Christmas Family Images Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate. Outside countries may contribute but you will not be entered into the system for receiving items due to shipping costs. If you are in an outside country, and do contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate). Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately. You may contribute as much funding as you like to earn entries into our random draw. Your contributions will be accepted up to December 31st 12 am Pacific Time, at which time project will close and item recipients will be chosen. Please allow up to 48 hrs for recipient names to be listed in this topic. 9 names will be randomly drawn by Random Picker software, and items will be awarded in the order of names drawn, the order in which the items are listed below, are the order they will be drawn. To contribute to our Adopted Family please click on "Donate" button This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! You can donate only 2 dollars with multiple entry bargains, and your odds of receiving a sponsored item are very high given our typical turnout. To view the entry fees, and to purchase your entries please click on the Donate button above! Item links Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw ($1599.00) for one recipient @Masonsailor Easy Wood Tools Full Size Finisher ($129.99) for one recipient @DuckSoup Easy Wood Tools Mid Size Finisher ($119.99) for one recipient @FlGatorwood Florip Toolworks 9" Dovetail Saw presented by Woodcraft ($119.99) for one recipient @PostalTom One Way Bowl Steady Rest presented by Woodcraft ($109.99) for one recipient @p_toad Woodcraft 2 year magazine subscription ($29.99) for one recipient @FrederickH General Finishes Clear Finish Package ($225.00) 8 cans of finish for one recipient @JimM High Performance Satin, and Flat - 2 cans total EVII (Endurovar II) Satin - 1 can total Exterior 450 Satin, Flat, Semi Gloss - 3 cans total Arm-R-Seal Satin, Semi Gloss - 2 cans total General Finishes Pigmented Package ($230.00) 8 cans of finish for one recipient @Joseph Milk Paints – Lamp Black, Antique White, Blue Moon, Driftwood, Tuscan Red 5 cans total Stain Blocker - 1 can total Brushable White Enamel Satin, Flat - 2 cans total General Finishes Stain Package ($235.00) 8 cans of finish for one recipient @Gerald P. (Gerry) Cousins Water-based Stain – Provincial, Tobacco, Graystone, Whitewash, Pecan - 5 cans total Gel stain – Antiqute Walnut, Java - 2 cans total Exterior 450 - Mesquite - 1 can total In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, Easy Wood Tools and General Finishes for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2018 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2019 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2020
  4. Our annual Adopt A Wounded Warrior campaign is going gangbusters! We are at about the 3/4 point in our goal. If you haven't made your pledge, please consider doing so in the next week. That gives our "Santa" a chance to do the necessary shopping to fulfill the Christmas wishes. Our Patriot Turners- Over the weekend, @forty_caliber posted one of his pecan bowl turnings. He added copper enhancements as a way to fill some voids. His post turned out to be one of the best conversations we have had in a long time, here in the Turner's Forum. I think you will find a lot of great comments that pertain not only to turning but also to creative thinking for any project. Another topic that crosses over from one forum to another was posted in the General Woodworking forum by @Gene Howe. Gene asked about our favorite wood species with which to work. Lots of great content and some super images. One of the images- @Bob Hodge is considering upgrading his lathe. His primary turning projects will be larger bowls, platters and hollow vessels. Bob asked the forum's thoughts on what might be a good lathe for his upgrade. Check out his post, our members comments and see if you can provide some input- Bob also took the time to share a couple of jewelry towers he has made. These would make excellent gifts for any wife or girlfriend (or both) who has a lot of bling! @Gerald updated us on the progress on some commissioned bowls. Looks like they are about ready to ship! Gerald also posed a question to the group asking if anyone had ever turned a full sized "Nut Cracker" soldier. None of members could really offer much in the way of useful information (although lots of wisecracks were offered up). If you have done this, or know someone that has, maybe you could help Gerald- @Ron Altier has been busy cranking out projects. The first one he showed us was some fantastic earrings. Ron has the awesome ability to combine the most gorgeous wood combinations- Ron also posted a new ornament he just finished! And speaking of ornaments, @Steve Krumanaker has made a bunch of birdhouses, Some of these are a new design for Steve and they are fantastic! He received lots of great comments and he offered additional information about how he makes the little birds. @Masonsailor is starting on his Christmas presents- I think I should take the hint! What’s Coming Up- If you are quick- Lyle Jamieson has an IRD, tomorrow (Thursday December 9, 2021), on turning natural edge, hollow forms. https://lylejamieson.com/product/december-9-2021700-930pm-eastern-time-thursday-natural-edge-hollow-form/ https://woodturningtoolstore.com/event/woodturners-retreat-six-turners-live-12-turnings-of-christmas/ For The Newbies- Hand made toys are always a treat for the little ones and with Christmas fast approaching this is a timely video from the AAW- We must be cautious when creating these, especially for those who might be thinking about chewing on the toys. The AAW has a short article with guidelines and some embedded links to more information- https://www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/Resources/Safety-Materials/Safety--Turning-Safe-Toys.aspx?_zs=ceDib&_zl=k8mr2 Lyle Jamieson has some tips on lathe speed- Expand Your Horizons- A live edge bowl from "Turn A Wood Bowl" Richard turning a little bowl. Just nice to watch his skills- New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has ornament kits available. A short video showing some of the products and turning a snowman. https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/62/Ornaments?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=description&utm_campaign=videos Ruth Niles has a new bottle stopper design. It is functional as a stopper as well as being able to show off the stopper top- Check it out at Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/ss-1000/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of last week's woodturning videos on YouTube-
  5. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    Mr. Hulsey and son, doing what Dad's and Son's do best.
  6. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    Mr. Hulsey and his wife make shaving kits from burl wood, yes, they are woodworkers too!
  7. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    Mr. Hulsey his children at the time, years ago. Daughter is 16 this year, and his son is in college. The youngest boy has not been born yet.
  8. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    Sgt. Hulsey on mission in country.
  9. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    Sgt. Hulsey on mission in country.
  10. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    Mr. Hulsey, and Purple Heart, freedom is most certainly not free!
  11. From the album: The Hulsey Family 2021

    A wonderful formal picture of our two parents of the Hulsey kids.
  12. The Drawing Dear all, our contributors/donors names have been extracted from our data base and the personal checks we received were included as well, the single and multiple name entries were hand entered into a text (.txt) file by the amount contributed, the text file was then copy and pasted into an online Random Name Picker. As the names were drawn, they were assigned to each item provided by our sponsors in the same order as listed at the Warrior Family Project Page. I wish all who contributed could walk away with something, but I know that was not your priority, the family was at the center of all this, and I greatly appreciate that from you all. Recipients We'd like to congratulate the following recipients of the wonderful machinery and tools donated by our sponsors. Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw - @PostalTom Easy Wood Tools Parting Tool - @Masonsailor Easy Wood Tools Parting Tool - @Steve Krumanaker Woodriver Standard Block Plane with Adjustable Mouth - @Cliff Woodriver No.4 Bench Plane - Alfred Tickell Our Sponsors We also want to issue a hearty thanks to our sponsors of this annual tradition here at The Patriot Woodworker. Woodcraft Supply, Easy Wood Tools, and Laguna Tools, thank you for all your support in the past, now, and hopefully into the future. We are very appreciative of your support, we couldn't do any of this without your help. What's Next For our prize recipients, please message myself with your shipping address, so I can inform our sponsors where to ship your item. Also, within the next two weeks, we'll be doing the financial review of this project and once we get it all squared away and the numbers jive, we'll disclose the results here, and a check will be drawn for the remaining funds to be sent to the Hine family. I am thinking, and this is just an off the top of my head estimate, we brought in just under 3000.00 and we should be able to get a check out to the family in the range of 1500.00, I am sure this will help get them off to a better 2021. Remember, 100 percent of your contributions go to the family project. Thank you all once again, I am personally very proud of what you all accomplished here for the Hine Family, I know our Admins and Staff are proud of your efforts as well. You all did this, we just stood by and watched it happen, we are forever grateful for all you do Patriot Woodworker's and Guests, and so are the families we support each year.
  13. Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to giveaway for this cause. We use 100 percent of your contributions to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for Christmas presents for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family I have had the honor of communicating with Mrs. Hine and learned much about her wonderful family, her husband, the kids, and they are of course just really great folks. I could, in my own words introduce the family to you as I always do, but I thought this time I'd let Mrs. Hine's own words stand for her family, with her permission I am sharing our communications. Our Christmas Family Top Row Left to Right: Haley, Mr. Hine, Mrs. Hine, Mackenzie | Bottom Row Left to Right: Hunter and brother Hudson The Kids Haley and sister Makenzie, and brothers Hunter and Hudson. Our Guest of Honor 2nd Image: Mr. Hine right, in country on mission. | 3rd Image: Mr. Hine center right with buddies and local boy. | 4th Image: Mr. Hine far right, Marine Corp Ball. Mr. and Mrs. Hine, their younger years. Mr. Hine with daughter Haley. Mr. Hine center in country with buddies and locals. Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate. Outside countries may contribute but you will not be entered into the system for receiving items due to shipping costs. If you are in an outside country, and do contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate). Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately. You may contribute as much funding as you like to earn entries into our random draw. Your contributions will be accepted up to December 31st 12 am Pacific Time, at which time project will close and item recipients will be chosen. 4 names will be randomly drawn by Random Picker software, and items will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with the Laguna Bandsaw, then the Easy Wood Tools, then the Woodriver hand planes. To contribute to our Adopted Family please click on "Donate" button This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! You can donate only 2 dollars with multiple entry bargains, and your odds of receiving a sponsored item are very high given our typical turnout. To view the entry fees, and to purchase your entries please click on the Donate button above! Item links Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw for one recipient Easy Wood Tools Parting Tool for two recipients Woodriver Standard Block Plane with Adjustable Mouth for one recipient Woodriver No.4 Bench Plane for one recipient In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2018 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2019
  14. Another Christmas is here As you all know, every year we adopt a wounded warrior or gold star family for Christmas and we all come together and provide Christmas presents and food for that family, I am proud to announce that today we have been invited back to Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Family For Christmas event for 2020. I am very proud that they keep having us back, and I am very proud of the big way you all come through for these families in the past. I just completed the application and I submitted it just seconds ago, later this month we'll know who our family is, and how many kids we are supporting! Our Past Projects Follow this link and scroll towards the bottom of that page to see some of our past projects with Operation Ward 57 Thank you In advance, I'd like to thank all of you who will no doubt participate in this annual tradition of ours to bring a little happiness to a warrior family for Christmas 2020! Stay tuned for your marching orders, and here's to another great Christmas Season! As always, 100 percent of the proceeds for our fundraiser raffle will go to the family project.
  15. Random Draw Recipients We'd like to congratulate the following recipients of the items contributed by our fabulous sponsors. We also want to thank all who participated in this wonderful project, we raised more than our goal, and our adopted family is set up for a wonderful Christmas morning, thanks to you all! And, a hearty congratulations to the winners of the machinery and tools donated by Laguna Tools, Woodcraft Supply, and Easy Wood Tools, we can't thank them enough. Please, each recipient, contact me via messenger and leave your shipping address, thank you all once again! Al Berube @Al B - Laguna 14/12 Band Saw Cliff Rohrabacher @Cliff - Easy Wood Hollowing Tools Peter Tomlinson @p_toad - Wood River No.4 Hand Plane Michael Curtis @Woodbutcherbynight - Wood River Block Plane Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to giveaway for this cause. We use 100 percent of your contributions to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family This year we have a unique situation for our adopted family. The family we are supporting is to remain anonymous. Hardships and conditions the family have and are undergoing prevent us from disclosing the identity of the family, so out of respect for the family we agreed to not share any images of the family, nor any personal information. In doing so would "out" the family and cause more hardship to them. Our adopted family has already gone through enough by serving our nation and paying a great price. What we can share is: The father and husband served our nation in the US Army. He is now on 100 percent disability with varying issues from PTSD to physical injuries including Traumatic Brain Injuries. Though many call Dad the hero of the family, the family themselves will call Mom the hero, as is typically the case when you have a caregiver situation as this family does. They are blessed with four beautiful children as follows. Boy in his late teens Boy pre-teen Boy pre-teen Girl toddler Your Comfort We understand the inferences that "Anonymous" implies, some folks may be a bit skeptical to contribute to an anonymous cause. So to help alleviate your concerns, I would like to encourage you to contact any of our forum hosts or admins for your general questions regarding the family. Our Forum Hosts and Admins are completely familiar with the family, they have seen the family, and they understand the history of the family, so they will be able to confirm to you the validity of this cause. Please keep in mind, under no circumstances will our Forum Hosts or Admins be able to disclose any more information than what has already been disclosed here, you will only be able to have confirmation that our Adopted Family is indeed with us, and needs your help. Please contact our Forum Hosts or Admins with your concerns by clicking on their names at our "Staff" page. https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/staff/ Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate. Outside countries may contribute but you will not be entered into the system for receiving items due to shipping costs. If you are in an outside country, and do contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate). Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately. You may contribute as much funding as you like to earn entries into our random draw. Your contributions will be accepted up to December 20th 12pm Eastern Time, at which time project will close and item recipients will be chosen. 4 names will be randomly drawn by Random Picker software, and items will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with the Laguna Bandsaw, then the Easy Wood Tools, then the Woodriver hand planes. An apology I apologize for the current method of contributing funding to this project as cumbersome as it is, our usual way, and very easy way we've used in the past had to be eliminated due to current "Raffle" laws governing our state of California, so I had to create this work around. This will be the last year I perform this event from my home state of California due to restrictions. For next years Christmas Family event, we will have a Patriot Woodworker host this event from their home state that allows such fund raising activity. We will not quit, we'll just find away around it! Our Veteran and Gold Star families need us! To contribute to our Adopted Family please click on "Donate" button (The project is now closed, thank you!) This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! You can donate only 2 dollars with multiple entry bargains, and your odds of receiving a sponsored item are very high given our typical turnout. To view the entry fees, and to purchase your entries please click on the Donate button above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the project so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. Item links Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw for one recipient Easy Wood Tools Mini Hollowers for one recipient Woodriver Standard Block Plane with Adjustable Mouth for one recipient Woodriver No.4 Bench Plane for one recipient In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2018
  16. Winners Announced On behalf of The Patriot Woodworkers and the Bassett Family, we want to congratulate the following raffle contributors for their win, and we want to thank all for participating. I wish all could receive something for their contributions, but as you all know folks, this is a raffle, and the cause is the reason. Thank you all once again! We raised $2205.00 !! Please PM @John Morris with your shipping information so that we can get these wonderful sponsored prizes out to you immediately! Laguna Tools $500.00 Gift Certificate - @p_toad Easy Wood Tools full set of Mid-Sized Turning Tools - @Dadio Woodriver Spindle Sander - @DuckSoup Rikon 8" Slow Speed Grinder - @schnewj Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Bassett Family from Las Vegas, Nevada. They include Wounded Warrior, Mr. James Bassett and his wife Mrs. Michelle Bassett, and their two boys Dalen (15 yrs) and Aiden (14 yrs). (Bassett family, image a couple years old) Mr. Basett and his boys Wounded Warrior James Bassett James went to Basic Training and AIT at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. He was stationed at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma and attached to multiple units under the 214th Fires Brigade. His combat deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom were to UAE & Kuwait while he was in Unit 114. His unit was the first live HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) ever fired in the UAE. James has many injuries, too many to list here by Mrs. Bassett's account. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury which has affected his impulse control and he has little to no short term memory capabilities. He is haunted by PTSD (mostly survivors guilt and hyper alert behaviors), and James suffers from Avascular Necrosis in his right leg (dead bones) and the family is currently putting off an ATK (above the knee) amputation for as long as possible. He wears braces from mid thigh to calf as well as ankle and foot braces on both legs. He has Plural Scarring on both lungs due to the fine metals he was breathing while "In Country" for 9 months. Army Service Basic Training and AIT - Fort Jackson, South Carolina Permanent Duty - Fort Sill, Oklahoma Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Combat Deployments - United Arab Emirates, Kuwait Medals - Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal The Wounded Warrior Mom and Wife Michelle Bassett, the hard working mother of two boys and the wife and best friend, and caregiver of her Wounded Warrior husband James is one busy lady! I have been in contact with Mrs. Bassett and I found out the sacrifices and volunteerism spirit is alive and well after her husband James' service and sacrafice to our nation. This family is still giving freely of their time to our country. Michelle is a highly active member and Fellow of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. I'd like to submit some excerpts of my discussions I've had with Mrs. Bassett. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation brings awareness to the community on the everyday life and struggles of our Military and Veteran Caregivers. Every state has a "Fellow" our job is to advocate and fight for the rights our Veterans and Caregivers deserve. I am the State of Nevada Fellow. Every year all the Fellows head to Washington DC for a week. We then "Storm the Hill" and have private meetings with our House Representatives and Senators and talk to them about what we need done. I helped pass two bills that were signed into law by President Trump. The first bill was the Family Caregivers Act. and Last year I focused on something near and dear to me which was our Vietnam Era Veterans. I am proud to say because of our Fellows hard work we were able to get enough Co-Sponsors and the VA Mission Act was signed into law by President Trump this year. This bill is the one that expands the Caregiver Stipend currently available to "Post 9/11" caregivers to include "Pre 9/11". It is starting with the Vietnam era since these are the Veterans that are sadly needing full time caregivers. It allows a family member or appointed person to get paid to take care of the Veteran in their home. This way they can spend their last few years at home and not in a state run care facility where they aren't cared for well. also With the Elizabeth Dole Foundation we have a campaign called Hidden Heroes (Tom Hanks is our spokesman) and I was personally able to get a day named Hidden Heroes Day in the city of Henderson Nevada. I also volunteer with Operation Homefront and I am the Hearts of Valor leader for Southern Nevada. Family Snapshot by Michelle Bassett James and I met online through a Cancer support community. He is a Leukemia survivor and I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor. Right after we started communicating he joined the military. James is a 40 year old Army Veteran who served a combat deployment that forever changed our lives. He is an amazingly strong man who battles mental and physical disabilities daily but still gives 100% for his family. He loves his car and tinkering around with it is cathartic for him. He loves food and is a total meat and potato guy. Watching NASCAR and going to the gym are 2 of his favorite ways to relax. Dalen will be 15 years old and definitely marches to his own drum. He is a self proclaimed nerd and proud of it. He joined a Dungeons & Dragons club at school and has been enjoying that. He wants to design video games and loves computer graphics as he gets older. He has great taste in music (Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel and lots of 80s) so I feel I'm doing something right! Aiden will be 14 years old in about a month and is the typical "cool kid". He loves all typical teen boys stuff. He has recently started showing an interest in photography and has been taking pics on an old cell phone of mine. He is a jokester but such a sweet kid and loves volunteering with James & I. Links of Interest Michelle and James Hidden Heros Page Injured Service Members and Their Families Participate In Family Fun for a Day (story with James and Michelle) Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends 4pm Eastern time, January 1st. 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Full Size Easy Wood Tools, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. Click on the ticket to enter! This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. Please be advised, the Laguna Certificate is also good at their new store, Supermax Tools. In addition, there are many items you can purchase directly with the 500 dollar certificate such as Laguna Bandsaw Accessories for most bandsaws, please see Band Saw Accessories. Their Drift Master Fence System is pretty nice from what I hear. In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!
  17. I'm a bit behind on my emails, but this one sent out by Woodcraft on June 8th recognized "all" of us here and featured our adopted family, the Thomas Akin family. Well done gang! ( @John Morris...if this needs to be moved within the forum, please do so...thanks,dz) BTW, Woodcraft has a pretty good price this month on the Rikon 8" Slow Speed Grinder too...that was brought the article to my attention. Woodcraft email Sales Circular 06-08-17 https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodcraft-supports-patriot-woodworker-project-to-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-christmas
  18. Here ye here ye here ye! Donate 10 dollars to Operation Ward 57 and recieve a very cool birch tree ornament! See details by clicking on the ornament below!
  19. We are proud to announce that we have been selected to Adopt a Family for Christmas by Operation Ward 57. Let us introduce you to the father and Wounded Warrior of the family as pictured left, his name is Joe McGlaughlin, he served in Iraq for 18 months during his time in service from 2004 to 2014. SGT. McGlaughlin received a Traumatic Brain Injury and hearing loss during a convoy mission when an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated by a convoy that was passing his convoy. Along with his physical injuries he is suffering from PTSD as well. Since his return to the civilian world SGT. McGlauphlin suffered a stroke, and to top it all off he fell 40ft and fractured his skull and broke his pelvis. But, within all this chaos Joe is a family man, he has a wonderful wife with two sons and they are now our family. The Patriot Woodworkers are proud to show our thanks and appreciation for the service Mr. McGlaughlin provided our nation. And we want to show our appreciation by just simply giving. We also want to thank Operation Ward 57 for allowing us this opportunity to pay it back. Donate cash to the cause and you are entered into our tool giveaway. 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to purchase gift cards for our family at the following locations. Stater Brothers for a Christmas meal Amazon.com for the boys Christmas gifts Walmart for mama, she loves shopping there And yet to be determined, a gift card from any Rock Shop for dad, he is a rock hound and he loves polishing rocks If you would like to just simply give without being entered into our big tool giveaway, please contact us at community@thepatriotwoodworker.com for kids clothing sizes, shoe sizes, and a detailed wish list from the two boys. This is our chance to show our appreciation for a great family, who both served and sacrificed much in the way of their own physical well being and mental stress by having loved ones deployed to the combat zone. This is what we do best Patriot Woodworkers, it's time to put our gloves on and get to work! Thank you all so much in advance for caring, you are the best! Please view below the big giveaway details. 1 Entry into the draw for a $2.00 donation 3 Entries into the draw for a $5.00 donation 7 Entries into the draw for a $10.00 donation 15 Entries into the draw for a $20.00 donation Your donation entries will be confirmed within one day of submission. The drawing will be held on December 19th and the winners will be notified via email and newsletter. Please view the fantastic inventory up for grabs below as donated by our supporters, Laguna Tools, Bessey Tools, Woodcraft, Easy Wood and Pony Tools. Woodcraft Supply 1 Winner will receive: Crown Nosing Plane $99.00 (RON DUDELSTON) 1 Winner will receive: Lynx 8" Crosscut Tenon Saw $134.99 (ALFRED TICKELL) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Laguna Tools 1 Winner will receive: Resaw King Blade Value $150.00 - $300.00 (depending on size of bandsaw) Maximum size of 175 inches (JOSEPH MORDENTE) 1 Winner will receive: Set of 5 bandsaw blades (Value $125.00) (KEN MARTINEZ) An awesome Laguna Tools Golf Shirt will also be shipped to each winner! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bessey Tools of North America Package 1 Winner will receive this complete Package: (JAMIE GUERRERO) 2 x KR3.524 (24” K-Body REVO) Bar Clamps 2 x KR3.540 (40” K-body REVO) Bar Clamps 2 x KBX20 (K-Body Extenders) Total Bessey Package worth $220.00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Easy Wood Tools’ package: 1 Winner will receive this complete package: (KEVIN WELLS) (1) – Mid-Size Easy Rougher (1) – Mid-Size Easy Finisher (1) – Mid-Size Easy Detailer Total Easy Wood Tools Package worth $359.97 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pony Tools’ package: 1 Winner will receive this complete package: (GEORGE KNUTSON) (2) – Jorgensen 36" Heavy Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen 24" Heavy Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen 36" Medium Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen 24" Medium Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 6" Medium Duty/Spreader Clamp-EXPANDABLE (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 12" Medium Duty/Spreader Clamp-EXPANDABLE (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 18" Medium Duty/Spreader Clamp-EXPANDABLE (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 4" Hobby/Craft Clamp (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 6" Light Duty Clamp Total Pony Tools Package worth $407.12
  20. Operation Ward 57 is once again teaming up with Yellow Ribbon Fund to treat wounded warrior families in the DC area to ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center this December. Tickets are first come first served. 2 Days to choose from. Sign up info on the flyer!
  21. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Another view of the sacrifices made during service to our nation. This display belongs to Garry Dietzman, a wounded warrior veteran as well he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from a 1,700-combat-mission deployment to Iraq. Thank you for your service Gary, we can never repay your service.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  22. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Can anyone name off the units, and ranks displayed in this lineup?

    © The Patriot Woodworker

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