Sweet Janice and I were privileged to attend a very
special Christmas party this past week. There
was the usual fun gift exchange plus lots of food
and merriment. A couple we are friends with
ask for prayer as he awaited the results of a biopsy
to determine if he had lymphoma cancer; his voice
betrayed the fear inside as he spoke. I am
pleased to report we have since learned that he does
not have cancer.
Since we are dedicated to serving folks whose hobby
involves woodturning, making different items with
artistic components and generally being creative,
this event really snapped me back into reality.
While we are very busy filling Christmas orders,
getting ready for a busy show season involving
hotels, lots of winter travel with snow and ice and
trying to manage a thriving business via long
distance, the one thing we havenít been worried
about is whether or not we will be alive to do the
work. The day before Thanksgiving, my daughter lost
her husbandís father, the other father-in-law.
As another gift giving season quickly arrives, we
might be well advised to reevaluate the important
things and put the urgent things in perspective. I
have asked for a family dinner with all of the kids
and grandkids for my Christmas present this year
(along with socks and underwear). Donít overspend on
temporary gifts that wonít be appreciated, but make
time to be with those you love. This year why not
work on not being easily offended by those loved
ones who can offend us so easily. Sweet Janice and I
wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
and Godís blessings on all of your families, because
wherever you go, there you are.
Here is my inspiration for this message:
1 If you've gotten anything at all out of
following Christ, if his love has made any
difference in your life, if being in a community of
the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a
heart, if you care - 2 then do me a favor: Agree
with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited
friends. 3 Don't push your way to the front; don't
sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside,
and help others get ahead. 4 Don't be obsessed with
getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long
enough to lend a helping hand. 5 Think of yourselves
the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
be posting a PDF in the "Free Downloads" section so
you can make your own gluing guides if you prefer.
Be patient - there is a lot going on.
Introducing Ron Brown's Best Brand
Carbide Mini Turning Set
Ideal for Pens and
smaller spindle projects.
This set would be worth
having just for the Carbide Parting Tool. Use it for all
smaller spindle projects as well as pens. Excellent for
use with exotic woods, burls, etc. and acrylics.
There is no
sharpening required with carbide cutters and they are
very long lasting. Replacement cutters available
inexpensively. Check the website.
Limited Time Offer
Free Riser Rings
included with all Longworth Chuck Purchases this week,
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In case you didn't already
know, I have posted tons of "Free Download" stuff on my
web site including a measured drawing of a typical
Christmas ornament with icicle dimensions. A customer
took the time to prepare this helpful document and ask
that I make it available to anyone who may wish to use