Paul Sellers and the "spoon tribute"

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  • #26512
    António
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    Hi to everyone!

    I decided to create this in the off-topic because what i have to say it’s a bit diferent from woodworking.

    I place some pictures from my first hand carved spoon (ever) and the spatulas i did with a 12 year boy that i’m coaching/tutoring after school (he´s very behind at school because he don’t “fit”… even though sometimes e can do mental calculations quicker then me with a machine). So the kid got potencial.

    It was some time after i read a post about Mr Paul lefting school and something about his teacher told him he couldn’t be thaught that i got this idea. And the totaly confirmation when the late christmas presentes post came out!

    I talked to my wife, (she’s social worker/psicologist), talked to the boy’s family and i “BORROW” parts of Mr Sellers life story and we done it!

    His first project was a spatula, (i carved his name). And the last evaluation tests were better. So i move on and he’s now working in the next project- a small “bird house” and our dead line is before spring.

    My rules are: 1º homework – (some times for english homework i show him the blog and “ours” masterclasses videos
    2º lets go to the garage for woodwork.

    Ps:Mr. Sellers, i hope you wont mine i borrow your story.
    Ps 2: Yes, i desmantle a prouning scissor to do the concave parts of the spoon – i got a lot of blisters in my hand but untill i get a proper knife that will do!

    Enjoy the learning path...!!
    https://www.instagram.com/coisasemadeira/

    #26521
    Paul Sellers
    Keymaster

    What a determination!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is real woodworking in action. Helping and extending that hand to others and then receiving the reward of a changed life right before your very eyes. These are the kinds of miracles I love watching grow. So inspiring to work with what you got and not say it can’t be done because you don’t have a fancy tool or a machine.
    Thank you for sharing and also extending my own dream of preserving the seed of woodworking and craft work in people that really work with their hands. I will sleep tonight meditating on your story Antonio. In fact, can I use it on my blog this week, to inspire others too?

    #26522
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    Antonio your post both inspires and shames me. How many times have I said “I can’t” because I didn’t have the correct tool? More times than I care to admit. The next time I think that I don’t have the proper tool I will think of you and do my very best to find a way.
    Thank you for sharing!

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #26523
    billstennett
    Participant

    Well said Antonio. It is great to hear your “can do” attitude – long may it be with you.

    Cheers

    Bill

    #26524
    David Gill
    Participant

    Antonio that is a great thing you are doing and I wish you and Ruben the very best for the future

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #26529
    António
    Participant

    I was reluntant in posting this. I thought it was bit juvenile pheraps… i would be proud if you, mr Sellers, use this story in any way.
    I must say it was your post with the violine player story that “stoke me”.

    Enjoy the learning path...!!
    https://www.instagram.com/coisasemadeira/

    #26530
    dborn
    Participant

    What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing! Hopefully this will give the child the confidence to do well in school.

    #26531
    Eddy Flynn
    Participant

    well done Antonio very inspiring the world needs more people like you in it.

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #26532
    Mark Armstrong
    Participant

    Agree with everyone else well done very inspiring. 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #26533
    Sandy
    Participant

    Antonio, Great job working with young Ruben. Keep up the good work and post pictures the progress…

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26540
    Jason
    Participant

    I really like your ingenuity. It reminds me of when I was 11. My grandfather had me shape a piece of wood for a small project by rubbing it on a concrete sidewalk. He said that sometimes you had to use your imagination. Ruben is lucky to have you.

    #26542
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Awesome story Antonio, thank you for posting, very inspiring!!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #26543
    str8tedge
    Participant

    It’s called “Paying it Forward”. Something we can all do for others. You give so little and gain so much. Hats off to you Antonio.

    #26598
    Sandy
    Participant

    Antonio, the oppertunity came around for me today. A couple of little guys came by my shop and were intrigued by what I was doing. While it took time away from my plans, i wouldn’t have given anything for the feeling I had as these little guys headed home with a tote they (we) made for thier dad.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26624
    António
    Participant

    I agree with the expression “paying foward” and it feels very nice!

    Thks for your words.

    Let’s get Back to work!!!

    Enjoy the learning path...!!
    https://www.instagram.com/coisasemadeira/

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