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Friday, December 18, 2015

Going Wood for Christmas Cheer

Everyone knows wood comes from trees, right?

But folks around the world have discovered that trees can come from wood! And just in time for Christmas.

Down under, where Christmas is usually a sunny affair, one can build a tree out by the pool with cool drink in hand.



Or, if you happen to live near the coast, a driftwood Christmas tree can build holiday memories.


Now, if you live in the rolling hills of Italy, where woodworking is truly a lifestyle passion, you can do a wooden tree, first class.


But here in the States, we have an affinity for making good things from old pallets. Why not a Christmas tree?


This last video was made by a US Army veteran in Tennessee, who is using a GoFundMe effort to build a woodshop for fellow veterans to have a place to chill when not on duty.
"So here is the goal. I'm going to open my home and shop to active duty and vets as a past time program to get them out the house or single soldiers living in the barracks some time to unwind. The goal is to keep them from sitting around and being idle and give them a place to escape that is positive. We would like to be able to have a big brother program on the weekend so our vets can help children that need a mentor. I need to replace my temporary garage with a bigger steel building. Upgrade some of my diy tools to a little better ones and stock up on some building supplies. My long term goal is to employ solders and vets as a way to fund the program further an provide job for vets that really need help.."
 What a great way to Go Wood...why not get in the spirit of the season and help them out?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas. Great videos to help brighten our spirits and celebrate the reason for the season i.e., Jesus in our lives. Best Regards Dr. Doug

Jeff Wartluft said...

Neat ideas for decorative trees - Merry Christmas!

But Chuck, a forester talking steel building? A post frame building would be less costly and more environmentally green. We'll forgive you for that slip. Have a meaningful Christmas.

Chuck Ray said...

Not me, jeff...that's the fellow in Tennessee with the big dream of a steel workshop. Pass your idea on to him with a big donation, I'll bet he'll take your advice :-)

Chuck Ray said...

Not me, jeff...that's the fellow in Tennessee with the big dream of a steel workshop. Pass your idea on to him with a big donation, I'll bet he'll take your advice :-)

Woodworking for Vets : said...

My building will be timber built frame only steel siding unless OSB siding is cheaper. The goal is to keep coast down to keep the program free for my soldier brothers and sisters.. Thank you for you input..

Woodworking for Vets : said...

Thank you so much for sharing my video and my dream.

tony smith said...

Good idea :)