And now for something completely different..
Got something exciting to share. Well, it’s not the most earth-shattering news, but I’m excited! As I mentioned, one of my hobbies is wood-working/furniture building (very amateur). One of the blogs I follow, The Wood Whisperer, is running a charity project to build a child’s rocking horse and then donate it to a needy hospital/church/family/etc. For every rocking horse that is donated, TWW will donate $1 to LiveStrong’s fight against cancer. A number of corporate sponsors and private individuals will be matching TWW’s donation.
Since my workshop is a federal disaster zone right now due to some home remodeling, I cannot make one, but I am pleased to say I am one of the private individual’s making matching contributions.
The owner’s of the design (WOOD Magazine) will be making the plan freely available for a limited time (details to be hashed out). Starting Sept 26, Marc from the Wood Whisperer is going to run some web-casts on his version of the build (the plans are usually pretty decent, but can all be fine-tuned, so I’d recommend going with what Marc does where there is a conflict). The project is relatively straight-forward, well within amateur capabilities, and materials shouldn’t be too bad (1 sheet of 4′ x 2′ x 3/4″ wood is my understanding plus misc bits). More seasoned builders can make their’s fancier. It should roughly take 2-4 weekends to build depending on skill level.
So if you ever thought you’d like to try your hand at this kind of thing, this is a great project, with a free plan, supporting not one, but two great causes (and you can pick one of them!). You can then build more for your own friends and family!