The need to write
I live in a townhouse and one of my neighbours, Roy Brown, a retired gentleman came to visit, He asked if I had any hobbies. At the time two of my hobbies were listeing to the Shortwave Radio and playing on the computer.
He informed me they were not "real" hobbies and said he would be right back.
10 minutes later he returned with a Delta 2 speed 16" scrollsaw, some blades, wood and patterns.
We set things up on my kitchen table.
About 15 minutes of lessons later he said, let me know what you think in a week.
I was amazed that he could slide the wood against the blade, cut a line, spin the wood on a single pivot point and exit the same line he just cut.
Well a week later I had cut out some coasters and some portraits. We shared many hours cutting and developing our skills,,,,, not that his needed it!
Soon I was with him at the local fair demonstrating our hobby. He told me I should make patterns, so I tried a few, started with the Jonah in the whale project, then the farm in the milk carton. I stumbled upon a great site, the one you are on now. What a gem.
Roy never really did spend much time on the computer, his passion was scrolling.
Around ten years ago he moved away. Still in the same town but we didnt meet as much as we used to.
I would pop in and visit him when I was in his neck of the woods, Then my job changed slighlty and we saw less and less of each other, Basically meeting for the demonstrations at the fair.
The last two years he didnt make it to the fair. I called him a few months ago and found out that he had had a stroke and wasnt cutting as much as he used to.
Roy passed away on Tuesday. I got an email letting me know. Strange thing is even though I hadnt seen him in over a year, I miss him.
He was always a gentleman, never smoke or drank a drop in his life.
He was generous and caring, knowledgeable and creative. I thank him for leading me to this hobby.
I hope to lead many more here the way he inspired me.
Cheers Mr. Brown. You are and always will be one in a million.
Posted 01-28-2011 at 09:12 AM by Back2Jake
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