The Wood Whisperer’s Fall Charity Build

Got something exciting to share.  Well, it’s not the most earth-shattering news, but I’m excited!

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!


About J.

40 year old IT guy on a health and fitness kick.

Posted on September 16, 2011, in Projects and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi J. – the similarities are a little eerie here… let me point out:

    1. Both names (presumably) begin with ‘J’
    2. 3X year old IT guy on a health and fitness kick
    3. Follow TheWoodWhisperer
    4. Doing the Fall Charity Build (or at least you would be doing it if your were able)

    Here’s hoping you have to send off a ton of matching funds! 😉

  2. J.,
    Well done promoting and sponsoring the build. I’m going to try to build one, but it the stars align and I make it to WIA then I’ll never have time. In that case, I’ll just be donating to Woodworkers Fighting Cancer directly.

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