With almost 20 million veterans in the Unites States, MASW is providing a helping hand to our veterans as they grow into a post-military life.
Words from a Veteran
What is the correlation between the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and our nation’s veterans? One word–FREEDOM! Since our founding, thousands upon thousands of Americans have answered our nation’s call to serve, to fight, and to die for the cause of freedom. No one optimizes The American Dream more than the Marc Adams family thru the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. No tax dollars. No large endowments. No corporate sponsorships; just a man and a woman, faith, and freedom. They took that freedom, and a dream, and built it into the largest and best craft school in the world. Now, they are paying it forward by making excellence in craftsmanship available to all who want it, regardless of circumstances. This is the freedom that we veterans served, and fought, and died for. Mr. and Mrs. Adams, we salute you.
Here’s the plan
The bumper sticker reads “If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you’re reading it in English, thank a veteran.” Here’s your chance to say thank you to a veteran. On this weekend we are bringing a group together (those who server or those that didn’t – it makes no difference) to make very unique walking sticks for veterans who have served during wartime.
During this workshop participants will be cutting and assembling a variety of walking stick types and shapes that will be distributed to VA hospitals across America. Class size will be limited to 30 people and a minimum $200 registration donation will be required. All donation fees will be forwarded to be determined by participant. The goal will be to make over 300 walking sticks in the two days. All you need to bring is a desire to learn and work to give back a little to those who have given so much. It promises to be a fun and rewarding weekend.
Don Metcalf began taking classes at MASW in 1998, becoming a Master Woodworker, and receiving the John Coolidge “Student of the Year” Award in 2006. He has been on MASW staff full or part time since 2002. Throughout that time much of his efforts were toward managing the woodturning program, and in 2008 was instrumental in directing the first ever Segmented Wood Turning Symposium, which was held at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Having served in Korea, Don devotes much of his time as an advocate for veterans thru The Veterans of Foreign Wars, focusing on care and support for needy veterans and their families and school programs for children. Don also serves on the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard that extends a final salute at the funerals of veterans.
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