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Outreach for David Charlesworth

Report: Thursday, November 18th:
Report from David personally: Progress is slow, and although slightly stronger than a few weeks ago I am still very weak.

Report: Thursday, October 20th:
David Charlesworth is home and on the mend. Very weak, very grateful and very happy to be alive. Good to hear him sounding positive. Hopes to spend lots of time writing in the months of recovery ahead of him. May be a month before he can start, pretty much bed rest for now. More as it comes.

Report: Friday, October 14th:
David was flown to a UK hospital and is on the mend. Still very weak but has his senses back and is now aware of what is going on. More as it comes.

Report: Wednesday, October 12th:
From John this afternoon through Rob;
They had David up walking for the first time today. Weak as you can well imagine but this is all part of the road to recovery. The intent was to air ambulance him back to the UK today but the doctors want him to be more mobile before this happens. Support has been great as they have had to order more books from the publishers, always a good sign. Cheers to all you supporters of David out there for an outstanding effort of donations and book orders, please keep it coming…Blessings!

Report: Monday, October 10th:
David has now moved out of the ICU into a normal lung ward. He is much better,  still confused at times. Hospital says he needs a lot of physical therapy, not likely to leave Germany until next week. More as it comes.

Report: Sunday, October 9th:
David is still very confused, and will not be transported back to England just yet due to being on intravenous antibiotics. CAT scans of his lung show to be in “unbelievably horrible shape.” David is having trouble seeing things, and tends to see things that are not there. Report courtesy of his wife Pat, and also Rob Cosman.

Report: Friday, October 7th:
Condition same as Thursday. Still on oxygen, medical transport is in the works to get home to a hospital in England, possibly early next week. Thanks for the outpouring of support. More as it comes.

Report: Thursday, October 6th:
Pat said in an email today that David ate a bit of food. He is confused and very weak but showing some improvement. The hospital in Munich is working to get him transferred to a hospital closer to his home in England. He is breathing on his own but still needs oxygen, however this is a big improvement over last week. He will need to be hospitalized for sometime yet, however his condition is looking up. Thanks for your support. More as it comes. www.davidcharlesworth.com

Courtesy of Rob Cosman
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This blog is not about sales, Woodcraft, or in support of any marketing attempt for monetary profit. This is an attempt to give back with your help. We have a world renown author, teacher, furnituremaker, and woodworker, David Charlesworththat has done much for the woodworking industry, who now requires our help. If I had to state one word that drives or represents woodworkers and their accomplishments, that word would be “inspiration.” David has been, and still is the epitome of inspiration for many through his woodworking talents. He now requires our inspiration and giving back to him.

David was teaching woodworking classes in Germany, when he was rushed to the hospital with respiratory problems, and other health complications that affect his ability to survive. We all know what it means when we cannot do our craft, as David is currently in critical condition, unable to continue doing what he does best. Without that ability, he acquires no income. His wife Pat, a retired school teacher with limited funds, is trying to handle it all.

That’s where we all come in as a family of woodworkers. I have found that woodworkers do more than just woodwork. Most, if not all woodworkers that I have encountered in my travels, have given back in some way to children, medical causes, the indigent, universities, home school woodworking programs, other woodworkers, communities; all with personal money, time and attention.

David needs our help right now, and time is of the essence. If you can donate a contribution, it will all add up to help David. Your heart-felt gift will not only help with his medical bills, but relieve part of the heavy burden a situation like this puts on a person and a family. When mental and physical well being need to come together to support the healing process, help from the outside can be instrumental in accomplishing a healthy recovery.

Rob Cosman shared with us his support of David stating, “While recovery is the most important, the reality is David, like most of us, needs to work. He derives a part of his income from his royalty on books and DVDs. If you have been considering a purchase, NOW would be a good time, and a great way to show your support. On that note, please be aware that online rentals DO NOT pay the author, and illegal downloads are killing the DVD business.”

If you can help in any way, please send your contributions to:

The PayPal account for David, setup through David’s assistant John at: jklweb@Lineone.net (through Paypal)

You can also order his DVD’s and books through David’s site: www.davidcharlesworth.com.

You may also send your contributions by mail to:

David Charlesworth
Harton Manor
EX39 6BL

Please feel free to spread this word on David’s behalf, and please keep David in your prayers.

Check back on this blog for additional updates on David.
Thanks in advance from all of us at Woodcraft.

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  1. avatar
    DonP, October 20, 2011
    Good news- made my day. The continued updates are appreciated. Thanks Don Reply
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    DonP, October 12, 2011
    Because I don’t GET PayPal and thought a card would be nice I used the post office. I added - England - the address given. I am a little apprehensive but not sure why. I would like people to think about purchasing a book or DVD and contributing it to a local school, Scouts, library or other youth focused groups. At this years WIA there was some discussion on how to save woodworking. It would be a fine way to do that - help a great teacher and show hem how much he is valued. DonP Reply
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    Frank Spillman, October 11, 2011
    I donated! Come on, people! Reply
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    Michael Blake, October 11, 2011
    I spoke to Tom Lie-Neilson late Saturday at the Popular Woodworking conference. That's when I learned how seriously ill he really is. When he mentioned that David was going to be transferred to England, my first thought was... "OMG, I hope not! The British health service if far more likely to kill him than cure him." Secondarily, I thought... "Perhaps David is big enough of a "celebrity" to get decent care in his home country. Reply
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    Michael Rogen, October 5, 2011
    Thanks Ron Hock for putting the message on your blog for all to see. "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything" how many times have we all heard that phrase? Well I don't have my health anymore and I had just gotten laid off when I was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease as it's better known as. I know all too well David's situation and what Frank said about woodworkers is absolutely the truth. They have given back in some way to children, medical causes, the indigent and total strangers. I have benefited from new friendships that have kept my spirits up at the most down times. I have exchanged emails with David several times and have always found him to be very open in sharing his wealth of knowledge with me. That always stuck with me, a total stranger to the man. I will be proud to help David and his family in thier time of need. It is the least I can do. All the best. Michael Reply
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    Ron Hock, October 5, 2011
    Thanks for doing this, Frank. I knew David had pneumonia but hadn't heard how serious his condition is. David's a valuable, generous member of our community and I know your post here will mobilize the troops to help him in this time of need. Spread the work everyone! Good on ya! Reply
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    Rob Cosman, October 5, 2011
    Thanks Frank, David and Pat will really appreciate this. Latest update is that David was sitting up and able to eat a bit of food today. Still very weak and in need of oxygen. They are trying to get him back to hospital in the UK. Pat is holding up well, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger! Cheers Rob p.s. special thanks to John, David's assistant. Reply
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    frank, October 11, 2011
    Thanks for your concern Michael. They need to wait until David is stable enough for transport. This also involves insurance approval when traveling from hospital to hospital of this magnitude, so all considerations must be met before flight takes place. Yes, you are correct, David is seriously ill, and almost died. Having a one lung capacity with pneumonia and other complications only adds to the problem. We don't want to paint a completely negative picture in hopes for a complete recovery, or enhance any speedy recoveries here because that is not the case. This will be a long recovery, with hopefully no regression. David still has much to offer the woodworking community, and we wish him nothing but the best. Although the clouds are still gray at this point, the support is outstanding, just as knew it would be from the types of people that woodworkers are. We will continue to monitor and report going forward. Thanks once again for your care. On a side note, a great big thank you to all the forums; magazines, blogs, websites, and general responses for their support to David Charlesworth. Reply
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    frank, October 5, 2011
    Everyone, please feel free to use the content I posted on David this morning. The more it gets out there, the more David may be able to be helped. Thanks to one and all. Reply
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    frank, October 5, 2011
    Thanks Rob, It's our pleasure, we hope many people will see this and feel the need to give back and help David and Family, Prayers & Blessings to all...Frank & all at Woodcraft. Reply
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