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    Help for a friend?

    Hello, all. I'm asking for help for some friends in need.

    Joe and Lora Chandler, owners of Pioneer Woodworks in Portales, NM, lost their entire shop in a fire on Thursday, September 20. Here's a link to the newspaper article abouit the fire.

    > Link to Online Story <

    If any of you know of any tools or equipment that may be available to Joe and Lora, please let me know by e-mail or PM and we can work out something to get those things to them. They have received a couple of table saws, an edge sander, and his spindle boring machine is salvagable, but they need a wide-belt sander, and other machines and tools.

    If you can help, please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Nancy (87 days)
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 09-27-2007 at 03:23 PM. Reason: Fixed the link to the online story.
    Nancy Laird
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    Nancy, I don't have anything to offer as far as tools, but please do let them know all of us at FWW are hoping they recover quickly from their loss.

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    Yes, Steve and all, I will accept donations for Joe and Lora. I'll PM you with my mailing address.

    And thank you!

    Nancy (86 days)
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    FYI, hubby and I are in process of setting up an account for Joe and Lora. I will post particulars when I know. Thank you, everyone.

    Nancy (86 days)
    Nancy Laird
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    Woodworker, turner, laser engraver; RETIRED!!


    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to his country for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' If you love your country, thank a vet.

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    Just a note, if they had any Lie Nielsen tools, have your friends gather them up, no matter the shape they are now in, and send them back to Lie Nielsen. Those tools are guaranteed for life no matter the reason. When I worked for them a guys shop burned down and Lie Nielsen replaced them free of charge of course.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Below is the text of an e-mail I received from Lora Chandler this morning. I think this explains everything:

    "Below is a post I placed on Woodweb yesterday after getting some emails about why we didn't have insurance and also some negative comments about whether we should even try to rebuild since we probably don't know how to run a business anyway. I know I don't have to answer things like that, but I thought your friends on the forums you have contacted might have similar questions. If you would like to post this message from me on the forums you are a member of, please do. It's up to you. Here it is:

    Our fire was caused by lightning. We had two direct hits between our office area and the paint booth. We don't know exactly how it began. We only know the hits must have exploded something very close to flammable material because the fire traveled very very fast. The fire departments in our entire county responded within 5 minutes, but all they could do was control the burn. I know you are all wondering about why we didn't have insurance and how stupid we must be to let that happen. But, I can only tell you that for twenty years, we had insurance and never had a claim. Last February, Joe had to have surgery and before he left the hospital ten days later, he had four surgeries due to complications from the first one. It has been a long and very difficult recovery. He is doing better, but this situation came on the heels of one of our major customers telling us they were moving their furniture interests and purchasing to China and would no longer be buying furniture from us. This was a blow to our sales that we are still in the process of trying to overcome. Our expenses were still high while our income was suddenly/immediately significantly lower. Our ability to keep our cash flow stable during this past year has been nonexistent. We had to lay off some employees and reduce our spending to the bare bones and that included insurance for which the premiums were too high to pay and we couldn't borrow the money. We prayed we wouldn't have a fire and we have been so careful to observe safety measures in order to prevent the possibility of a fire; but our prayers were not answered and a fire occurred through no mistakes or fault of our own. There is so much more to this story, but I don't have the energy to tell it all. We are living with chaos and it will be that way until cleanup is finished. We are trying to go forward, trying to find hope and each person who encourages us with a kind word, a prayer, or five dollars is an angel in my opinion. Thank you to all who have posted concern. We are deeply grateful. Joe and Lora Chandler; Chad and Shannon Chandler; and all employees of Pioneer Woodworkers, Inc. Portales, NM"

    I think this says it all.

    Nancy (85 days)
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    Nancy - you are an angel!

    I don't have any extra equipment, but you can count on me for a donation.
    Don't believe everything you think!

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    Nancy, let me know when you get this account up and running, will send something to put in their. People are so unfeeling at times. To think these people going through a tragedy and then someone telling them they are stupid, life is not fair and it bites sometimes.

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    Nancy, if you can do PayPal, I'm in.

    I'd also like to say, that while things are very bleak, they could be a LOT worse, "Joe" could have not made it through the surgery, and someone else could have been killed in the fire. Workshops and tools can be replaced.

    Things WILL get better for them.

    Please count me in, and, like I say, if you can do PayPal, it will be much easier.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Stu, I don't do PayPal, but I will send you the account number and the electronic access number, and your bank there could make an electronic transfer of funds - sort of like paying a bill on-line. And you are right--THINGS can be replaced, people can't. My husband drove this home when our daughter totalled her car and was so distraught over it...and when my china cabinet fell off the wall and destroyed 4 generations worth of china/crystal/porcelain. (Don't ask.)

    Nancy (85 days)
    Nancy Laird
    dandnspecialties@msn.com
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    Woodworker, turner, laser engraver; RETIRED!!


    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to his country for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' If you love your country, thank a vet.

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