Woodworker’s Projects Are A Cut Above | Ocala.com

“It’s my favorite,” she said. When asked if she encourages his artwork, she said, “I stay out of his way.” Charlie Marshall poses with an intricate wooden doll house he made with his laser at his home in the Ocala East Villas subdivision in Ocala, Fla…. Ocala.com December 27, 2014 7:39 PM

Charlie Marshall has a retirement hobby that really cuts it.

The Hillsborough, New Hampshire, native has turned a post-retirement enterprise of making custom cut templates in his workshop into a hobby of making complicated and intricate wooden objects of art.

Marshall, 83, retired about 23 years ago after working in a machine shop and as a draftsman and computer mainframe operator with the state of New Hampshire and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He and his wife, Jane, loaded up a motor home and headed south.
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He started crafting benches out of cedar about six years ago. He sells some and gives others away as gifts. I dont make a lot of money, but I take in a few bucks to supplement my Social Security, he said. Mostly, hes sad that the children wont have their holiday benches.
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UPDATE: Donations Replace Blind Man’s Tools to Make Christmas Gifts

No one knows for sure, Basterrechea said. On Tuesday, Gibson said he wouldnt have minded so much if the theft had occurred in July. But three days before Christmas, it ruined his plans to make holiday benches for two of his young grandchildren and two neighborhood kids. I wanted to build these kids something and now I cant, Gibson said Tuesday. I think someone who does something like that doesnt have much of a conscience. Gibson had suffered vision problems from glaucoma since he was a kid, but an industrial accident at a sawmill when he was 22 left him blind and without a job. He still works around power tools.
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