Name: James Hensley
Baby Bear Woodworking
Sw Oklahoma City
Here is an interesting story about this planer above. A few months back I posted an article for James Hensley. He is like the rest of us – has a love for woodworking. What is probably different than his circumstances though is that when I wrote the article about him he was in a wheelchair much of the time because of a physical condition.
He is doing a little better now than he was then, able to hobble along some. But that is about the best he is going to get. When this was related to me I thought I had to share it here on WooDesigner:
“I’m in hopes you may remember me from article not long ago. I am the owner of Baby Bear Woodworks. Ted Leger wrote an article here on WooDesigner about how I am disabled and in a wheelchair, but still carry on with my woodworking hobby. It helps me a lot because it gives me something productive to keep my mind off of my physical problems.
Sometime after the article was written, I received a phone call from a gentlemen in California. He started out by saying is this James Hensley? The one in the article that come out this week on woodesigner.net? He asked what is it you need to help get going better? I laughed and said “more work.”
I also listed a number of items that I needed for my woodworking and he said: “Ok let me see what I have. I don’t do much anymore and I’m sure there’s a few thing I can send. We exchanged pleasantries in the end and then hung up.
Yesterday evening my room mate came in form work and said “let’s go eat.” Walking by the trash cans I saw a box outside and figured it was his. I got in the car and asked him about the box and he said he didn’t know. So he jumps out and yells its addressed to you. (From) Amazon. Ok I hobbled out to see.” OH I can walk almost half the time now this is good and probably the best it will get but I’ll take it“.
In the box was a Makita 2012 nb 12” planer new in the box. Everything was wrapped up still in there packaging! Looked up the pricing on these. $549 – WOW. I only wish I could find his number, somehow I didn’t save it. My tears still fall. I feel so unworthy of such love and kindness. If some how he sees this Thank you I will work hard to honor it sir.
I’m sorry there’s no more I can say or even ask for. I can only hope to someday pass this love on. And teach my skills where I can. I’m not at all worthy of old used tools. Must less this I now have hope my shop will grow from love. that’s the real gift he gave to me and I really do appreciate it!” – James Hensley
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Just go to the “contact” tab at the top of every page/post on the site and you can fill in the field with your email address and other contact information and I can get with you on the project.