On December 21st, Charles Neil passed away after a long illness. Charles had been battling an infection and Sepsis for over eight months. As many of you saw on his weekly show, Charles lost over 100 pounds since last May. About four weeks ago cancer was discovered and he took a turn for the worse. He always had a very positive attitude which is why he kept in touch with many friends right up till the time he passed away. Much of the last eight months were spent visiting many doctors and specialists and numerous long stays in the hospital. The family now needs your support to help offset his medical expenses.
Charles was a gifted woodworker and exceptional wood finisher. He is best known for his stunning tiger maple furniture pieces and his love for teaching other woodworkers. He would always be going up into Pennsylvania and down to the Carolina's searching for that exceptional piece of wood. Charles was one of the first woodworkers to take advantage of Youtube and publishing DVDs. His many Youtube and Woodcraft videos led him into creating a weekly woodworking show that was videoed, editing and hosted all in-house. There are now over 500 shows created and posted online.
Charles was an inspiration to many, many woodworkers. He loved to teach whether it was via his videos, the classes he hosted in his shop or just by inviting people over to work on a project. There were always people 'dropping in' because they were in the area or made a little side trip to meet Charles in person. No matter the time of day or if visitors showed up unannounced he loved to chat about woodworking and made you feel welcome and at home in his shop.
As the sole proprietor of a single person shop an illness like this is devastating to the family's finances. Charles's wife Linda and the family would like your support to help offset the medical expenses that have accumulated over the past eight months. You can help by making a donation.