To Wood Barter Family- From Kevin's daughter

Don Ratcliff

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Abby,

On this site you and your family are royalty to us by extension of your dad. if there is anything any of you ever want to know about woodworking there will be a line of us to answer or help.

The person that has taught me the most about working wood did so with the understanding that should he be unable I would teach his grandson what he taught me. Kevin has brought together hundreds of people that would be honored to extend that same commitment to his family.

I'm sure we are all looking forward to your pictures. thank you for joining our group and seeing how many lives your dad touched. to some he might have looked like a guy laughing at his phone or monitor, but to us he was the reason we looked forward to laughing at our phones and monitors. he was our friend.
 

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abby I miss my dear friend and mentor . he always had everyones back always asking if I was ok when things got rough up here in my world. I am a better person for knowing your father . he and the long time brothers here morn with you . this is a very sad time for us also he was one great guy. -- duckman
 
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I have been trying to find that apprentice for years, it's hard to find someone that has an interest in wood working since they discontinued all the shop classes in schools. When I was a kid if I would have found an old fart like myself with the shop full of tools that I have now I would be mowing that guys grass for free and washing his car just for the chance to get into his shop.
And the 'Wax on, Wax off' would be on the cast iron surfaces. Can you see Greg balancing on one foot on top of the drill press?
 

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I can't add anything to what has already been beautifully said, other than to comment that the eloquence and depth of memoirs and condolences from a bunch of otherwise crusty woodworkers (no offense intended fellow crusty woodworkers) is a great testimony it is to your dad's reach and impact.

In the days ahead, know you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers.
 

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I am so deeply sorry for your families loss! I know without a doubt he is already missed here. May he rest easy, I will miss his jokes and poking fun at everyone on here including himself!
 

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Abby,
Welcome to Wood Barter.
I am sorry for your loss, but reading these posts, by people in all parts of this planet should show you why we all call this home.
Your father was very insightful, he has a way of reaching each of us where we are and always being true to himself . talent ,wisdom and humor were some of the tools he used on this sight. I agree with Woodtickgreg, I am sure your Father will be pleased that those who love him so deeply are carrying on one of his passions with the tools he used.
Thanks for joining us and sharing
Dave
 

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I am so touched by each of your messages! I am sad to say I don't know what is going to happen to woodbarter.com.... I truly wish my family and I could take this site over...but right now, it's hard and confusing times for us. We do not have any rights to it and I am just not sure what I could legally do. I do hope this site continues on as he would have wanted!! From what I have heard, there has been an offer and his wife is going to take it.... Idk what that is going to mean for the site but I am hoping whoever buys it will continue on just as he would have wanted it! I will continue to be a member! I would love to stay in contact with you all!

Thank you all again for your kind words! I have had bad days and good days so far, mostly good..but my dad would want me to continue living life with happiness joy and love.
-Abby
 
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Abby,

It still shocks me to realize he's not on this plane with us anymore. Just Sunday, I had a thought I was going to run by him, for the Kehoe jig. (I've been doing stuff with/for him on it for a couple of years and I had a thought Sunday. I grabbed my phone and pulled up his number, and it hit me, he won't answer. He was always open to hearing some wild ass, harebrained idea, no matter how obscure it was.

I'll miss chatting with him, and my thought are with all of you guys even though we may never have met in person.
Oh thank you so much for your kind words! I too texted him, just in hopes of a reply (although the I knew I would not get a actual text back) it just felt normal! We had started texting a lot. I was so happy when he finally got an iPhone and we could talk much more since it was easier for him to use. Anyway, I truly enjoy talking to each of you. I would love to get to know everyone of you. -Abby
 

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Abby, I am so hppy that you are participating here on the forum with us! It tickles me now when I see a new post from you. anyone can learn this craft, we all started somewhere. The members here will all help and guide the beginner. You or your husband or other family members should pick up Kevin tools and have some fun with them and start creating. Your dad would love to see that, he would love to have his family use his tools. I can think of no better way to honor a craftsman that has passed than to use and cherish his tools as he did. we here will help. I often think, who will use my tools, what will happen to them?
Wishing you happy days, fond memories, and making new ones.
Greg
Omg I am in tears right now! My brother, my husband, and I want nothing more than to go to his house and start working. We gave him so many ideas for what kind of wood work our generation would love... But unfortunately, my dad never got around to a will, and his wife is not going to be able to keep the business going, she is selling it! I am so emotional right now and I don't want to say too much on here. But I am not happy with how things are going at this point...it doesn't look good for us. However, I know my dad is still here, I feel him. And I believe he is going to make it happen somehow. I hope. -Abby
 
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