BELOIT – An anonymous thank you has been bestowed upon the Solomon Valley Home Center in Beloit for partnering with Rob Cosman’s Purple Heart Project (PHP) to support a native Kansan Wounded Warrior.
The Home Center graciously donated the materials so that a PHP “Bench
Brigade’ volunteer (another Kansan) could build a woodworking bench for a genuine Kansas hero. Names would be used but neither humble individuals want that.
Internationally known Canadian woodworking teacher Rob Cosman founded the Purple Heart Project in 2016 to introduce coalition partner Wounded Warriors suffering from the negative effects of combat, particularly PTSD, to the peace and joy that can be found through the therapy of hand tool woodworking. Rob brings 42 combat wounded vets annually, all expenses paid, to his Grand Bay, New Brunswick Canada school for a six day, hand tool woodworking ‘boot camp’ called the ‘Training the Hand Workshop’. The vets learn to use/ sharpen the tools, dimension rough lumber and cut precision joinery (i.e. dovetail and mortis/tenon joints).
Each PHP ‘scholarship’ recipient receives $3,300 of high quality tools to keep. Hand tool woodworking requires a workbench so after the workshop, 85 PHP ‘Bench Brigade’ volunteers in the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia build and deliver free Cosman Workbenches to the vets so they can perfect their skills and find their peace at home.
The biggest challenge for the PHP is finding the vets.
“These are ‘reluctant heroes’ that, to a person, say “there’s somebody more deserving than me”.
If you know someone that would benefit from the PHP or you would like to donate, please go RobCosman.com for more information or call Rob at 877-967- 5966.