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How I got started in the wood / sawmill / guitar hobbie

This has nothing to do with music . About 12 years ago I found a Amish sawmill close to my place. It was ran by Ed Gingerich. I was fascinated by watching them saw the logs and making boards. That got me started and I eventually acquired a band mill and a Australian Lucas Mill. I was not aware of Ed's mental issues and was asked one day if I would transport him and his wife Katty along with a brother and his wife to a Doctor in Central PA . Later found this Doctor was a Amish herb salesman and he sold Ed and his family about $300.00 of herbs. Got home at about 2:30 A.M. in snow storm. One day later while going to my restaurant for coffe. I saw the headlines in the paper that Ed had killed his wife while his children watched. He was convicted of manslaughter but insane. He has served his time and is now trying to make a living making rustic coffee tables. I have supplied the slabs to get him started as per attached pic. His community has shunned him and he is having a tough time trying to make a living. If you would like to learn more about him and his story, you may want to google Ed Gingerich or Crimson Stain which is the book that was written about him.

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Interesting story Sid, thanks. Good for you to remain his friend and support him. Here's the pic of the table



I look at that and see guitar bodies and necks.

It's easy to insert the pic right in the post - click the little camera icon in the bar at the top of the text window and upload as usual.
Holy Cow,
He cut her open from stem-to-stern, took all her organs out and stacked them next to her body, stuck his knife in the stack, then removed her brain and spread it on the kitchen floor....IN FRONT OF HIS KIDS???

Four years is all you get for that? Sick or not.... You can get 20 years for selling pot! Our legal system is whacked.

I read the police transcripts and some interviews with people that know/knew him. I really hope Ed stays on his meds, tho statistics say he wont. Such a sad thing all around.

Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but when I stumbled across it I got caught up in reading everything about the case.....creepy...
He is watched by local authorities, making sure he gets his once every two weeks shot. He was just here this week end with a diesel engine he was trying to sell. You may want to get a copy of Crimson Stain. Also I have hand written letters he wrote as well as his two brothers Atlee and Joe. If you want to send me an email @ sworkman@dishmail.net I would be happy to email them to you. Most of the reason he did not get proper treatment before this happened relates to his community and their beliefs.

Sid

Randy Webb said:
Holy Cow,
He cut her open from stem-to-stern, took all her organs out and stacked them next to her body, stuck his knife in the stack, then removed her brain and spread it on the kitchen floor....IN FRONT OF HIS KIDS???

Four years is all you get for that? Sick or not.... You can get 20 years for selling pot! Our legal system is whacked.

I read the police transcripts and some interviews with people that know/knew him. I really hope Ed stays on his meds, tho statistics say he wont. Such a sad thing all around.

Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but when I stumbled across it I got caught up in reading everything about the case.....creepy...
Id love to read them, sending you an email now...

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