Duncan’s thoughts on Matisho

Duncan Birch sent this essay on his experience at Matisho this year. It says what many of us were thinking. Thanks Duncan.

The Matisho Memorial this year was a very scaled down version of what we are used to. There were only five lathes participating this year as opposed to around twenty that we usually have. We did have a good representation of carvers, which we very much appreciate. The money raised was less than usual but with the small number of participants this year, we were probably up some by comparison. The smaller show this year is a direct result of the work that Glen usually does and was unable to do this year. It takes a showing like this to really emphasize the vast amount of work that Glen has been doing every year since this memorial started. There is no way of calculating the number of hours and the number of miles and the number of phone calls that he made every year, on his own time, to make this event so successful. This success over the last fourteen years is a direct result of Glen’s commitment and dedication. I know everyone is wishing Glen and his family the very best. Situations like his, more than ever emphasize the need to continue to fund health research.

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