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What is Rob Cosman's Purple Heart Project?

Rob Cosman's Purple Heart Project Mission: Introduce physically or mentally combat Wounded Warriors, still suffering from the negative effects of combat, to the peace and joy that can be found through the therapy of traditional hand tool woodworking.

How We Accomplish the Purple Heart Project’s Mission

We accomplish our mission in two ways: 1) We provide a free lifetime membership to Rob Cosman’s Online Workshop to any Wounded Warrior suffering from the negative effects of combat, and 2) by annually providing 36 physically or mentally combat Wounded Warriors with an all-expenses paid Purple Heart Project scholarship to attend one of Rob Cosman’s Training the Hand Workshops.

A. Free lifetime Membership to Rob Cosman’s Online Workshop. We produce an online workshop where I broadcast half-hour woodworking training episodes (click HERE to see this online workshop). It is a members-only website, but combat Wounded Warriors get a free lifetime membership.  Our goal is to reach Veterans who cannot come in person to our Training the Hand Workshop and thereby introduce them to the joy and peace that can be found through the therapy of woodworking. Wounded Warriors click HERE to sign up for your free lifetime membership.

B. Scholarships to Rob Cosman’s Training the Hand Workshop. We hold six “Training the Hand Workshops” a year; one a month from May through October. Each workshop is 6 days long and is held in Grand Bay, New Brunswick, Canada. Click HERE to find out more details about our Training the Hand Workshops. There are 12 student positions available per workshop. Six slots in each workshop are reserved for combat Wounded Warriors selected to receive one of Rob's Purple Heart Project scholarships and six slots are reserved for paying students.  Physically or mentally combat Wounded Warriors selected for a scholarship are fully funded for all transportation, lodging, meals, tuition, and receive a premium hand tool starter kit ($2000 value) to take home with them. Physically or mentally combat Wounded Warriors can apply for a Purple Heart Project Scholarship by filling out an application form HERE.  To listen to what former Purple Heart Project scholarship recipients have to say about the program click HERE.

Who Are We?

I am a hand tool woodworking instructor, tool designer and maker, and furniture maker. I have been involved in woodworking in some capacity since I was about 5 years old. I was professionally trained by Dale Nish at BYU’s industrial arts program. In the summer of 1987 I was the resident woodworking program assistant at the Aspen Institute and worked with many of the great woodworking craftsman of the day (Alan Peters, Sam Maloof, Tage Frid and others).

After building custom furniture for many years I became a sales representative for a premier hand tool company. It was then that I realized that the folks I was selling hand tools to didn't know how to sharpen, use, or maintain them so I started holding hand tool instruction seminars. Soon the demand for my teaching seminars outpaced my hand tool sales and I launched Rob Cosman Woodworking, Inc. Today RC Woodworking Hand Tools, Inc. is a small family-owned business, located in Grand Bay, New Brunswick, Canada.

We currently have 7 full and part time employees, most of whom are family. We are dedicated to helping folks everywhere find joy and peace through the craftsmanship of woodworking. We do this by designing, manufacturing, and selling our own brand of woodworking hand tools; teaching both hand tool and power tool woodworking through our classes, videos, and our online workshop; and encouraging everyone to seek excellence in their woodworking craftsmanship.

Why Do We Do This?

In 2015 I was contacted by a combat Wounded Warrior; a former U.S. Marine who was suffering from the the effects of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that blew up the vehicle he was in.  He told me how traditional handtool woodworking was a type of therapy helping him cope with his struggles from combat.  That encounter sent me on a mission to introduce the  joy and  peace found through the therapy of handtool woodworking to the brave men and women suffering from the mental and physical wounds of combat through what is now my Purple Heart Project.   

How You Can Help Us.

There are three ways you can help us in our mission to serve combat Wounded Warriors:

1) Help us find combat Wounded Warriors who could benefit from the Purple Heart Project and get them to apply for a PHP scholarship (click HERE to go to the application page).

2)  If you can, help us fund this program by giving us a donation (click HERE to go to our donation page).  100% of your donation goes to serve combat Wounded Warriors.

3) Sign-up for a Training the Hand Workshop, a portion of your tuition helps us defray the cost of the PHP scholarships (click HERE to go to the Training the Hand workshop page).