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{"id":438444982310,"title":"PHP Scholarship Recipient Interviews","handle":"veteran-interviews","description":"\u003ch5\u003eDescription\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe mission of Rob Cosman's Purple Heart Project (PHP) is to help physically and mentally Wounded Warriors, suffering the negative effects of combat, to find peace and joy through the therapy provided by traditional hand tool woodworking. \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis page is a collection of short interviews and hand written reviews from Wounded Warriors  who have attended one of Rob's Training the Hand Workshops on a Purple heart Scholarship.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eOne of the ways the Purple Heart Project accomplishes its mission is by annually providing 24 all expenses paid scholarships to\u003cspan\u003e selected physically or mentally Wounded Warriors unable to afford to attend Rob's Training the Hand Workshop (Click \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/robcosman.myshopify.com\/products\/training-the-hand-workshop\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline; color: #0000ff;\"\u003eHERE\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eto find out more about Rob's Training the Hand Workshops).\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch1 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000; text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e To apply for a Purple Heart Project scholarship click\u003c\/span\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/robcosman.myshopify.com\/pages\/purple-heart-project-scholarship-application-form-a\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #0000ff;\"\u003eHERE\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eMore Information\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eRob conducts four, one-week, Training the Hand Woodworking courses each year; two in Fall and two in Spring. There are 12 student slots per course (48 per year)and 6 of these slots are reserved for scholarship Wounded Warriors (24 slots per year). Classes are held in Niagara Falls, Ontario (just outside Buffalo N.Y). Its all traditional hand tool skills, no machine.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWe accept applications from Veterans for these course scholarships, validate their honorable discharge status, and make scholarship selections based on need.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFor those selected, we cover all the expenses; airfare, hotel, meals, transportation and we send each Wounded Warrior home with about $2000 worth of tools. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDO NOT ADD TO CART!\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003eFor more information on Rob's Purple Heart Project and how to apply for a scholarship click\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eHERE\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eReviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"As a disabled veteran I had the opportunity to attend Rob Cosman’s Training the Hand workshop in November 2016.  I have been woodworking for over ten years but my hand tool skills were very basic.  Since taking this course I rarely turn on any of my big machinery and opt for the peacefulness and tranquility of the sound of my hand tools.  Working wood with well-tuned and sharpened tools creates a zone for me where my stress and anxiety cease to exist.   The sounds of the swoosh of a hand plane are replaced by the roar of machinery and allows me focus, and concentrate on the wood and the work.  It allows me to be at peace in my shop.  It frees me from all that is going on in the world and since the class, my woodworking has changed the way I tackle my day.  This was more than a course, it taught me to slow down, pay attention, and focus on what it important.  Building a piece of furniture is a process.  The process is therapeutic for me.  I recommend any and all veterans to take this course and take advantage of the training offered.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e                                             - Gregory Hairston, JAN 2017\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"My name is Jeremy Breece. I was medically retired from the US Army. I did three deployments in my career as an Infantryman\/Sniper. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 I stepped on an IED resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and TBI(traumatic brain injury). After many surgeries and rehab I retired in Texas. I enjoy woodworking because it helps with anxiety and its something I can do that doesn't matter if I have legs or not. In the class I attended 19-25 November we had six civilians and six wounded vets, the class quickly formed a bond. Rob, Luther and Jake are all very friendly and knowledgeable. They had a workbench set up specifically for the wheelchair users and everywhere we went was handicapped accessible. All the vets were given a very nice set of tools to continue woodworking at home. This was such a wonderful experience, every morning I woke excited to learn more. It is amazing how much you can learn in one week. I will definitely be attending more of Rob's workshops. If you are a wounded vet interested in hand tool woodworking I highly recommend this class.\" \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e       Staff Sergeant Jeremy Breece, NOV 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was fortunate enough to attend Robs class the week before Thanksgiving 2017. I say \"fortunate enough\" because I was one of the Wounded Warriors that was on full scholarship provided through The Purple Heart Project. On first look at the schedule, you think to yourself, \"Man, there's going to be a lot of free time\". However, with that thinking, you would be sorely disappointed. We were at the shop every morning about \u003cspan class=\"aBn\" data-term=\"goog_455723457\" tabindex=\"0\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"aQJ\"\u003e8-8:30\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e and left no earlier than 12 hrs later. After the first 6 hrs of the first day, I realized quickly that 5 days would be nowhere near enough time for me! I could've easily spent 30 days with Rob, Jake and Luther. Not only is Rob (and Jake\/Luther) a skilled crafstman, he has a servants heart and is committed to helping others. In my class, there were 4 other wounded warriors and I think I can speak for all 5 of us in saying that we were all hesitant to attend because of issues we might be facing, as well as not knowing what to expect. However, our other classmates were very accommodating, understanding and helpful. As for the class itself, it was absolutely fantastic. I remember my wife calling me on Monday night and asked what I made that day, to which my response was \"a fantastically sharp plane iron\" Yep, 12 hours of learning to sharpen. Like I said earlier, on first glance, you'd think \"how am I going to spend 12 hrs learning to freehand sharpen?\" and by the end of the week you think \"how did I only spend 12 hrs learning how to sharpen?\" I can't say enough about the class, methods, instruction, instructors and fellow classmates, but suffice to say the class was amazing and I wish it wouldn't have ended. Rob had us taking a pc of rough cut walnut (about 1 1\/8\" thick) and surfacing that 6 sides down to 3\/4\" in order to have a pc of stock to make a bench hook. Since most of my disabilities are not visibly physical, teh joy and peace found through hand planing that pc of walnut was like no other experience I had. Rob stopped by and asked why I had gone past 3\/4 and I told him that it was too therapeutic to stop. He then said to just keep going and stop when I wanted to. I think I wound up at somewhere around 1\/2\". I urge you to check out this workshop as well as the support of the Purple Heart Project. You will not be disappointed. Friendships made and education learned was my takeaway.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                          Kevin Smira, Nov 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"Rob's course is amazing. His team (Rob, Luther and Jake) is a joy to be around and sooo easy to learn from. The hours are long but they really fly by during the course. For me, wood working is something that allows my mind to focus on the task at hand and it helps keep things from the past from creeping in. I can't say enough about Rob's generosity and true dedication to his cause and the Vets. I believe that all the class participants got an equal amount out of the experience and everyone is in a better place after the experience. I am extremely thankful and blessed to have been able to attend this course and benefit from it in more ways than I can explain. Rob, Jake and Luther, thank you.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                            Mark Witkowski, Nov 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I got a ton out of this week long course. I had very little experience with hand tools, I'm talking I knew how to use a hammer and that's about it. After Rob's class I was able to confidently cut a precise dovetail that I'd match against some of the best craftsman out there. I used his tools throughout the course and that gave me the ability know that any imperfection was in my skills, not the tool. With that, when it came to an end I couldn't be any prouder of my final product.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                                    Tyler Carroll, Nov 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was fortunate enough to be invited to this workshop as a veteran \/ guest. The week spent together with fellow wounded and the paying guests was amazing. We took time to get to know each other throughout the week during breaks and meals. Finding a common bond with like minded folks was a much needed retreat from the challenges I face daily. Rob liked to compare my initial work speeds to a Kawasaki revving, and telling me I needed to be more like an idling Harley. I relaxed for the first time in a long time, forgetting about what plagues my mind, and finding solace in making parchment paper out of wood. As I relaxed, I stopped thinking of how quickly I could remove material and began to enjoy watching as the grain structures changed ever so slowly. By the end of the week, I discovered that not only am I capable of producing admirable work, but also that I could quickly clear my mind while doing this. Whether a prospective supporter or a fellow disabled veteran, I urge you to become involved. You may also discover what's been missing in your life.\"     \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                    Brian Wilhelm,  November 2017   \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\" Hand as one of the lucky Veterans. This class went far beyond wI attended The 20-24 NOV class of 2017 for the Purple Heart Project -Training thehat I expected to learn from a woodworking workshop. Rob, Luther and Jake with their infinite patience will always take the time to make sure you've grasped the concepts and give you in depth one on one assistance when needed. Rob is a great instructor and frankly, a great human being. What he and his team do for Vets is not only commendable, he gives Vets the skills they need to help them cope with all their struggles. You cant buy that at Walmart. There is simply no substitution for ANY class taught by Rob Cosman and Team. 10 out of 10\"                                Aaron Unger, November 2017        \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was lucky enough to be selected for Rob's Purple Heart Project I am not sure what the best part of the workshop was the fellowship with other veterans or the amazing class that Rob put on. It was an amazing 5 days I wish the class had been even longer the amount of information that we were taught was great ,Rob's team was there to help with any questions or any problems we encountered. I feel I learned a life time of wood working skills. I would recommend this class not only to injured veterans but any one that just needs a little stress relief in there life there is nothing more relaxing then a block of wood and a hand plane thanks again for this great opportunity.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                            David Benson, November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e","published_at":"2017-09-24T22:11:44-03:00","created_at":"2017-12-13T23:46:44-04:00","vendor":"RobCosman.com","type":"","tags":["informative_only"],"price":0,"price_min":0,"price_max":0,"available":false,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":5998469251110,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"","requires_shipping":false,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"PHP Scholarship Recipient Interviews","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":0,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Natalie_Houston.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/SSG_Jeremy_Breece.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Rex_Parkison.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Kevin_Smira.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Chris_Leverkuhn.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Brian_Wilhelm.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Andy_800x720.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Aaron_800x720.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/David_800x720.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Mark_800x720.png?v=1513565588","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Mike_800x720.png?v=1513565729","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Tyler_800x720.png?v=1513566149"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Natalie_Houston.png?v=1513565588","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003ch5\u003eDescription\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe mission of Rob Cosman's Purple Heart Project (PHP) is to help physically and mentally Wounded Warriors, suffering the negative effects of combat, to find peace and joy through the therapy provided by traditional hand tool woodworking. \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis page is a collection of short interviews and hand written reviews from Wounded Warriors  who have attended one of Rob's Training the Hand Workshops on a Purple heart Scholarship.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eOne of the ways the Purple Heart Project accomplishes its mission is by annually providing 24 all expenses paid scholarships to\u003cspan\u003e selected physically or mentally Wounded Warriors unable to afford to attend Rob's Training the Hand Workshop (Click \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/robcosman.myshopify.com\/products\/training-the-hand-workshop\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline; color: #0000ff;\"\u003eHERE\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eto find out more about Rob's Training the Hand Workshops).\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch1 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000; text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e To apply for a Purple Heart Project scholarship click\u003c\/span\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/robcosman.myshopify.com\/pages\/purple-heart-project-scholarship-application-form-a\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #0000ff;\"\u003eHERE\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eMore Information\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eRob conducts four, one-week, Training the Hand Woodworking courses each year; two in Fall and two in Spring. There are 12 student slots per course (48 per year)and 6 of these slots are reserved for scholarship Wounded Warriors (24 slots per year). Classes are held in Niagara Falls, Ontario (just outside Buffalo N.Y). Its all traditional hand tool skills, no machine.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWe accept applications from Veterans for these course scholarships, validate their honorable discharge status, and make scholarship selections based on need.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFor those selected, we cover all the expenses; airfare, hotel, meals, transportation and we send each Wounded Warrior home with about $2000 worth of tools. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDO NOT ADD TO CART!\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003eFor more information on Rob's Purple Heart Project and how to apply for a scholarship click\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eHERE\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eReviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"As a disabled veteran I had the opportunity to attend Rob Cosman’s Training the Hand workshop in November 2016.  I have been woodworking for over ten years but my hand tool skills were very basic.  Since taking this course I rarely turn on any of my big machinery and opt for the peacefulness and tranquility of the sound of my hand tools.  Working wood with well-tuned and sharpened tools creates a zone for me where my stress and anxiety cease to exist.   The sounds of the swoosh of a hand plane are replaced by the roar of machinery and allows me focus, and concentrate on the wood and the work.  It allows me to be at peace in my shop.  It frees me from all that is going on in the world and since the class, my woodworking has changed the way I tackle my day.  This was more than a course, it taught me to slow down, pay attention, and focus on what it important.  Building a piece of furniture is a process.  The process is therapeutic for me.  I recommend any and all veterans to take this course and take advantage of the training offered.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e                                             - Gregory Hairston, JAN 2017\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"My name is Jeremy Breece. I was medically retired from the US Army. I did three deployments in my career as an Infantryman\/Sniper. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 I stepped on an IED resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and TBI(traumatic brain injury). After many surgeries and rehab I retired in Texas. I enjoy woodworking because it helps with anxiety and its something I can do that doesn't matter if I have legs or not. In the class I attended 19-25 November we had six civilians and six wounded vets, the class quickly formed a bond. Rob, Luther and Jake are all very friendly and knowledgeable. They had a workbench set up specifically for the wheelchair users and everywhere we went was handicapped accessible. All the vets were given a very nice set of tools to continue woodworking at home. This was such a wonderful experience, every morning I woke excited to learn more. It is amazing how much you can learn in one week. I will definitely be attending more of Rob's workshops. If you are a wounded vet interested in hand tool woodworking I highly recommend this class.\" \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e       Staff Sergeant Jeremy Breece, NOV 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was fortunate enough to attend Robs class the week before Thanksgiving 2017. I say \"fortunate enough\" because I was one of the Wounded Warriors that was on full scholarship provided through The Purple Heart Project. On first look at the schedule, you think to yourself, \"Man, there's going to be a lot of free time\". However, with that thinking, you would be sorely disappointed. We were at the shop every morning about \u003cspan class=\"aBn\" data-term=\"goog_455723457\" tabindex=\"0\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"aQJ\"\u003e8-8:30\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e and left no earlier than 12 hrs later. After the first 6 hrs of the first day, I realized quickly that 5 days would be nowhere near enough time for me! I could've easily spent 30 days with Rob, Jake and Luther. Not only is Rob (and Jake\/Luther) a skilled crafstman, he has a servants heart and is committed to helping others. In my class, there were 4 other wounded warriors and I think I can speak for all 5 of us in saying that we were all hesitant to attend because of issues we might be facing, as well as not knowing what to expect. However, our other classmates were very accommodating, understanding and helpful. As for the class itself, it was absolutely fantastic. I remember my wife calling me on Monday night and asked what I made that day, to which my response was \"a fantastically sharp plane iron\" Yep, 12 hours of learning to sharpen. Like I said earlier, on first glance, you'd think \"how am I going to spend 12 hrs learning to freehand sharpen?\" and by the end of the week you think \"how did I only spend 12 hrs learning how to sharpen?\" I can't say enough about the class, methods, instruction, instructors and fellow classmates, but suffice to say the class was amazing and I wish it wouldn't have ended. Rob had us taking a pc of rough cut walnut (about 1 1\/8\" thick) and surfacing that 6 sides down to 3\/4\" in order to have a pc of stock to make a bench hook. Since most of my disabilities are not visibly physical, teh joy and peace found through hand planing that pc of walnut was like no other experience I had. Rob stopped by and asked why I had gone past 3\/4 and I told him that it was too therapeutic to stop. He then said to just keep going and stop when I wanted to. I think I wound up at somewhere around 1\/2\". I urge you to check out this workshop as well as the support of the Purple Heart Project. You will not be disappointed. Friendships made and education learned was my takeaway.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                          Kevin Smira, Nov 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"Rob's course is amazing. His team (Rob, Luther and Jake) is a joy to be around and sooo easy to learn from. The hours are long but they really fly by during the course. For me, wood working is something that allows my mind to focus on the task at hand and it helps keep things from the past from creeping in. I can't say enough about Rob's generosity and true dedication to his cause and the Vets. I believe that all the class participants got an equal amount out of the experience and everyone is in a better place after the experience. I am extremely thankful and blessed to have been able to attend this course and benefit from it in more ways than I can explain. Rob, Jake and Luther, thank you.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                            Mark Witkowski, Nov 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I got a ton out of this week long course. I had very little experience with hand tools, I'm talking I knew how to use a hammer and that's about it. After Rob's class I was able to confidently cut a precise dovetail that I'd match against some of the best craftsman out there. I used his tools throughout the course and that gave me the ability know that any imperfection was in my skills, not the tool. With that, when it came to an end I couldn't be any prouder of my final product.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                                    Tyler Carroll, Nov 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was fortunate enough to be invited to this workshop as a veteran \/ guest. The week spent together with fellow wounded and the paying guests was amazing. We took time to get to know each other throughout the week during breaks and meals. Finding a common bond with like minded folks was a much needed retreat from the challenges I face daily. Rob liked to compare my initial work speeds to a Kawasaki revving, and telling me I needed to be more like an idling Harley. I relaxed for the first time in a long time, forgetting about what plagues my mind, and finding solace in making parchment paper out of wood. As I relaxed, I stopped thinking of how quickly I could remove material and began to enjoy watching as the grain structures changed ever so slowly. By the end of the week, I discovered that not only am I capable of producing admirable work, but also that I could quickly clear my mind while doing this. Whether a prospective supporter or a fellow disabled veteran, I urge you to become involved. You may also discover what's been missing in your life.\"     \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                    Brian Wilhelm,  November 2017   \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\" Hand as one of the lucky Veterans. This class went far beyond wI attended The 20-24 NOV class of 2017 for the Purple Heart Project -Training thehat I expected to learn from a woodworking workshop. Rob, Luther and Jake with their infinite patience will always take the time to make sure you've grasped the concepts and give you in depth one on one assistance when needed. Rob is a great instructor and frankly, a great human being. What he and his team do for Vets is not only commendable, he gives Vets the skills they need to help them cope with all their struggles. You cant buy that at Walmart. There is simply no substitution for ANY class taught by Rob Cosman and Team. 10 out of 10\"                                Aaron Unger, November 2017        \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was lucky enough to be selected for Rob's Purple Heart Project I am not sure what the best part of the workshop was the fellowship with other veterans or the amazing class that Rob put on. It was an amazing 5 days I wish the class had been even longer the amount of information that we were taught was great ,Rob's team was there to help with any questions or any problems we encountered. I feel I learned a life time of wood working skills. I would recommend this class not only to injured veterans but any one that just needs a little stress relief in there life there is nothing more relaxing then a block of wood and a hand plane thanks again for this great opportunity.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                            David Benson, November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e"}

PHP Scholarship Recipient Interviews

Product Description

The mission of Rob Cosman's Purple Heart Project (PHP) is to help physically and mentally Wounded Warriors, suffering the negative effects of combat, to find peace and joy through the therapy provided by traditional hand tool woodworking.

This page is a collection of short interviews and hand written reviews from Wounded Warriors  who have attended one of Rob's Training the Hand Workshops on a Purple heart Scholarship.

One of the ways the Purple Heart Project accomplishes its mission is by annually providing 24 all expenses paid scholarships to selected physically or mentally Wounded Warriors unable to afford to attend Rob's Training the Hand Workshop (Click HERE to find out more about Rob's Training the Hand Workshops).

 To apply for a Purple Heart Project scholarship click HERE

Rob conducts four, one-week, Training the Hand Woodworking courses each year; two in Fall and two in Spring. There are 12 student slots per course (48 per year)and 6 of these slots are reserved for scholarship Wounded Warriors (24 slots per year). Classes are held in Niagara Falls, Ontario (just outside Buffalo N.Y). Its all traditional hand tool skills, no machine.

We accept applications from Veterans for these course scholarships, validate their honorable discharge status, and make scholarship selections based on need.

For those selected, we cover all the expenses; airfare, hotel, meals, transportation and we send each Wounded Warrior home with about $2000 worth of tools. 

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For more information on Rob's Purple Heart Project and how to apply for a scholarship click HERE 

"As a disabled veteran I had the opportunity to attend Rob Cosman’s Training the Hand workshop in November 2016.  I have been woodworking for over ten years but my hand tool skills were very basic.  Since taking this course I rarely turn on any of my big machinery and opt for the peacefulness and tranquility of the sound of my hand tools.  Working wood with well-tuned and sharpened tools creates a zone for me where my stress and anxiety cease to exist.   The sounds of the swoosh of a hand plane are replaced by the roar of machinery and allows me focus, and concentrate on the wood and the work.  It allows me to be at peace in my shop.  It frees me from all that is going on in the world and since the class, my woodworking has changed the way I tackle my day.  This was more than a course, it taught me to slow down, pay attention, and focus on what it important.  Building a piece of furniture is a process.  The process is therapeutic for me.  I recommend any and all veterans to take this course and take advantage of the training offered.

                                             - Gregory Hairston, JAN 2017

"My name is Jeremy Breece. I was medically retired from the US Army. I did three deployments in my career as an Infantryman/Sniper. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 I stepped on an IED resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and TBI(traumatic brain injury). After many surgeries and rehab I retired in Texas. I enjoy woodworking because it helps with anxiety and its something I can do that doesn't matter if I have legs or not. In the class I attended 19-25 November we had six civilians and six wounded vets, the class quickly formed a bond. Rob, Luther and Jake are all very friendly and knowledgeable. They had a workbench set up specifically for the wheelchair users and everywhere we went was handicapped accessible. All the vets were given a very nice set of tools to continue woodworking at home. This was such a wonderful experience, every morning I woke excited to learn more. It is amazing how much you can learn in one week. I will definitely be attending more of Rob's workshops. If you are a wounded vet interested in hand tool woodworking I highly recommend this class." 

       Staff Sergeant Jeremy Breece, NOV 2017

 

"I was fortunate enough to attend Robs class the week before Thanksgiving 2017. I say "fortunate enough" because I was one of the Wounded Warriors that was on full scholarship provided through The Purple Heart Project. On first look at the schedule, you think to yourself, "Man, there's going to be a lot of free time". However, with that thinking, you would be sorely disappointed. We were at the shop every morning about 8-8:30 and left no earlier than 12 hrs later. After the first 6 hrs of the first day, I realized quickly that 5 days would be nowhere near enough time for me! I could've easily spent 30 days with Rob, Jake and Luther. Not only is Rob (and Jake/Luther) a skilled crafstman, he has a servants heart and is committed to helping others. In my class, there were 4 other wounded warriors and I think I can speak for all 5 of us in saying that we were all hesitant to attend because of issues we might be facing, as well as not knowing what to expect. However, our other classmates were very accommodating, understanding and helpful. As for the class itself, it was absolutely fantastic. I remember my wife calling me on Monday night and asked what I made that day, to which my response was "a fantastically sharp plane iron" Yep, 12 hours of learning to sharpen. Like I said earlier, on first glance, you'd think "how am I going to spend 12 hrs learning to freehand sharpen?" and by the end of the week you think "how did I only spend 12 hrs learning how to sharpen?" I can't say enough about the class, methods, instruction, instructors and fellow classmates, but suffice to say the class was amazing and I wish it wouldn't have ended. Rob had us taking a pc of rough cut walnut (about 1 1/8" thick) and surfacing that 6 sides down to 3/4" in order to have a pc of stock to make a bench hook. Since most of my disabilities are not visibly physical, teh joy and peace found through hand planing that pc of walnut was like no other experience I had. Rob stopped by and asked why I had gone past 3/4 and I told him that it was too therapeutic to stop. He then said to just keep going and stop when I wanted to. I think I wound up at somewhere around 1/2". I urge you to check out this workshop as well as the support of the Purple Heart Project. You will not be disappointed. Friendships made and education learned was my takeaway."

                                          Kevin Smira, Nov 2017

 

"Rob's course is amazing. His team (Rob, Luther and Jake) is a joy to be around and sooo easy to learn from. The hours are long but they really fly by during the course. For me, wood working is something that allows my mind to focus on the task at hand and it helps keep things from the past from creeping in. I can't say enough about Rob's generosity and true dedication to his cause and the Vets. I believe that all the class participants got an equal amount out of the experience and everyone is in a better place after the experience. I am extremely thankful and blessed to have been able to attend this course and benefit from it in more ways than I can explain. Rob, Jake and Luther, thank you."

                                            Mark Witkowski, Nov 2017

 

"I got a ton out of this week long course. I had very little experience with hand tools, I'm talking I knew how to use a hammer and that's about it. After Rob's class I was able to confidently cut a precise dovetail that I'd match against some of the best craftsman out there. I used his tools throughout the course and that gave me the ability know that any imperfection was in my skills, not the tool. With that, when it came to an end I couldn't be any prouder of my final product."

                                                    Tyler Carroll, Nov 2017

"I was fortunate enough to be invited to this workshop as a veteran / guest. The week spent together with fellow wounded and the paying guests was amazing. We took time to get to know each other throughout the week during breaks and meals. Finding a common bond with like minded folks was a much needed retreat from the challenges I face daily. Rob liked to compare my initial work speeds to a Kawasaki revving, and telling me I needed to be more like an idling Harley. I relaxed for the first time in a long time, forgetting about what plagues my mind, and finding solace in making parchment paper out of wood. As I relaxed, I stopped thinking of how quickly I could remove material and began to enjoy watching as the grain structures changed ever so slowly. By the end of the week, I discovered that not only am I capable of producing admirable work, but also that I could quickly clear my mind while doing this. Whether a prospective supporter or a fellow disabled veteran, I urge you to become involved. You may also discover what's been missing in your life."     

                                    Brian Wilhelm,  November 2017   

" Hand as one of the lucky Veterans. This class went far beyond wI attended The 20-24 NOV class of 2017 for the Purple Heart Project -Training thehat I expected to learn from a woodworking workshop. Rob, Luther and Jake with their infinite patience will always take the time to make sure you've grasped the concepts and give you in depth one on one assistance when needed. Rob is a great instructor and frankly, a great human being. What he and his team do for Vets is not only commendable, he gives Vets the skills they need to help them cope with all their struggles. You cant buy that at Walmart. There is simply no substitution for ANY class taught by Rob Cosman and Team. 10 out of 10"                                Aaron Unger, November 2017        

 

"I was lucky enough to be selected for Rob's Purple Heart Project I am not sure what the best part of the workshop was the fellowship with other veterans or the amazing class that Rob put on. It was an amazing 5 days I wish the class had been even longer the amount of information that we were taught was great ,Rob's team was there to help with any questions or any problems we encountered. I feel I learned a life time of wood working skills. I would recommend this class not only to injured veterans but any one that just needs a little stress relief in there life there is nothing more relaxing then a block of wood and a hand plane thanks again for this great opportunity."

                                            David Benson, November 2017

 

 

 

Your satisfaction is important to us - we guarantee it.  Our mission is to share the joy and peace found through the craftsmanship of woodworking with the world.  We do this by designing and making fine hand tools, delivering quality instructions, and encouraging excellence.  Your satisfaction is critical to achieving this mission. We expect you to be completely happy with anything you purchase from us and to have a great experience on our website.

If you have questions or problems with your order or purchase then Jake or I are here to help. Call us. Email us. Text us.  We will solve any problems you have.  We guarantee it.

               -   Rob Cosman

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Need an answer to your question? It’s probably covered here. If not email us at Support@Robcosman.com or call us at (877) 967-5966.

1. Do you ship outside of Canada?  Yes.  We ship worldwide.

 

2. What are my shipping Options? We use and recommend Canada Post as our primary shipping service, however; if you would prefer a different shipper, contact us at (877) 967-5966, or by email Rob@Robcosman.comEssentially Canada Post offers three shipping options: Canadian Domestic shipping, United States International shipping, and Worldwide international shipping.  The options and rates available for your shipping address are automatically displayed for you to choose from at check out.

 

     Canada Domestic Shipping Options:     

          Priority: Next day     

          XpressPost: Up to 2 days     

          Expedited Parcel: Up to 7 days     

          Regular Parcel: Up to 9 days

     United States International Shipping Options:

          XpressPost USA:  2-3 days     

          Expedited Parcel USA: 4-7 days     

          Tracked Packet USA: 4-7 days     

          Small Packet USA: 5-8 days

     Worldwide (Other than US) Shipping Options:

          Priority Worldwide:  2-3 days

          XpressPost International: 4-7 days

          Tracked Packet International: 6-10 days

           Small Packet International: 6-10 days   

 

3. How much is shipping?  All shipping charges are calculated at check-out. These charges are calculated by Canada Post's system, so you're paying what we pay (We do not add any up-charges). 

 

4. How do I track my order?  When your order ships, you will receive a tracking code at the email address you provided. If you don’t see it, check your junk mail folder as it often gets routed there. Or, if you created an account with us, you can log in to check the status of your order and track it's progress.

 

5. When will I receive my package?   We are lightening fast when it comes to shipping! (Yes, we wear super hero shipping capes). Typically we'll have your order on the truck within 24 hours after purchasing. We are located in New Brunswick, Canada, so how long it takes to actually reach you will depend upon where you are in the world. Allow 2-5 business days in Canada, 4-7 business days in the US, 10-20 business days for most other countries (expedited shipping options are available). 

 

6. Attention International Customers: Your order may be subject to import duties, custom tariffs or VAT charges. These vary from country to country. Please check your country's customs policy prior to placing your order with us. You are responsible for these charges if assessed by your country. If your package is refused or undeliverable, the original shipping cost is non-refundable. A phone number is required for all orders.

 

7. How do I change or cancel my order?  If you wish to change or cancel your order please call us at (877) 967-5966 or email us at Support@Robcosman.com.  Please provide us your order number and the date of purchase. If your order has not been shipped, we’ll gladly give you a refund. If your order has already been shipped, you will need to return it to us for a refund or exchange.

 

8. What is your return policy?  We stand behind each and every one of our products, and therefore guarantee satisfaction.  If there is a defect in one of the products you received, just contact us to explain the problem, we will then pay for the return shipping and ship you out a replacement immediately. 

This is our owner and founder - Rob.  He is the shop master, our woodworking guru, the source of all woodworking knowledge, without him we are nothing! (He also signs our paychecks so we have to say that!).

 

This is Jake, son of Rob.  He is the CEO of the Rob Cosman Global Logistics Center and he also shoots all the videos. If your package did not arrive on time its Jake's fault, not ours!  If the Rob Cosman video you are watching shakes too much its Jake's fault, not ours!  Basically if its bad its Jake's fault, not ours!

 

This is Dave, friend of Rob.  Dave is head of shop production, the shop DJ, and the shop's union steward. He keeps production on union schedule, maintains the shop equipment, and always has tunes on his phone.  Just don't park your car behind his truck!

   

This is Frick, son-in-law of Rob. He is our techie.  He edits all the videos and pictures and is the administrator of the online workshop website.  We have to tolerate him because he makes the grandkids.

  

This is COL Luther - affectionately know as Luthie, friend of Rob.  He helps run Rob's Purple Heart Project and helps with the website.  He will do just about anything we ask as long as we feed him boiled peanuts and grits.