by Dick Corbet

John Rogers 1Why is it that we often discover interesting qualities of long-time friends – in the obits and “remembrances” at funerals? In my pastoral care visits at Grace, I have been fortunate to find hidden qualities of the homebound on the visits – and before it was “too late.” Such is the case on a recent visit to long time-friend and Grace member, John Rogers.

John has been a member of Grace for 70 years. I’ve known him for several decades, but was “blown away” when I took some altar flowers to him this summer. Stuck in a corner of the living room, and other places around his home, were several hand- and machine-carved busts of Native Americans, cowboys and other assorted wood carvings. They are beautiful, and I asked John about them and if I could return to photograph them – and him for this article. John was a little sheepish about it, but fortunately agreed.

John explained he had an interest in woodworking from early childhood. It has developed over the years. He explains that he is really a “woodworker” and the carvings are somewhat of a by-product. John is also a certified 3rd Level Extra Class Ham Radio Licensee – the highest level awarded. His “handle” is W0WC. It was one of his Ham buddies that interested him in the carvings after they attended a show together. And the rest is history….

We don’t know how many carvings he has, but has never sold any – even though I begged to buy one of special interest. He has given them to family and close friends.

I am pleased that my curiosity helped find this particular hidden talent in our Grace family. I’m sure there are many more out there. Thanks John, for sharing your talents with us.

Tagged with:

One Response to Discovering hidden talents: A visit with John Rogers

  1. Peggy Rogers says:

    John, your sister compliments you. I have printed a copy to save.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *