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    This message is being sent to inform you about the unexpected death of
    Patrick Spielman. This is a sad day for everyone in the scroll saw
    community. Pat is responsible for the resurgence in interest in scroll
    sawing that began in the early 80's, and has long been a mentor and good
    friend to a great many of us in the industry. His books have taught many
    people how to use the scroll saw, and have provided us with countless
    scroll saw patterns and projects to test our skills. He will be sadly
    Mr. Spielman started the 'Home Workshop' what is now 'Scroll Saw Workshop'
    For more information contact:
    The Art Factory
    PO Box 701
    Platteville WI 53818
    SD Mike

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    Re: Mr Patrick Spielman

    :-/ :-[


    • #3
      Re: Mr Patrick Spielman

      Patrick E. 'Mr. Pat' Spielman died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 27 at his home in Fish Creek as the result of an apparent heart attack. He was born March 17, 1936, in Spring Lake Township, Minn. to Andrew M. and Della Jean (Ince) Spielman. Patrick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1958 with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Arts. He was married to Patricia 'Mrs. Pat' Rogers June 7, 1958. He spent 27 years as a high school woodworking instructor, 23 of them at Gibraltar High School. Through use of hands-on techniques he inspired his students to create innovative and practical projects. Motivating his students to apply themselves and develop their talents was his passion, and he leaves behind hundreds of dedicated students as part of his legacy. Patrick was a world-renowned author of over 65 woodworking books with special editions published in several languages. He began working on his first book at the age of 24, and continued authoring books, including two current projects, over the span of his 46 year career. In addition to his success as an entrepreneur, he was a sought after process and design consultant to woodworking equipment manufacturers, and a respected spokesperson for innovative and quality industry products. His entrepreneurial ventures were a result of his innovative spirit and creative mind. Patrick, along with wife Patricia, began a business out of his workshop in 1974 with his own hand-crafted products, turnings, signs and cedar lawn furniture. The business grew to include consignment and manufactured products and moved to its current location in downtown Fish Creek in 1982. In March of 2003, Patrick was honored with the James Huff Stout Award. The honor is given to a distinguished alumnus for their work in enhancing the prestige of UW-Stout and enriching the lives of those touched by their work.

      Pat is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; son, Robert (Bonnie), Baileys
      Harbor; daughter, Sherri (Luke) Valitchka, De Pere; daughter, Sandra
      (Bernie) Friedenfels, Jacksonport; two grandchildren, Zoe Samantha-Ann
      Valitchka; Sophia Marie Friedenfels, and a third grandchild expected in
      November; and sister, Winnifred (Andrew) Schoenbauer.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Donald and Robert; and
      step-father Nick Wolf.

      Friends may call Monday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Fish Creek with Pastor Michael Brecke officiating. Burial services will follow at Blossomburg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek. Please join the family for a celebration luncheon at the Parkway Supper Club in Fish Creek at approximately 11:30 a.m.

      In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of
      Patrick Spielman. Donations may be mailed to: Patrick Spielman Memorial Fund, c/o Baylake Bank, Attn: Judy Smith, P.O. Box 46, Fish Creek, WI 54212.

      SD Mike


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        Re: Mr Patrick Spielman

        We at Fox Chapel Publishing send our deepest condolences to Patrick's wife, friends and family.

        Bob Duncan
        Fox Chapel Publishing


        • #5
          Re: Mr Patrick Spielman

          I also offer my condolences to the Speilman family. Patricks great work and patterns and books will live on and help others for countless years ahead.


          • #6
            This guy did some very good books.That's how I started buying one of his books and now I collect them.This was sad to see he passed away after doing a Google search on him and to see what books he wrote.
            Learning the art of scroll saw.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Forester View Post
              This guy did some very good books.That's how I started buying one of his books and now I collect them.This was sad to see he passed away after doing a Google search on him and to see what books he wrote.
              Forester not sure you are aware you posted into a old thread. He passed almost 8 years ago.
              Creator of fine designer sawdust.


              • #8
                Yes I realised he died 8 years ago now.I was doing Google search and this popped up.I am collecting books by him and was looking for more titles via Google.
                Learning the art of scroll saw.


                • #9
                  Good stuff Forester. When I 1st got started into this hobby it was many of Patricks books and patterns that got me hooked on it. I actually met him one afternoon while we were up in Door County where he was living. We sat and talked for a good hour and for me it was a huge honor. I hope you have good luck in finding the publications you want. I do own most of his books and learned a lot from them. Too bad we had to lose him.


                  • #10
                    I'm glad you revived this thread Forester. My first "real" pattern I did was one of Patricks patterns. I have several of his books and have cut many of his designs and enjoyed them all. As I wasn't on this forum back in 2004 I didn't realise that Patrick had passed away. The scrollsaw community lost a great friend and mentor that day.
                    I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. Winston Churchill


                    • #11
                      Some of my first work was also inspired by a Patrick Spielman book I found in the library.
                      Maybe we can compile a comprehensive list here from people posting which ones they have. I will check my inventory when I get home.
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                      And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association


                      • #12
                        I have a couple. I think they are "Scrollsaw Fretwork Patterns" co-authored with Jim Reidle and "The Scrollsaw Pattern Book".
                        Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."


                        • #13
                          I think that I have about every book.
                          Patrick also published a magazine, called Home Workshop. I still have all the issues.
                          I met him a few times and we became great friends.
                          We losed a great scroll saw teacher.
                          FD Mike
                          SD Mike


                          • #14
                            Same here Journeyman I was not on here then.I am new to scroll saw and really enjoying it. and Patrick's books started me and I collect his books now.I am trying to make a living at it since April due to no work around the Forest of Dean.And I was fed up of one day here and one day there and the last bloke I worked for did not pay me so I thought I would give this a go.I have been in the woodworking industry for 40 years.I now can work from home without the stress and start and finish when I please.
                            Learning the art of scroll saw.


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