Tags

Share this story

A Visit to a Blind Woodworker’s Workshop

John Furniss shares how he came to be a woodworker despite being sight-impaired.

Transcript

Guideposts Video: Inspiring True Stories

 

Hi Guideposts. My name is John Furniss, also known as The Blind Woodsman. I am a 100% blind woodworker and I live in southwest Washington state.

I was not born blind, I became blind at 16. I had been dealing with a lot of depression and anxiety and I had attempted suicide. Though it took my sight and sense of smell, it left my mind and the rest of me completely intact. I adapted so quickly and so well, I really think I’m supposed to be blind.

I learned woodworking when I was about 24 at a school for the blind, and I thought they were kind of crazy but I’m glad they had that woodshop, because I found the thing I do in life better than anything else. I absolutely love woodworking.

I was having a hard time getting a job and I had heard about a piano school for the blind, up here in southwestern Washington state. And so I decided to give it a try, because working on pianos is mainly fine-tuned woodwork and that is where I met my wonderful wife.

She was a volunteer, painting a piano for a fundraiser, and it just so happened to be in the same room that I was working on a different piano. So we got to know each other and we went on a date to my garden and picked peas in my pea patch and got married, sat right there in the garden three years later.

Share this story

Community Newsletter

Get More Inspiration Delivered to Your Inbox

Check out our collection of Guideposts videos and find exclusive celebrity interviews, inspirational stories of hope, and practical life advice.

Randall Liberty, who experienced PTSD following his military service in Iraq, offers tips for recognizing the disorder in friends and loved ones and advice on how to help them find healing.

Previous
Next
Donate to change a life together
Scroll to Top