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This e-mail reflects an idea Bill Kinney at Paragon came up with and the collaboration and good wishes of all at Paragon: Bill, Laura, Denise and myself.

We thought it was important to reach out to our industry as a whole on an issue that relates to all of us.

As artists, the relationship between our brain and hands is essential for most of us to create our work. Recently, Archie Smith, a fine woodworker from North Carolina (see photo below) severed three of his fingers and damaged a fourth. Those of you that know Archie realize he one of the kindest and gentlest souls of any artist on the circuit, filled with naught but kindness and love for others.

What happened to Archie can and unfortunately will happen to others - bad things do happen to good people. We are reaching out to all of you as a 'family' to help support Archie either financially or emotionally. If everyone that reads this e-mail can find it to send even $1 to Archie, that gift will make a huge difference in helping he and his wife through the next few months, undoubtedly extraordinarily difficult times. If you cannot send anything financial, please send your wishes for a speedy recovery, either through an e-mail or card (contact information below). Let him know he is in your thoughts.

As an artist community, if we stand behind one another, we can all get through this together. You don't have to personally know Archie to help him - it is simply a mindset to help another. Let’s show our good side and help each other. Makes the path we travel as artists far more fulfilling.

Archie Smith
6590 Hwy. 73 E
Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124
info@archiesmithinstruments.com

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Is there a way to set this up on paypal, similar to the ones for the Bachmans after their fire?

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Thank you, each and everyone, who is responding - and caring.

I have been told that you can go into PayPal, hit "Send Money", enter Archie's e-mail address, and he will receive notice of it being sent.  That should work.

UPDATE as of 9.7.2012

Archie has graciously provided us with his wife's e-mail address to use through PayPal also - both e-mails will work:

arcsmith@ctc.net

And everyone .... know that this is touching Archie in a way nothing else ever could .... each of you sending something: good wishes, prayers, money ..... all is making a difference in his life.  Please do keep it up.

Thanks for that adding this information, Ron.

I just went to PayPal and did that. It was really easy to do send a gift to Archie.

Archie is a lovely person and this is a very stark reality check of how tentative our hold on keeping everything under control is. 

If anyone hasn't seen Archie's blog post on this site, read it here: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/it-finally-happened

Thank you for those kindnesses, Connie.  Archie is just as you say - a lovely person.  

Jim Delutes, Colorado Artist Tour, set up the Paypal account t for the Bachman's. Check with him for how it was done.

Thank you Richard. 

Although he is not a wildlife artist, I will try to distribute this information to the artists at the Currituck Wildlife Festival, in Barco, NC this weekend.  They have a lot of carvers in the show and some may know Archie. 

Thank you David for taking Archie's information and situation to others that may be able to help.  Very much apprecited.

Can someone be specific about which email address to use for Archie on Paypal. Is it the " info" one above or something else?

Richard:  It is the "info@archiesmithinstruments.com"

Check out Archie's blog update.  It lists another email: arcsmith@ctc.net   Nice to see this forum being used to support other artists in need.

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