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My dear friend Charles Neil passed away yesterday after 8 months of battling septic. Charles was a master furniture maker, finishing expert and great teacher on both subjects both online through numerous videos and in-person classes. In spite of his great talent and expertise, he would always stop and answer email and phone call questions no matter what he was doing. I feel honored to have known him as a very special friend and mentor and to have been able to know him, he was a one of a kind giving human being, him and his masterful work will be missed by many.

Thank you Charles for all of your kindness, friendship and sharing of information and know-how (RIP)

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker


A great guy and a friend

-- Wood is good

Sad news indeed :( Thank you Charles for your friendship and wisdom.

-- Martin Sojka, https://craftisian.com

Jeff Fleisher has started a Go Fund Me for Charles Family to help pay the large Hospital bills that Charles had due to his extended stay in the hospital. I’m asking anyone Charles has helped to please donate to Charles Gofundme.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Sad news, indeed. The world needs more like him. He was generous to a fault with his time and commentary. I will add my support to this.

They are also having an Estate sale this weekend Saturday the 28th & Sunday 29th of December at Charles shop so if you live close enough, please stop and buy something to help Charles family,Charles had some great tools and equipment plus some amazing figured wood.

2829 North Valley Pike, Rockingham, Va.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker


Thanks for the address… this is about 3 hours from my house, and takes me past Hal Taylor’s mountainside shop. Can you confirm a telephone number for me… Rockingham is a county in Va., not a town (Harrisonburg is the ‘largest’ town in the area, and the address appears to be a commercial site – most probably Charles’ shop.

Got it!

I’ll drive-down early Saturday… I need the quiet drive-time, anyway; with some luck, I’ll catch-up with Hal.