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The Blind Woodsman

One Man's Journey to Find His Purpose on the Other Side of Darkness
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The Blind Woodsman is an inspiring and motivational autobiography about a man who finds true joy after struggling with depression, drug addiction, anxiety, financial despair and a failed suicide attempt at the age of 16. John Furniss, more famously known today as "The Blind Woodsman," along with his wife, inspiration and fellow artist Anni share their amazing story with the mission to help others. Despite being blind, John is now a highly skilled woodworker creating incredible pieces of art in complete darkness. Chapter one starts with how John and Anni met preceded by John sharing his experiences as a young teen and challenges along the way. Be inspired by the amazing images of John's work and many inspirational messages that will make you laugh and smile along the way. A story that will give hope and inspiration to those dealing with depression, addiction and the many anxiety driven stresses in our lives. The Blind Woodsman is available in Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook and contracted braille.


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Pages 224
Publish Date 2024-03-19
Size 6.0" x 9.0" x 0.0"
Author John and Anni Furniss


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The Columbian
A testament to the healing power of making art.
Tom Silva, This Old House
A beautiful story about perseverance, triumph over trauma, and finding love and common purpose through creativity. John's resilience and journey into woodworking is truly inspiring. I believe there's nothing more gratifying than working with your hands.
Molly & Dylan Strachan, Woodbrew
A triumph of overwhelming adversity through love and craft. John Furniss's story shines a light on resilience, demonstrating the remarkable power of passion amidst adversity.
--Professor Jay Kinsinger, Owner of Sojourn Cyclery: Purveyor of wooden bicycle frames and workshops
In The Blind Woodsman, John and Anni seamlessly weave their love story with the artistry of woodworking and battling the personal demons of mental health--a powerful and inspiring read.
Publishers Weekly
Portia Booker, TV Host, The Grief Grantor
John and Anni Furniss invite us into their world, illuminating how even in the darkest moments, there can be an abundance of light. Their journey inspires us to look beyond our circumstances, embrace gratitude, and discover the courage to fully embrace life, even in the face of challenges.
Kim Schneiderman, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI SW Washington
John's story is one we all need to hear. It allows us to truly understand why kids may want to harm themselves, some of the reasons for addiction, and the wonder of recovery. You will be glad that you took the time to meet John and Anni.
Such a wonderful book about resilience and the power of arts and crafts. John has such a wonderful story and an exceptional outlook on life. Truly an inspiration and a great read!
Ralph Bagnall, Host of Woodcademy TV and frequent contributor to magazines such as Popular Woodworking and Woodworker's Journal
The ability to make beautiful and useful things from wood that will last for generations is fulfilling in ways people who do not work with their hands will never know. It has been a part of my entire adult life, so John Furniss' story of the triumph of friendship and vocation over self-destruction and disability resonates with me and will with anyone who struggles in their life. Which is to say all of us.
Jimmy Diresta "Maker" YouTube, Netflix
The Blind Woodsman shows us the true 'Maker' spirit: that the desire to create is always stronger than all the hurdles that life may throw at you. John's story is an inspiration and a testament to the power of the creative act to heal us and carry us through the darkest of times.

One Man’s Journey to Find His Purpose on the Other Side of Darkness

A moving memoir from a renowned woodworker who shares his path to happiness despite real life struggles with drug addiction, anxiety, depression, financial despair, and permanent blindness from a failed suicide attempt at the age of 16.

Excerpt from Chapter 4: Rebirth

I like to call the first year and a half in Washington my "college years." At this point, I was still using substances to cope, but meth was off the table for good. It had almost killed me, and I wasn't going to let it get in the way of the life I envisioned for myself.

John and Anni's Biography

John and Anni Furniss are a married artist couple living in Southwest Washington with their dog, Pickle.

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