“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” ― Kahlil Gibran
In the fourth article in this series, Group Delphi continues to profile some of the many ways our team members serve the community through the gift of their time.
Tadd Chrisman, Lead fabricator – Wood, Midwest
Volunteer Work: Building & Donating Model Fire Trucks
For the past 10 years, he has been making lovingly crafted models of vintage fire trucks and donating them to various organizations and charities.
Using commercial plans as his point of departure, Tadd adds his own modifications, then spends about 80 hours fabricating and assembling the hundreds of parts that make each truck. He describes 80 hours as “one week,” so one has to imagine that once a project is started, the workdays in his home shop are very long, indeed.
Tadd became interested in this volunteer work through his father-in-law, who was a fireman, and now serves on the board of a statewide firefighter’s association. At this group’s annual convention, Tadd’s models are raffled or auctioned off, with the proceeds going to support the Hoosier Burn Camp, a nonprofit organization serving young burn victims.
Donations of Tadd’s models have also assisted other non-profits, among them a Southern California Scout troop involved in building a trail from San Diego to Oregon, and a volunteer fire department serving a community just outside Fort Wayne.
The two trucks shown in the accompanying photos were made out of walnut and maple; the smaller of the two is based on a Seagrave Fire Truck built in 1933 by America’s longest-running manufacturer of fire vehicles.
The models reflect the high level of Tadd’s craftsmanship: elegant, meticulous, with a fine eye for detail and a keen sense of shape and flow. The original trucks once rushed to put out fires; their models are now being used to improve the lives of individuals and their communities.
If you would like to learn more about the work of the Hoosier Burn Camp, visit their website at www.hoosierburncamp.org.