David's Control Knobs
David had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a electric wheelchair, he also was on a ventilator 24/7. In 1995 he wanted to try wood carving. He went to a Circle City Woodcarvers class. Unfortunately his hands were not strong enough to use the carving knife, but he did take up wood burning as a hobby. Because he had such a light touch, he was able to do very detailed and beautiful work. Some of which are shown below.
I carved a buzzard for him, and then decided to make it work on his wheelchair controls. He loved it and called it his "Chicken". I have now decided to carve items to be used on electric wheelchairs for others to enjoy. I found that I couldn't carve as many as I would need so I have found other unique items that have been hand carved by other wood carvers around the USA and other Countries to add to mine. I hope you will find one that you would like to have for your wheelchair.
I miss him everyday, Sue Thomas
David Glenn Collins, Jr. age 34, of Indianapolis, died Tuesday, July, 17, 2005 in his residence. He was born October 17th, 1970 in Ancon, Panama to David Glenn Collins, Sr. and Norma Jean Collins.
He was a 1989 graduate of Warren Central High School. The winner of the 1989 Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Academic Scholarship which he used to attend Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis where he studied mechanical engineering technology and earned a degree from Purdue University. He interned for four summers during college for then governor Evan Bayh at the Indiana Department of Transportation. He then became a website designer later in life. He also volunteered for a time at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.
David loved the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Hoosiers, #24, his computer, movies, sunny days, famous quotes, his country, causing trouble, the ladies and his family and friends - not necessarily in that order. His favorite quote was “I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” - Sir Winston Churchill. His heroes where his grandfathers, Richard Glenn Collins and Buford Rubin Whitlow, the two strongest men he ever knew.
David G. Collins JR.