Disabled Army veteran helping others through woodworking

  • Posted January 5, 2022
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Washington Post


State: Virginia

Zip: 22401


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — An Army colonel who found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through an old woodworking craft hopes the same thing that helped him might help others.

Roger Lintz says his eventual freedom from PTSD came through working with his hands as a timber framer.

“For me, there’s something peaceful about using a chisel on a piece of wood,” Lintz said, who was medically discharged from the Army in 2014 after 31 years of service. “It takes time, patience, and when you’re done, you’ve got something really beautiful that will outlast you and many generations after you.”

After 2½ years of timber framing on his own, Lintz recently opened Old School Timber Framing of Virginia at his Stafford County home, where he holds free Saturday workshops to teach the trade to others. He’s already attracted disabled veterans, first responders, law enforcement officers and others seeking something new. (Continue reading here…)

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