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The "Goblet Project" Helps 96-Year-Old Man Stay in Touch with the World

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A token of appreciation can come in all shapes and sizes, but one man in Moorhead believes sometimes the smallest gesture can help bridge a relationship worlds apart. Valley News Team's Eric Crest introduces us to a man who is building these tiny, wooden, beautiful goblets and friendships all at the same time!

Eddie Gudmundson is quite active for a 96-year-old man. He's got his wood shop which is still up and running and the steady hands typically designated for someone a bit younger. But it's what Eddie does on his downtime that is really impressive.

"If I am watching TV and I get bored with commercials, I'll go down the basement and make a goblet," says Gudmundson.

It was in 1985 that retirement life began for Gudmundson. That's when the next adventure in his life took off. He coined it The Goblet Project. He takes a piece of wood and shaves it away until he has a chalice only about two inches tall and a half of an inch wide. Hollows it out and puts a ring around the stem just for a unique look.

"I saw an article that told how to make those. And it said, figure you'll break as many as you make when you first start out. I thought well I'll try that. It took me about two hours," explains Gudmundson. 

Today, he's capable of cranking out a goblet in 12 quick minutes. But they're not for sale, you can't find them online, Eddie gives them to folks that he hopes will enable his goblets to see the world.

"It's a little thing but you get friends there. If you give a goblet to somebody at church or something. They remember it," he says smiling.

To date, these goblets have been to 50 different countries and there are nearly 1,000 of them around the globe. On Gudmundson's Facebook page, "The Goblet Project" you can see many of those photos and hear the stories behind how the goblets ended up there in the first place. 
Everyone who receives one is encouraged to snap a photo with them somewhere exotic and even some celebrities have crossed Eddie's path along the way.

"Coach Mike Ditka got one in Cancun and Bohl of NDSU got one and sent a nice thank you on college stationary," says Gudmundson.
But what's even more gratifying than the celebrity of his handy work going global, are all of the relationships he's crafted as a result of these steady hands.

"A lot of them say you mean I can keep it," Gudnumdson says with a smile.

If you want to see the 50-plus countries these chalices have made it to so far, we've included a link to Eddie's Goblet Project on our Facebook page and the link below.

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