That’s when 12-year-old Tommy Rhomberg stepped up to the plate.
Tommy got here up with the thought on the day of the storm, which occurred to be his greatest pal’s birthday. Knowing Walker Viessman’s love for baseball — and surrounded by fallen trees from the storm — Tommy determined to reward his pal a hand-carved bat.
“This is simply Tommy,” Amanda Rhomberg, Tommy’s mother, informed CNN. “He’s at all times been tremendous artistic and loves constructing stuff. He wakened at 6 a.m. to work on it over the course of some days till it was good. When I noticed it, my jaw simply dropped.”
Amanda says Tommy made the bat utilizing his grandfather’s whittling instruments and sand paper, and that he labored till his arms have been coated in blisters.
Viessman, additionally 12, was amazed by his pal’s considerate reward.
“I did not anticipate something for my birthday, however when Tommy introduced me the bat he made me, I used to be so excited and grateful I’ve that nice of a pal,” Viessman informed CNN. “It was so good of him to spend that a lot time making me a bat for my birthday.”
“I wished to make my pal Walker a bat for his birthday,” Tommy mentioned. “I had no thought numerous different folks would need one too. I like having the ability to assist, and I’m glad if folks do not have money to rebuild they’ll use among the money donated from the bats as an alternative.”
After consumers place an order, the self-taught woodworker begins by taking a fallen log to a close-by farm, the place it is lower into smaller items. His dad then saws the items into octagons earlier than Tommy lastly lathes them into bats.
“I do not know how his little arms can accomplish that a lot,” Amanda mentioned. “He has put in a whole lot of hours into making these bats. I’m so pleased with him for instructing himself a brand new ability and beginning a enterprise whereas doing a lot good. He exhibits that you could make a distinction in your nook of the world by doing what you possibly can with what you’ve gotten.”
The bats, that are about 30 inches lengthy, cannot be used to play baseball, because the fallen wooden will crack because the wooden dries over time. But folks can preserve them as “somewhat memento from the storm,” Amanda mentioned.
Tommy has a ready listing of greater than 600 individuals who need to purchase considered one of his bats.