When we first started talking about this memorial for Mark we were kicking around various ideas for the project and frame. Karson called me ; Quote ”I called Dusty, he wasn’t any help at all. He said whatever you create will be great. So it was back in my court again.”
For the record; telling Karson how or what to build would be like trying to tell Tiger Woods how to golf or Sam Maloof how to build rocking chairs.
Nice try Karson, but that didn’t wasn’t going to work. I knew better.
To illustrate my point further his blog stated ; Quote ” I was overwhelmed with their support in suggesting that I do that. I mean I’ve never created a picture frame in my life. I made a backing that my wife and I used to stretch some fabric over as a picture. But that was pine and no one saw it.
My point is; the sign of a true craftsman and the spirit of a Lumberjock and woodworker is to challenge yourself while practicing your craft . You not only come up with a practical solution but a final piece that is not only a work of art, it is a stunning piece of craftsmanship.
Karson’s frame is a testimonial to this and serves as a fine example of challenging ones self to get out side of our comfort zone in our craft and to create something extraordinary that we never felt we could or had ever done before.
That is what Lumberjocks is about, to inspire, challenge and share with others what our passions are and where they might take us while we are practicing our woodworking and various other crafts.
I would like to point out after the sent the first stained glass panel to Karson, which arrived shattered from shipping we decided in the interest of time Karson would built the frame from my verbal measurements of a panel that had not been built yet.
It was then agreed I would build the piece and he would build and send the frame to me when completed. We both felt the less shipping the better considering the problems we had shipping it the first time.
By the looks of the shipping box and packing Karson did on the second panel he was not taking any chances. He could of shipped the queens crown and jewels in this crate.
Lessons learned for sure!
The frame arrived and I assembled and installed it on to the final stain glass panel . The frame fit like a fine leather glove.
A truly professional piece of work. Only minor tweaking was needed.
The mark of any master craftsman is to be able to build things from scratch, with out any plans , vague instructions and only the final dimensions, which resulted in having the final piece fit like it was all built at the same time.
My hats off to Karson and his talent he has and uses in practicing his passion and craft of woodworking.
That said, I invite you to see the final project entitled ” Marks Heavenly Flight ”.
I have no doubt that by supporting this web site, this would please Mark, who this simple memorial is for.
I am sure he is smiling from Heaven as he sees this community stay together and continue to grow.