Well I’d been talking to Dusty it seems like for a week. He stated that he had this idea for a memorial to Mark, in a way that only a LumberJock could. Dusty’s witings start here
One of the best Memorials would be to insure that we do our part in keeping LumberJocks still in business, and it that way we could keep the memory of Mark alive through his participation.
Dusty told me that he had communicated with Douglas Border about his idea, and they thought that they’d get me involved in making the frame to support the stain glass panel that Dusty would create.
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.
So I was thinking, what could I do, what could I make that would support and amplify what I knew that Dusty would create. My mind was a blank.
I knew that stain glass was best in its viewing if it was shown in a window, with light streaming through the glass. I didn’t want something wide like a 6” frame, because it would be overwhelming in its presentation. It would be best to have something light in presentation, but it had to support a heavy piece of stain glass. So, it couldn’t be really light.
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.
Then Dusty sent me some of the early pictures.
The Dove that was the centerpiece of Marks Panel. That was what I needed.
I called Dusty and asked him to send me a picture of just the Dove. I received an e-mail with this picture.
So I took that picture and printed it out on my printer at about a 25% view. It printed at about 1” X 1 ¼”. Just what I wanted.
I wanted to do the dove as an inlay in the frame. But, I’ve never done an inlay. But, that OK, I’ve never make a frame either. So this was all new ground.
When I was at the summer picnic at Mark Decou’s home we asked him about the lettering that he does on his furniture. He showed us that he takes a router with a very thin/small router bit (like a 1/16” or smaller) and he outlines the letters and then uses a larger router bit to carve away the wood that is not needed.
So what I needed was a way to hold a router bit and to be able to control it to carve out the wood for a dove.
I had heard of Steward-MacDonald and a small router base that they designed.
They supply instrument makers with parts and this router base is used to do inlays in instruments. It was made to be used with a Dremel Tool. Somewhere I’d heard or read that the Dremel is underpowered when doing carving.
There was also the Micro Fence Router base that I’d seen at some of the woodworking shows.
The price scared me off.
So it was time to spend some money. I went back to the Stewart-MacDonald site. They had a kit that included the router base, and a Foredom power head. It was then I realized that I had some parts of a Foredom in my tool supply. I found it, in a tote, still outside. Three years of wet, freezing, hot summer weather had not been kind to it. It was rusted solid and would not turn. The power source for this tool was a sewing machine motor.
So back to the Stew-Mac site. I could buy a new Foredom package on eBay cheaper that Stew-Mac, so I order the Router base and the special handset for the Foredom tool. Then I went to eBay and made my purchase there. It was a woodcarving set, with Dvd’s on wood carving (Look out Dick). So I waited.
I waited for the package to arrive from Dusty and I waited for the packages to arrive with my purchases. I was like a kid at Christmas.
Dusty’s arrived first. He had shipped it Second Day air on a Monday so It showed up on Wednesday.
I carried the package in and layed it flat on an Ottoman
Inside the package was some bubble wrap.
And some envelopes. Dusty was including some items that would go to the recipient of the Memorial.
Now to take off the top.
Some paper. And now ! ! !
This is not right. The glass is broken. My guess about 20 – 25% of the glass is broken or cracked.
So I took these pictures and sent them to Dusty and I called him on the phone. He was not there, so I left a message. We have fractures and breakage. It’s not good.
To be continued – - -
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