Temporary Grave Marker #1: He works in mysterious ways...

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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 10-09-2007 11:16 PM 2106 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Funny how He is always challenging me, especially when I think I’m at my limit and barely have time to breath, much less take on another woodworking task.

A few weeks ago, my wife’s co-worker lost his dad. We went to the wake to give our condolences and support. It wasn’t really a surprise, as he’d been fighting with cancer for several years.

Last night, she came home and said Frank had a request for me, if I was willing to help them. I don’t know if my wife suggested I help him because of my aversion to the topic of death… or in spite of it.

He said they had to wait six months before putting the granite grave marker in place at his father’s grave – something about allowing the ground to settle. But he and his mom would like to have something at his grave temporarily, in case anyone came to visit it.

So I need to start working on a design. I’m not even sure on the proportions I should follow.

Anyone have any experience with making crosses? Mark?

I’ll write more tonight; I have to get to PT (for the lower back).

-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 10-10-2007 12:35 AM

What a remarkable request, a great honor and a solemn task. I can offer no insight but I am expecting to see a heartfelt expression that will be cherished by the family.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 10-10-2007 02:10 AM

Ethan: I guess it could be any size that you wanted to make, From a flat surface item to a stand up cross. Some cemeteries only allow low items that they can mow over. You might want to check with them to see if they have any requirements.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-10-2007 04:06 AM

Hey I found this site. Hopefully it is helpful for a start for some ideas.
FYI: Usually the funeral home will put something simple typically made of plastic at the site as a temporary marker.

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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