I think this is where “wood gloat” entries are supposed to go, instead of projects. I received a little while back a package from my young LJ friend Thomas (Sodabowski). I’ve had to keep this under wraps because it was related to a project I was making for my daughter’s wedding on June 23rd. She often follows my posts on LJs and I didn’t want her to get wind of it.
The idea was to make a couple of things as keepsakes, that wove her heritage symbolically through wood into the projects. Both of her grandfathers were woodworkers and I had gathered some wood that had belonged to them but her maternal grandmother came from Northern France and I wanted to tie that in somehow. Thomas to the rescue: I contacted him and explained the objective and he was so nice to offer to send some pieces of French wood he had collected.
Enclosed was a piece of French boxwood, a spalted beech medallion he had made, a piece of plum burl, and some of his special green stained beech, along with some shavings for good measure.
It was getting late into the time I had to work on this so now came the problem of trying to work this in to what I was planning to make for her. You’ll have to stay tuned for further updates.
For now, I wanted to thank Thomas from the bottom of my heart for helping me with my crazy idea. I plan to return the favor soon.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.