A Special Shadowbox

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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 08-14-2012 12:48 AM 5676 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not too long ago I was contacted by a young viewer on the A Simple Design of Ocala Facebook Page. Ryan Dellucky of Ponchatoula, Louisiana reached out and asked if I would be willing to donate a badge case or display case. When I asked him what it was for he told me about his grandfather.
As Ryan stated, “My Grandfather at age 80 sadly passed away monday night and he was in a vol. fire dept. and he worked for The Times Picayune. He also climbed last year a 110 story building at the age 79 for 9/11 in panama city beach”.
He continued to tell me, “This year for the climb they are renaming a plaque that he was awarded last year for being the oldest to climb. They are renaming it the William Ayres Memorial trophy in his honer”.
Now what Ryan wants to be able to do is display his grandfather’s photo along with a rank ribbon and his fire department badge. After getting to know Ryan a bit more and talking with him, I had absolutely no problem making this shadowbox for him to display his grandfather’s memorabilia.
I thought I could do him one better. I decided to make him a shadowbox that reflects upon his grandfather’s service as a Firefighter.

I found this trivet of the Firefighter’s cross when I went shopping for materials for the shadowbox, I made the walnut and maple frame for it.

I also found this clock. the clocks case is a wrapped up firehose, with a fire ax and helmet. I set the clock to 9:11 to represent the firefighter’s who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy which is why Ryan’s grandfather climbed the 110 flights in the building in Panama City. The shadowbox is made of Walnut with maple splines to reinforce the mitered corners.
It can be displayed on a mantle, bedside table or wall hung. I also included a small American Flag. The flag is folded in the proper formation for flags presented to a family member during a Serviceman’s Funeral. With that, the shadow box is complete and ready to be shipped to Ryan.

In turn Ryan made this woodburning for me. It is the Stallion from my company logo. It turned out great. Thank you Ryan.

Here is a video of the shadow box build. I hope you enjoy it.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 12:56 AM

What a great story! And it says a lot about what kind of person you are. Nice shadowbox and his woodburning was pretty cool as well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 01:19 AM

Very kool, and a gr8 way to pay tribute to a hero who passed. Gr8 story.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 01:46 AM

Thank you guys. I greatly appreciate the comments.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 07:43 PM

A great shadow box for a great cause from a big hearted person, thanks for showing what giving is all about.

-- Rodman

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#5 posted 08-14-2012 08:37 PM

You are very welcome Rodman. I try my best to give when I can. I greatly appreciate the comment…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 02:00 AM

Nicely done, I am sure it will be displayed proudly

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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