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, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com