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Blog entry by parsonpaul posted 02-02-2015 03:00 PM 986 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this for a family whose son passed away from cancer last year at 4 years old. He loved trains and I found this image through a Google search. The picture was one of my favorites of him and a train. The lower right side is a copy of his first time writing his name.
I was privileged to be asked to attempt this project.
The finished size is like 16 by 20 from basswood. I applied Ipswich Pine stain and about 4 coats of gloss lacquer.

I was inspired and informed by the some of Sheila Landry’s patterns.

I hope you like it.

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 04:04 PM

Nice tribute.

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 05:11 PM

I think incorporating his name the way he wrote it was a very cool touch, well done

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 07:28 PM

That looks great. Wonderful job!

I’ll be honest, this brought a tear to my eye. My oldest is 4 and I don’t believe I can imagine the pain of such a loss, nor do I want to. Such a great way to honor the little guy’s memory.

-- Billy

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 08:11 PM

Thanks for the kind words.
I am a retired pastor and after 32 years in the pastorate. I have had my share of tender tearful moments.
I have come to regard times and situations like this as something very special. It is special to be asked to create a way for the family and loved ones to hold on to the memory of one so dear. I regard it as an honor and privilege to serve the family in this way.
I guess it moves this from a hobby to a ministry….
Thanks again.

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 08:23 PM

What a wonderful project with such a sad tale … I got a lump in my throat.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 12:22 AM

Beautiful Project! Well done. Good for you!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 12:49 AM

Definitely had tears running down my cheeks. You are a good man to produce this wonderful tribute to their son.

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

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