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Flying Yankees Plaque

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Project by DanaBabcock posted 06-08-2014 08:42 PM 383 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this plaque for one of our airmen retiring from the 103d Flying Yankees after 31 years of service with the Air Force. The shiled is cherry with the curved parts of the groove and the scroll routed freehand (with a couple of burns!), maple inlay for the scroll and walnut letters. A wood burner served for the black border and wenge blocks for the Morse code at the top.

I tried my hand at intarsia with the Yankee. Wenge boots, jacket, and hair; Walnut cape, trousers, and hat; Maple face, shirt, scroll, and hands.

The inlay work on the scroll needs a lot of work. If I do another, I would cut the scroll as a seperate piece to make it easier to route out for the inlay and to avoid the issues I had with keeping the border on the shield a constant thickness.





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rtbrmb

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 09:23 PM

Great adaptation of the squadron symbol. The smile on his face says it all. Great work & thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 03:48 AM

Yeah, though you can’t see it on the picture I supplied (which was a design for an embroidery company for our patch), most of the designs have the Yankee (Lt Wadsworth) smiling in a clever sort of way as he runs away with the Connecticut colony’s charter to hide it from the British.

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