Presidential Seal Shadow Box

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Project by thelastdetailcww posted 08-05-2014 05:36 AM 2012 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a retirement shadow box for a Navy service member who was assigned to White House duty for three years. He provided me the image.
The walnut wheel measures 30 inches inside diameter. Behind the wheel there are 26 pieces that make up the rays behind the shield. Mitering them to come to a complete circle was quite the chore. The 50 stars are aspen. Many hours were spent spacing them evenly. Check and re-check. No one was allowed to even breath around it until the stars were glued.
Then came the eagle. It is on an 8 inch plaque. A little small I guess. It was shrunk to fit all his military awards etc.. around it. The last time I counted parts for the eagle I lost count at 150. At this point another 5, 10 or 15 just didn’t matter any more. Seven different woods were used for this image. All woods are natural color.
When it was all said and done it was a fun project for me. I enjoyed it. Hope you do to.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 06:29 AM

Very nice!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 09:25 AM

Wow that is some awesome work, great details

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 11:40 AM

Chief Petty Officer to Warrant Officer – Very well done on the shadow box. Many thanks to the member for his service. Selection process for duty at the WH is very competitive. So further honors are due there also.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 12:06 PM

Very nice work

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 02:46 PM

BRAVO ZULU ! You’ve outdone yourself again!

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#6 posted 08-05-2014 04:53 PM

WOW! Very nice work.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 12:03 AM

Wow that’s an amazing shadow box! I can only imagine how many hours you’ve got into that thing, but it’s beautiful, and I’m sure he really appreciates it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 08:07 PM

Great job Ken…..I made 5 of these last night with my new Carvewright……hahaha. How many hours do you think you have in this one… I always say, your work is art that should be in a museum.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 02:37 AM

incredible work on this piece – love the carving of the shield.

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