|Project by DeLayne Peck||posted 08-22-2014 09:40 PM||1130 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Our son’s finance’ brought us a gorgeous, hand-woven, silk tapestry as a momento of her service in Operation Enduring Freedom. She is an Army Staff Sargeant, Chinook Crew Chief and Instructor. Afghanistan was her 8th deployment. Without a good means to display it our home, the precious gift languished in a closet until recently.
The simple back-plaque is quarter-sawn oak, 5” x 43”, shaped with a router template. Simplicity ended there. The 3/4” square rod is captured in a mortise at each end. Square stock was mortised and then worked on the lathe. I have never had cause to try to turn out a round ball, little own in duplicate. Add, the dangers of chippy oak and a gapping motise spinning in the middle of the project. As I worked nervously and I thought about how happy I was going to be to finally put my balls on the workbench. (My mind wanders.)
The up and down side: The tapestry looks beautiful in our coffee room. Down side, it called my wife’s attention to the wall paper in the room. She is a extremist “Wall Paper Tear-orist.” Here we go again – shreding, spackle, sanding, and dust clouds. No doubt, the room will be re-papered by Spring.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.