Jeremiah and Candee

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Project by mgb_2x posted 09-01-2014 02:51 AM 1127 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Facebook has been a great way to connect with people from my past, some going back 50 years to when I was in grade school. It has been fun catching up with everybody. Sadly, I found that one of my classmates lost her son, Jeremiah in Afghanistan. I have a standing offer to make an engraved sign, no charge for all my friends on FB, so far about 60 have requested a sign. I was honored when my friend Candee allowed me to make a sign for her. I had been wanting to do this for a few years.

As you may know, since WW1 the gold star has been the symbol for mother’s who have lost a child in war. I decided to honor both my friend and her son Jeremiah. Like most woodworkers I am a wood collector. This piece of cherry has been in my collection for over 10 years, just waiting for the right project. It was a full 12 inches wide and the color and figure were very nice. Finally that perfect project arrived. The star was made from maple and covered with 3 layers of gold leaf. An inlay of wenge was fitted to the back of the pocket to provide a nice contrast for the gold. The star is positioned to float above the background by a 1/4 of an inch. Finish is 6 coats of lacquer with a light sanding in between.

This was truly a humbling experience and I was honored to make this plaque for an old friend.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 09-01-2014 02:57 AM

this is beautiful, and what a wonderful thing to do..i cant say much more then this, but this is a wonderful thing to do .

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 05:00 AM

A gorgeous piece of work and a fine tribute. Well done! You have a very generous heart -

Please tell me the name of the font that you used for Jeremiah’s name?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 05:23 AM

Outstanding work & very kind of you to do this for an old classmate.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 12:41 PM

Great work and a great tribute.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 04:15 PM

Very nice work and a wonderful tribute.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 03:48 AM

This is absolutely beautiful. I may have to borrow the concept, but used a mix of mediums. Thanks for sharing!

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