|Project by tt1106||posted 10-31-2014 04:50 PM||1506 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Finally finished my Daughters Hope Chest. This was my 17 year old’s Hope Chest, I planned to finsih for her for Christmas 3 years ago (When she was 14). Sadly, I didn’t get it done and for the next two years was unable to finish as she sank into a deep depression which culminated in her hospitalization four times over the course of the year for suicidal ideations and attempts. This girl is now in College purusuing a degree in Deaf studies. She is doing great and since the world has stabilized for the moment, I decided to finish the chest. The camera shots are terrible and frankly, it was too much trouble to worry about better ones. This is a Hope Chest made out of Red Oak and lined with Aromatic Cedar. I Used a very dark stain, so oak became very blotchy. Because I was trying desperatley to just finish it, I looked the other way, subverted my need to over crtiicize my work until I’m basically paralyzed and just finished it. In the deaf culture, my daughters name “Sunny” is made by making the letter S in Sign language and then strumming it like a guitar. Sunny + Music. In the top of the chest, I woodburned the letter S (Sign Language) and a treble clef on a set of scales with notes.
I gave it to her yesterday and she was thrilled. This represents one of my favorite projects, simply from the reception it got from the receiver. God has been very faithful to us and to her and has taught us valuable lessons about priorities and suffering well while maintaining hope.