|Project by Tim_CPWD||posted 03-27-2015 12:01 AM||975 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I was recently commissioned to build this shadowbox for a retiring Senior Chief Navy Seal. This customer had a very impressive career as shown by the medals on the left side of the display. The patches on the right show the progression of the Seal Trident on the different uniforms he wore as well as some of the different detachments and call signs he was associated with. The coins across the bottom represent the commands he was in during his career. Most people choose to put their duty stations on a brass plaque inside but in this case we used a challenge coin from each command instead. Using my CNC machine I designed an inlay for each coin and VCarved the years he was in each command represented. The coins inside the box were from different deployments he did and were also inlayed into the wood. Two of the three coins inside presented a bit more a challenge as they had a unique design but after some trial and error in scrap wood I was able to get the shape right for the inlay for the finished product. As with all of the shadowboxes done in my shop it was a team effort. My wife did the layout and installation of all the items inside the box and I did all of the woodwork. The customer picked up the box last night and was extremely pleased. Pleased enough that he extended an invitation for me to attend his ceremony tomorrow. I was honored at the invitation and look forward to attending.
-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca. http://www.facebook.com/commandperformancewooddesigns