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Project by Brandon posted 05-30-2007 06:57 PM 2190 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a mother’s day gift for both my mother and my grandmother. My gram passed away several years ago and is still missed greatly. Her favorite poem is “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Stevenson. Since her passing, I have been searching and searching for a picture frame that had footprints on it for my mother to put her picture in. I finally reached the point that if that is what I want, then I am going to make it!

This was my frist crack at a picutre frame, so I proceeded with caution. I chose to use curly maple for the wood as it gives that beach sand look. I also accented the corners with bolivian rosewood. I also made wedges out of the bolivian rosewood to hold the picture in. The frame is finished with linseed oil and wax. I love what the oil did for the curls – it really provided depth to the frame.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

- Mary Stevenson

-- Brandon, Maine,

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#1 posted 05-30-2007 06:59 PM

That’s excellent!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-30-2007 07:00 PM

Nice job Brandon. Did you find a stamp to put the footprints on with?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 05-30-2007 07:16 PM

Sorry, that was a detail that I forgot to include. The footprints and the writing is burned into the wood.

-- Brandon, Maine,

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#4 posted 05-30-2007 08:34 PM

Very nice work. I have also loved that poem as well.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 09:38 PM

Great job on the wood burning!!!
I’ve wanted to jump into wood burning, but not sure where to start… (I don’t want another of the cheap wood burners that I had as a kid, it was useless)
Do you have a lot of experience in wood burning???

-- Rick, Michigan,

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 10:40 PM

A wonderful use of your talent.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 05-31-2007 04:20 AM

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

Rick – I have only been wood burning for a short while. Mostly used for lettering and such, no real artistic type of work.

-- Brandon, Maine,

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 05:17 AM

Very nice. You did a great job with the woodburning.

-- Chelle

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#9 posted 05-31-2007 06:00 AM

Great frame and the story that goes along with it.

Congratulations on the project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 06:44 PM

I second what Karson just said. That poem goes way back. But is a lovely sentiment. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 05-31-2007 09:47 PM

I third the motion. Great project.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 05-31-2007 11:42 PM

Great Job on an ever great gift!


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#13 posted 06-01-2007 04:47 PM

what a wonderful gift – and beautifully thought out and completed!! Nice

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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