|Project by Muzhik||posted 09-10-2015 10:13 AM||760 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
As I near my own military retirement, I have several friends who are at the same point in their careers. Many are asking me to do their shadow boxes for them. I built this one for an Air Force Russian linguist friend who retired this summer.
It is built of genuine mahogany and curly maple. The inlays are curly maple or bloodwood. The bottom right corner is a map of the Russian mainland. That one was by far the most challenging. The top left is a Su-27 FLANKER. Bottom left is the new (-ish) Air Force insignia, and the top right is Master Sergeant (MSgt) rank insignia. This one was done through carving out the dark part and filling in the voids with epoxy that was colored with walnut sawdust. The lines aren’t perfect and crisp, but I’m happy with how it came out.
The flag for this one is NOT the member’s retirement flag. Instead, he wanted his father’s burial flag placed inside. Sadly, he lost his father at a young age, long before he joined the Air Force. I’m sure dad would be proud of his son’s stellar career!
I’m currently working on two shadow boxes that I’m pretty excited to do. One will be in the shape of the Air Force insignia (some examples of this concept posted here by others before). The other will be based on the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division insignia. They are for a couple (also friends) who are both retiring soon. There’s a chance his may be presented at the White House! I’m working some copper and brass into those two. I’ll be sure to post them when they’re done.
Here’s my rough sketchup drawing of the plan: