Father and Son Shadowboxes

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 12-01-2015 05:54 AM 656 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently commissioned to build these shadowboxes for the retirement of a Navy Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer. The Army shadowbox is for his Dad who was a pilot and served 34 years and retired as a CWO4. The son told me that when his Dad retired he didn’t get anything to commemorate his service. So to correct this the son had me make a special shadowbox with pilot wings inside which was presented to his Dad during the son’s retirement ceremony. I wasn’t there but I was told that this was a very meaningful presentation. I really enjoyed building these boxes and hope they will mean a lot to the recipients.

Both shadowboxes are made from cherry wood and stained red mahogany.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 04:44 PM

Great job and great story—you certainly get great rewards from your craft.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 08:58 PM

I second that “Great job and great story”! More than one tear was shed at that ceremony, I’m sure.
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 09:45 PM

They both look wonderful. Nice work.

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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#4 posted 12-03-2015 09:49 PM

Another great project Tim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 05:58 PM

Very good story and super nice build. It’s very sad that our military doesn’t ever seem to be appreciative of our veterans service. Very sad indeed

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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