|Project by AKDave||posted 01-24-2016 05:38 AM||1848 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
I got a phone call from an older (older that I am!) lady who told me that she had seen a photo of one of the previous caskets I had made, and she and her sister would like to have me make one for each of them. I met with the two to discuss the species of wood they would like, and showed them more photos of my various pieces. They made their selection and then stated that they would both like for me to incorporate some Alaskan Diamond Willow into the boxes, perhaps as the handles on the side. Well, I was not too excited about that, so, basically to try to get out of it, I told them I didn’t think the idea of handles was a good one because diamond willow is very crooked and also tapers quite rapidly for the length, and further that I didn’t have any diamond willow, and didn’t know where to get any. I hoped that would pretty much kill the idea. Then they said that they had already had a half dozen pieces and would I reconsider and think about some way to use it. Well, I agreed and began to try to think of a way to incorporate it into the design. I came up with the idea of placing a short piece as a column at each corner. I ran the idea by them and they agreed. So that is what I did and I think it came out very well. I have placed some photos in my gallery. They were absolutely overjoyed with the results. By the way, the light wood is birch, harvested from my sons property a couple of years ago. He lives about a quarter mile away from me. The dark wood panels are walnut or cherry veneer.
Hope you all enjoy looking at the photos and reading about the project.
-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, firstname.lastname@example.org