Samson-Inspired Pictureframe

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 02-09-2016 02:40 AM 442 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, my ancient Hebrew professor gave me the inspiration for this piece. It is a joke, but only if you know something about Hebrew Bible literature and the story of Samson (who killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey). I always thought it would be hilarious to have a shadowbox with a donkey’s jawbone in it that read something to the effect of “In Case of Attack by Philistines Break Glass.” Amazingly, when I shared this idea with a relative of mine, he got me an entire donkey cranium for Christmas a few years ago! Luckily, another friend is a gifted calligraphy artist and he used a scrap of vellum (which real vellum is the hide of a calf) and gave it a rough edge to look a little more ancient. I’m so happy with it!

The frame itself is made from white oak with mahogany splines. I also have in the works a hammer made of stone to put on the side of it to give it a little more genuine feel. My wife wouldn’t let me display a donkey’s jawbone in the house, so it goes in my office at church. I guess I’ll quickly be able to determine the Biblical literacy of anyone who walks into my office now very quickly : )

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 10:15 AM

Cool project. Samson is an awesome guy. I heard that he killed a lion one time…. With his bare hands! Then he ate honey out of it. AWESOME!!!

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 04:32 PM

Great fun. Sure to be a conversation starter in your office.

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#3 posted 02-10-2016 12:10 AM

I’m sorry…BUT...The real story here has to be….Why would someone get a donkey cranium for Christmas????

What ever the reason, you made it into a cool project. I love that kind of humor.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 12:04 AM

What an awesome conversation piece!

Incidentally, there’s also a rock & roll song by The Grateful Dead named “Samson & Delilah”. It tells the story of Samson with a touch of poetic license here and there, but they hit the high points.

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 04:20 PM

Cool. To avoid posting sideways pictures, take all your pictures in landscape mode. The site can’t handle portrait mode very well.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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