|Project by gimmo||posted 03-01-2016 01:38 PM||405 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
my cousin suddenly passed away only 3 weeks after finding out he had lung cancer. He was the first of 4 children to pass. His youngest sister received his memorial flag so I thought I would build her a case to showcase it. A cherry blossom’s life is very short and represents how short human life is so his youngest sister had a tattoo put on her ankle with 3 fallen petals to represent her Mother, Father and brother that had passed. I copied her tattoo the best I could with an intarsia style layout but thought it wouldn’t look uniform with just one cherry blossom on one side of his nickname so I put one on each side. Now I have 6 fallen petals which didn’t add up to what they were supposed to be representing. Since there are 6 total family members I decided that I would use red petals as living petals and the fallen petals that indicate the deceased would be pink. I put the 3 pink fallen petals on the left blossom for the 3 family members that had passed on and the 3 red fallen petals on the right for the siblings that were still living. I glued these red fallen petals to small dowels and drilled holes to mount them, I also made 3 extra pink ones and did the same with them, therefore as each sibling passes one can be removed and replaced with a pink fallen petal. I included 2 4” X 6” picture frames so pictures of him could be inserted. Acrylic was used instead of glass to prevent broken glass. The face is held in place with many earth magnets so as to be able to change the pictures or the acrylic in case it gets scratched up.
Chic was a VietNam veteran and received 2 medals for his wartime tour of duty in VietNam (one was awarded to him from the country of Vietnam which is green) along with his National Defense medal so I added a shadow box to include his awarded merits. The case is made of walnut and curly maple with highlights of redheart and padauk. The cherry blossom was made of redheart for the blossoms and petals, pink ivory for the pink fallen petals and black palm for the branches. The leaves were made from poplar and dyed green. The trim inside the shadow box is curly maple with a 1/8” inlay of padauk used to trim out the merits mounting backing with ogee profiled padauk outlining the shadow box. The names were cutout on my son’s CNC. Finished with General Finishes Exterior 450 satin. I lost a close friend last year also and will be making another one similar to this for his daughter to showcase his memorial flag. I thought it was pretty enough that I would like to have one for myself so I will be making one to enjoy with my awarded wartime merits in the shadow box. I will put a flag into mine and then when I pass the family can replace it with the memorial flag given to them. I have decided to build a couple extras in case anyone is looking for a unique flag case to showcase their loved ones memorial flag. There will not be this much detail on the ones I build to sell so as to keep the price down and of coarse no cherry blossoms. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed building it.
-- Stan, Southville, Ky