|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 05-04-2016 01:46 PM||1160 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
When I say this is the hardest one yet, I don’t mean that this was the hardest project that I have completed or ever worked on. I mean it was the hardest to post. I will explain.
First let me say, I am sorry I do not have the best pictures!
This is pine plank trunk that was built by my grandfather, my mothers father. My mom gave it to me and I decided to give it to my oldest niece as a Hope Chest. I wanted to make it hers so I inlaid her initial J out of Ebony with Mother of Pearl heart shaped accents and a Brazilian Agate Heart point. The Chest was already very distressed so I wanted to Initial to look like it was originally part of it. I still need to work on the finish but matching the distressing when well.
I was actually working on this project, routing out the heart cavities when I found out my mother was hit and killed just down the road from our house. I had turned off the dremel and checked my phone to see if she had texted again. She had asked me to come help get the groceries out of the car as we were all getting together for family dinner. Her text was way late. So I called her house, my niece said she wasn’t home and that no one could get ahold of her. I thought that very, very odd. It wasn’t until I looked out of my window and saw the long line of cars on the highway being held up my the CHP that I really started to worry.
Long story short, it was my mom and the chest sat for several months. I didn’t want to finish it at all but I knew that since it was made by grandpa and belonged to mom it would mean a lot to my niece.
I think it took me so long to post it because I was still figuring things out. Perhaps on some level I thought if I posted it it was like a period at the end of a sentence, a finality to the hope affair? I know mom is with Jesus in heaven but it still hurt. It definitely gets better with time.
Thanks for your patience.
I want to really thank Dave Jeske at Blue Spruce Tool Works. He makes some of the finest tools out there. His detail chisels really helped me get this job done.
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate