|Project by Mottom||posted 09-19-2007 06:22 PM||11796 views||18 times favorited||18 comments|
A friend recently retired from the Navy. He asked me to make him a shadow box for his retirement. He wanted the box to look as though someone had removed the lid from an old sea chest and hung it on the wall, but he wanted to look through the curved top of the chest.
The box is American Cherry and the medal mounts are made of Curly Maple. The clear piece is 1/4” heat-bent Lexan.
The story behind the shadow box is an old Navy tradition. In the days of sail, there was a superstition of doom for retiring sailors. If the sailor’s shadow hit the pier before he did, he would be foreshadowed by bad luck for his remaining days. Sailors fought the superstition by constructinbg a timber box and filling it with the departing sailor’s mementoes and treasures. The box would be held in front of the sailor as he walked down the gang-plank – catching his shadow – and keeping it from hitting the pier before he did. Hence the name “shadow-box.”
-- A novice at the craft and loving every minute!