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Project by FLBert posted 06-01-2017 02:00 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago a friend of mine was on patrol in Iraq when his vehicle drove over an IED. The driver lost his life and my friend was severely injured. His pain wasn’t only physical but emotional as well as the day it happened he was supposed to be driving but his buddy did instead and lost his life. Several surgeries, some experimental, and they were able to save his foot… at least for now.
A few months back my friend was awarded the Purple Heart. I knew when he did I wanted to do something to honor his sacrifice and knew I had some purple heart in my stack of lumber I could use. I just didn’t know what I was going to do with it. I could have easily cut a heart shape and finished it but to me the price he paid was much uglier than that would have been. I didn’t see a pretty shiny heart when I thought of what he has gone through. A few months passed and I ran across an old post from fellow jock @Roger of a heart he’d carved called Dissolution (thanks for the inspiration Roger) and knew that was the direction to go with it. I wanted it to show the pain, not only physically with the thorns and blood shed, but the emotional cost with the way it eats at his heart.
Once the carving was done it needed a display so I dyed some tiger maple for patriotism and the way it looks like a flag blowing and framed it in Walnut.

I shared it with his wife to get her blessing and she loved it. After her tears slowed we decided to present it to him this weekend at church since this week is the anniversary of the day he was injured. I can’t wait to honor him in front of all of his friends!

Thanks for looking.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#2 posted 06-01-2017 02:53 PM

Great Job!!
Please thank your friend for his service!

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#3 posted 06-01-2017 03:56 PM

Will do Sparkie!


-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#4 posted 06-01-2017 06:22 PM

This is a beautiful piece and a fine piece of memorabilia for your friend. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 06-02-2017 02:27 AM

Great job Bert. It is amazing and an amazing story to match.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 06-02-2017 03:30 AM

Thank You Bert for being a real friend of a real Hero of these United States of America!

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#7 posted 06-02-2017 04:21 AM

Nice work, a truly inspirational piece for a deserving soul!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 06-02-2017 05:47 AM

Salute to both of you

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 06-02-2017 12:11 PM

Well done!

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 06-02-2017 12:54 PM

Thanks for sharing. Your’e a good friend. I hope it helps him deal with the physical and the emotional. If it comes up, please tell him, many gave thanks for his service?

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#11 posted 06-02-2017 12:58 PM

Thanks everyone. I’ll pass on your sentiments. I know he’ll appreciate it.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#12 posted 06-02-2017 02:01 PM

Well done! I can’t think of a more appropriate gift to present. I believe he will be touched that you made this from your heart.

-- Brian in Texas

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