Shadow box for Open Hands carving

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Project by Rj posted 08-20-2010 03:41 AM 1802 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished the shadow box for the Open Hands I carved awhile back .

This is my 1st carving and a gift for my Brother in law ,My sister in law “passed away” In January , The Rose was on her casket, she was 41 and left behind two daughters one being 8 yrs old and the other is 23.
Laura passed away suddenly from a blood clot to the heart …one day she was here spreading joy to everyone the next day God welcomed her home .

Woods used = Steamed figured Cherry ,Purple Heart & Curly/Tigerstriped Buckeye
The hands are suspended a 1/2” off of the crushed Velvet “her Favorite color was purple”
The Box Is 18 1/4” x 15 1/4” X 4 1/4”

This coming Sunday would be her birthday and I thought that would be a good day to give it to my brother
inlaw .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 04:07 AM

sorry for the family’s loss .

this is a very thoughtful ,
and heart felt gift .

well done .

my condolences .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 04:08 AM

that is the most prettest thing i believe i have ever seen,,your brother – law and nieces will just be speechless

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 04:29 AM


The reason I “buddied” you was because of your exquisite frames. Each of your frames just gets better. This shadow box is really outstanding. What a lovely tribute to give your B-I-L.

Tnanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 05:32 AM

Exquisite detail and craftsmanship as always. I am sure the family will cherish this beautiful gift. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 05:54 AM


What a beautiful carving and shadow box. A very thoughtful and wonderful gesture, which I am sure will be treasured for a life time. Great combination of woods and of course excellent craftsmanship as always.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 08:22 AM

Beautiful and very deep carving, wonderful and very impressive work

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 09:33 AM

Really sweet job…well done.

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 12:25 PM

Hi Rj,
Very beautifully done and in honour of a family member that I’m sure will be missed for many years to come.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 03:02 PM

Hey Ron,

That is nothing short of spectacular!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 08-20-2010 05:38 PM

Thanks everyone for your Great complements I really appreciate them !!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 06:14 PM

That’s really nice. The craftsmanship is awesome. Great project…......Super design….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 08:07 PM

Ron – As always your work shows it’s beauty from the heart and soul of an artist, a wonderful tribute and excellent work as always.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 11:21 PM

Very nice work done from the heart.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#14 posted 08-21-2010 01:47 PM

well Ron it really all came together didn’t it…your fabulous work and designers eye made this a fantastic memorial for your sister in-law..your a man who feels from his heart and it certainly translates into your wood work…what a special moment it will be for all of you when this gift is given…..i loved our visit the other day…you know i always do…...bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 08-25-2010 07:47 PM

This came out nice. I think you have the whole shadow-box thing mastered. Those compound miters are not exactly easy, but you made them tight.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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