Mom's memory box

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Project by amagineer posted 05-30-2011 04:51 AM 1291 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Mom pasted away last Tuesday and I wanted to have a box to place meaningful objects for her journey that will be buried with her Urn. The base is red oak with Black Walnut splines. The top is mahogany from and old church pulpit. The cross I carved out of purpleheart her favorite color. I never realized how hard it is to hand carve purpleheart. I am not pleased with the quality of this project, but my mind is obviously elsewhere.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 04:58 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. I think making this (very nice) box to bury with her is a nice sentiment and I hope it helps you and yours find some peace in this hard time.

Best Regards,

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 05:30 AM

Hard to carve the cross wasn’t as difficult as having to bury such a beautiful work… but your work speaks well of your Mom. I’m also sorry about your lost, but having built this box from a pulpit top, and the cross, and the use of your Mom’s favorite color, and the work you’ve put into the box during this lifetime event of yours tells me you’re a man of faith. Your work is a celebration of her life. Good job!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#3 posted 05-30-2011 11:05 PM

Thanks to all for your kind words.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 04:11 AM

I’m sorry for your loss and the song “Old Rugged Cross” comes to mind when I saw your box and your cross is very appropriate to that!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 02:45 PM

Thanks Erwin. I never thought of it when I was carving the cross, but my mother requested the “old Rugged cross” to be played at her wake.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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