|Project by learnin2do||posted 06-17-2011 05:03 PM||1756 views||3 times favorited||20 comments|
wow, this was really hard.
I received a request to make this marker the day before my son’s 14th birthday (the 15th). This required me to work on it for the entire day of my son’s birthday…as i expected, he was humbled by by the nature of the task and accepted my distraction.
A friend/co-worker of my Treeman (and one of the crew who helped to deliver all of the 2+ diameter walnut trunk sections and main branches to my house) called to ask if i could do this for a couple who could not reasonably afford one of the commercial markers they had found available.
I don’t really even have the tools or experience (never done lettering 7 relying on an early 90s craftsman router & what bits i have in my collection)...but how can i say no, when i know they cannot commission another entity to finish this in a day.
The lettering took from 7:30am – 2:30 am – minus a couple of hours to go purchase a cake and sodas for my son and his company and a couple of breaks to eat. I did the carving in the morning. (i had to be very careful; i have never done lettering & i really wanted to accomplish this) -special thanks to my sons (26 & 14!) for all of their input and support through the day! I agreed to do it if i could carve on it as well, so as to distract from the cruddy job i knew i would do on the lettering. At the top (i know it is hard to recognize) is a morning glory, severed from a vine, with roots at the bottom.
All i could think, while the ache in my surgery-needing arm grew by the minute, was that it may hurt, but could not come close to comparing to the pain this couple felt.
The father came last night to get the marker with with the friend who commissioned it. I am truly flattered to be entrusted with such an assignment. I can only hope that the mother is happy with it as well, and that it affords her some solace to finally have a marker for her infant son’s grave. He only lived seven hours or so. Previous c-section scarring caused bleeding in the uterus that interfered with oxygen transference …& what not.
I used some of the walnut trunk brought by the mutual friend. They want to set it in concrete at the site.