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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 04-09-2012 06:38 PM 2584 views 4 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a strange dream. It was February 1, 2003, I was aboard the Space Shuttle. Everything was going well. We were about to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, transiting from the black night of space into the blue skies . A song entered my head, This Flight Tonight by Joni Mitchell ( although the version I heard was the cover by Nazareth). I sensed impending danger. I couldn’t move or speak. Things started to go wrong. I was on the ground. Watching a small collection of tight packed fireballs streaking across the sky. I wept. Seven brave people had not made it back, not this time.

This box is dedicated to the memory of the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia, mission, STS-107, its 28th, which burnt up on re-entry due to damage to some of its heat resistant tiling. They were:

Commander: Rick D. Husband
Pilot: William C. McCool
Payload Commander: Michael P. Anderson
Payload Specialist: Ilan Ramon
Mission Specialist: Kalpana Chawla
Mission Specialist: David M. Brown
Mission Specialist: Laurel Clark

I will certainly never forget them.

The box is made of Luan, Padauk, Yew, Pau Amarello, Sycamore and a small patch of Ebony (representing the damage sustained to the shuttle), The coloured bands are those seen, due to heat, on objects entering our atmosphere at speed. The main box is 166mm (long side) x 101mm (rear) x 50mm high. The rear fin, which is the handle to remove the drop-in lid, is another 35mm high. Glues were PVA and CA and the finish Spray satin Acrylic. The last shot shows the box as I envisioned it as I designed it, representing re-entry. Please, no comments about the bolt, I can’t use Photoshop and I’d rather it wasn’t there.

I’ve had many offers to ‘correct’ the last picture so I don’t want anyone to be offended. Pic’ 6 is how I saw it.
Thanks, Randy for dropping by my site and your work on the image.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com





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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 06:41 PM

I was going to attach a YouTube link for This Flight Tonight but I leave you to choose which version you might like to listen to to accompany the post.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 07:26 PM

Quite a moving tribute Martyn. I remember the day when another space shuttle, Challenger, mission 51L, ended badly as well. One of my former teachers, Mrs. Weeks, was a semi-finalist for the “Teacher in Space” mission. I was a sophomore in high school at the time. We watched as the shuttle launched and then went up in flames. It felt rather personal to us all, since one of our city’s civilians could have been up there at the time. Teacher, Christa McAuliffe, was the first (and thank God only) civilian to have given their life for the NASA space program. I know that the piece represents an entirely different mission, but it does speak to me in regards to that one as well.

Impeccable design Martyn and captures the essence of the tragedy very well.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 07:39 PM

Very nice Martyn.

Very nice.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 07:42 PM

Great irrational design. Love that stuff…...............

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

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 07:50 PM

nice thats all I can say

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 08:04 PM

Well done Martyn.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 08:20 PM

Its amazing where we get our ideas. You have created a wonderful tribute to the people who give of their lives for us .
-Don

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

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 08:24 PM

The precesion here is outstanding and the design is spot on! A good song for the video would be “In the air tonight” by GENISIS.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 08:29 PM

Good song Cozmos. My own vote for a song would be “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” That song’s guitar licks sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. Very chilling, but in a good way.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 04-09-2012 08:33 PM

That is a knockout box. I have always wanted to do some kind of shuttle box for a grandson but my mind ran too realistic and I couldn’t get my brain around it. The abstractness of this box is the nudge I needed. Thanks for posting.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#11 posted 04-09-2012 08:35 PM

Interesting. We all seem to be associating different tunes here. The power of music is indeed great in stirring our emotions. It was for me in the design of this project. When I awoke from the dream, at 2am, the design came to me very quickly. I thought I might forget it all but hearing the track again the following day brought it all, including the design, back clearly and immediately.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#12 posted 04-09-2012 08:37 PM

May I join you in paying respect and tribute to our lost heroes, Martyn. It was a sad event, but through their loss we are now in a better world in many ways. Thank you for expressing it for us, Martyn.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#13 posted 04-09-2012 08:55 PM

Smells and sounds trigger more memories and sensations than anything. In my area of the country, we have the great lakes. Our largest lake, Superior, swallowed the freighter ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald. Kind of the freshwater version of the sinking of the Titanic. Gordon Lightfoot created a ballad in memory of the tragedy. I can’t listen to that song without feeling the waves pulling me under. One of the many aspects of your work that I love, Martyn, is how you associate your musical tastes with your creations. Definitely adds more dimension to your creations.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 04-09-2012 08:55 PM

Very nice Martyn, very nice!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 04-09-2012 09:03 PM

Fabulous…just fabulous.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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