Sad passing of a work colleague deserves a memorial trophy

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In line with adding my past work first, here is a memorial trophy I made for a young apprentice that worked for Cummins Perth – he passed away from Diabetes and his parents lived in New Zealand.
So I took some photos of the machines he worked on and used photo shop to create a line drawing of the images. Then I had the drawings laser etched onto a piece of thick glass.
I turned up some pillars on an old lathe and made the base and pediment using a router, a back board was necessary for stability and for the etching to be highlighted.
Finnish is satin varnish.
Wood is Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata).


Below is the parents response on receiving the memorial.

Dear Peter, Management and employees of Cummins

Rod’s memorial trophy arrived yesterday and we were just blown away when we opened up the carton!! You have all done a marvellous job in the making of it.
We didn’t quite know what to expect, but this exceeds anything we had thought of. Perhaps a framed plaque was what we had in mind!!
The etching of the motor and the huge construction vehicle are just amazing.
Please pass on to everyone involved a huge thank you for the thought and effort that went into making this trophy – words really cannot express adequately how we feel.
Thank you all too, for holding Rod in such high esteem – it makes us, as parents, very proud.
We just wish he hadn’t been quite so modest about what he did when he was with you – we were only told, and I quote “I make engines for trucks at Cummins”. An understatement, to say the least.!
He obviously had lots of ability doing what he did, which we really didn’t appreciate, being so far away, although from a small boy, his passion was for cars, trucks and anything mechanical and he always wanted to be “a mechanic”. He certainly achieved that.
Once again, our sincere thanks to you all for everything you have done to preserve Rod’s memory. We will never forget you.
The trophy has pride of place in our hallway for all to see!!
Warmest regards

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 12:36 PM

that is really wonderful. :) His parents must have been so proud, you can see it in their letter. It’s a really stately trophy.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 02:14 PM

Very thoughtful and great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 12:54 AM

What a wonderful and thoughtful tribute. The letter from his parents says it all. Ya done VERY good here!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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