Thunderbird pendant

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Project by rilanda posted 07-19-2012 05:24 PM 926 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pendant for a very good friend of mine who has been fighting a battle with cancer for the last few months, pleased to say that the cancer is now in remission. He has had a lifelong interest in the American Indian and had always wanted a Thunderbird pendant but never been able to locate one. He downloaded a photograph of one and with a little magic I proportionately reduced it to a pendant size, produced a drawing and made him what you see here in these two photo’s. The piece is laminated from different species of timber; back was made from Goncalo Alves veneer; core was Japanese Sen; Face was Amboyna Burr; the button centre is Ebony. The complete pendant is only 5 mm thick and cross laminated to provide strength. The item is small, no more than 65mm square and laminated by hand using PVA adhesive, fret cut by hand using a small piercing saw fitted with a very fine blade; finally carved by hand using a small amount of Bluetac to hold the pendant to a flat surface and a 60deg Vee shaped carving chisel. The item took about two hours to make including cleaning up, it was finished using 3 spray coats of acrylic clear lacquer. A small amount of time for a good mate, the look on his face when I gave it to him was priceless. He has now threaded it with a leather thong and wears it proudly on a daily basis. Nice to know that you can use your skills to give someone so much pleasure.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 05:36 PM

That is a really nice looking pendant.

-- Robert New Mexico

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 06:48 PM

really like the pendant but I like the story behind the pendant even better. As you said its nice to be able to make someone a gift of a lifetime. You are blessed my friend to be able to do this kind of work and blessed even more to have friends that appreciate your talent.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 09:59 PM

It’s nice you did this for your friend and my name is Nimkee and I will put down my tobacco for him and ask that he stays in remission and for you beening friend to him and giving him the happens he need at , hard time in his life .
I do not know him but the whey you talk he is a good men and so are you take care .
Baamaapii ( till next time ) Nimkee
My name = Thunder

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 11:48 PM

Wonderful gift. Looks great.

-- I never finish anyth

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