|Project by DeLayne Peck||posted 09-13-2012 07:13 AM||2569 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
Some projects take on great meaning, significance, and irony. When our daughter-in-law-to-be planned to visit us for the first time, my wife and I wanted to give her something extrodinarily special.
An Army Sergeant 1st class and Chinook helicopter Crew Chief Instructor, she was just home from her deployment to Afghanistan. She had just concluded her eighth deployment including two combat tours, Iraq and Afghanistan. She came home without our son, her finacee. Also a Chinook Crew Chief, he was lost with 29 other Americans, his Air Guard crew and Navy Seals. Insurgents shot down their Chinook during a night interdiction mission.
No sympathy sought, this is a story about recovery. When the Curly Claro Walnut block I ordered arrived just a week before her arrival, it was encased in wax. Inside was gorgeous, wet wood. Desperate and fearful, I crafted the bandsaw heart against my better judgement. It was a beautiful presentation piece that withered and broke within a month. On a subsequent visit, I retrieved and began restoration of the keepsake.
Today, the walnut heart is back on a veteran’s night stand, restored, and full again. Its indued with far greater significance and meaning. Three withered, broken human hearts also followed a hard path to restoration and recovery.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.