|Project by Woodbridge||posted 12-14-2012 02:03 AM||1858 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
Do It Anyway
Prior to retiring this year a colleague gave me a passage that was on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta directed by Mother Teresa.
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you; Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight; Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten; Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
Although widely attributed to Mother Teresa the original version of the passage, titled the The Paradoxical Commandments was written in 1968 by Kent Keith a 19 year old Harvard College student.
My colleague is involved with a charity that supports an orphanage in Ecuador and he asked if I could make a large plaque of this passage. I had never carved letters before so I thought this would be a good way to try something new. I also thought it might provide a good reason to buy a CNC carving machine, but in the end I decided to forego another new workshop toy and carved all 636 letters by hand.
The plaque is made up of nine panels each about 14” by 14”. I used birch for the panel simply because it was readily available from the local big box store. This was a decision I would regret. The panels were joined together with biscuits. A walnut circle and strips were inlaid into the birch panels.
I also carved two decorative banners for the top and bottom. Finally I took a stab at a figurative relief carving of Mother Teresa that is inlaid into the plaque. The carving is based on a drawing downloaded from the internet and is carved from basswood. This is my first attempt at a figurative relief carving.
I knew Birch was prone to blotching and I had thought that using dye instead of pigment stain would be the solution. Unfortunately this did not work very well and the result was a horrible mess. I sanded most of it out and tried a pre-stain conditioner with an oil stain. This did not work very well either. I sanded most of it out, but it still looked pretty horrible. In the end I had to cover the panels with the paint you see and a top coat of satin finish spray lacquer.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario