|Project by Doe||posted 12-26-2012 01:13 PM||1153 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
A woman I work with asked me to make a mezuzah as a wedding gift for an orthodox Jewish couple. It’s figured maple and the design is like a Torah roller, which is used with Torah scrolls. It’s about five inches long and the inside is about three and a half inches (I don’t remember the measurements). The character is a silver letter shin which is the first letter in the name of God The mezuzah is hollow and contains a parchment scroll inside, and I used a box ring to access it.
I went through several versions to be able to open the mezuzah because it’s really important to protect the parchment inside. The store bought ones use a brass insert that have a slot to unscrew it and I spent a long time trying to find something similar to adapt for the purpose, like cutting down a silicon wine stopper but it was too wobbly. I haven’t tried thread chasing yet so that wasn’t an option.
Jews have mezuzahs at an angle on the right side of doorways into rooms that are lived in, and some Jews just have them outside the front door only. The parchment contains verses from the Torah and it needs to be inspected for damage at least twice in seven years so it needs to be opened. Here’s a link for more information: http://www.judaica-guide.com/mezuzah/
I have no idea how many hours I spent on this and I was often worried about giving the scroll a safe container and the proper respect it needs. But it was all worth it. I’m going to keep looking for the hardware and I’d like to try using veneers; I have some brass curls that I’d like to embed as the letter shin. I have lots of ideas . . .
Thanks for looking.
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