|Project by Mark||posted 02-02-2013 09:15 AM||577 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Greetings to all,
I’ve been snooping around LumberJocks for several years. And I finally decided to join and share a project that was very meaningful to me.
I’ve read some of the projects where members have lost a loved one and have built items in memory of the loved one. I lost my father unexpectedly April 2012. To honor him I built 4 credence tables for his church. The photos I’ve attached are lousiy and don’t show the beautiful grain of the Red Oak. I’m not much of a Red Oak person, but I was very happy with these. The church is using 2 of them on the altar, one of them in the baptismal sacristy and the 4th on standby.
Most of my projects over the last few years have been a process of just unconsciously doing the work. But because these were special to me each and everytime I worked on them I tried to follow the Benedictine motto of “prayer through work”. I didn’t always succeed, especially during the finishing process. In fact I admit there was a couple of words that came out that is in no prayers that I know of. I imagine my Dad might want to discuss that with me when we meet again.
I didn’t take any photos of it but the underside of the table top has been signed by my family with messages to my father. If he was here he’d tell me “oh hell Mark why’d you go do something like that?”. He was a quiet and humble man. Never liked the spotlight. Keep your head down and do your work kind of man. Whatever work that may be. I hope that he would like this work.
A close friend told me after he died that losing a parent will change your life for the rest of it. He is right. I miss you Pops.