Memorial Christmas gift & first wood burning attempt

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Project by James Alberding posted 12-27-2013 11:30 AM 1472 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my grandmothers christmas gift. The original idea was to make a memorial to hang in my grandfathers sailboat SV Red Shift.

This was my first attempt at wood burning and involved some trial and error on the image transfer.

The first attempt, I used a matt gel medium transfer. I screwed up and had to scrape everything off with a razor blade and try again.

The second attempt I used a heat transfer, with a clothes iron. It took alot of time and concentrated pressure to get a solid transfer because the razor blade pitted the wood in a few places.

For the wood burning I drew all of the elements onto tracing paper. And once I had what I wanted I would trace it on the reverse side and transfer the pencil to the wood by rubbing over the lines with my thumb or the plastic clip on my mechanical pencil and finally finished it with my wood burner.

The quote was the final words of my grandfather before he passed away. He was a great sailor, and a passionate racer.

He died of cancer after a failed bone marrow transplant. He fell ill toward the end of construction of the house he and my grandmother had built on the waterfront land they purchased and held on to for years until they both retired.

After a long fight to have him released from the hospital we brought him to the new home. The following morning my grandmother sat beside his bed holding his hand while they looked out at the small bay and his boat moored on still water. He asked her what the depth is and she didn’t understand what he ment. Then he raised his voice with urgency and yelled, “Mabel, how deep is the water? Are we going to run aground!?”

He did not die in a bed looking out of a window as his body shut down. In his reality he was doing the thing he loved the most, with the woman he loved. And will forever be sailing.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 12:09 PM

Looks good!


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#2 posted 12-27-2013 01:34 PM

Very nice memorial to your grandfather—both your project and your write up.

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 02:09 PM

Funny how the water gets in your veins and remains forever….. Nice story and fitting memorial.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 05:16 PM

THAT is a great project.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 11:17 PM

Thanks guys. It was a really fun thing to make. Pretty cathartic actually.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 10:58 PM

great job

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#7 posted 12-31-2013 11:09 PM

Thanks Dust4tears! you have some really nice projects too. I cant wait to get some more tips and get better at it.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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