|Project by DonDA||posted 04-07-2014 11:26 PM||849 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
First, thanks to Lawrence for his posts about making helmet cases. When I saw them I knew I had to make one for my son-in-law. I didn’t have a power carver, so had to do it the old fashion way – relief carve it by hand. I drew it in sketchup, then printed the inscription full size, traced the letters with carbon paper and started carving. About 40 hours later I had the name inscription done. The wood is Peruvian walnut, which was quite easy to carve. The case was dyed Georgian cherry per his request, then urethane. The letters didn’t have enough contrast at first. So I was going to paint them with a complimentary color. After I sanded the urethane off the letters my son-in-law liked the look of the bare wood, so that is how we left it. I am going to finish a glass case like Lawrence did also, but getting the glass etched with his squadron logo and flight surgeon logo for two sides.
-- Don, Saginaw Mi