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Forum topic by Roger posted 01-14-2015 12:38 AM 1363 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Roger

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01-14-2015 12:38 AM

My fellow LJ’s. I’m asking you all for any and all idea/s. It is a hard task, but, I cannot think so I’d like your help. A very close friend of mine lost her husband on New Years Eve of 2014. First let me know if this is or sounds odd, but, I am really stumped because I feel terrible, and would like to give her something in memory of him. I’d like it to be small enough for her to possibly carry around with her, or in her purse, or even on her person. She does make her own jewelry, and I have made her some wood beads to add to some of her creations. As I was typing this, my wife gave me an idea of a small locket of some sort, which has my small brain thinking, (you may see a smoke cloud forming over Kentucky). Anyhoo, thanks for any and all ideas and thoughts. I appreciate you all.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com


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recycle1943

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 12:44 AM

If you have the talent, you could carve a menehune for her keychain.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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greg48

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 12:45 AM

Roger,
I would go with the wife’s intuition. Perhaps a lidded or glass front locket with a picture of the departed. The locket inset into a nice wooden turning.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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boxcarmarty

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 12:47 AM

Um, Sorry Roger, I’m empty. What was his main interest? Maybe something of a reminder of that….

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 01-14-2015 12:55 AM

This is a thought for you Roger

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/72134

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Handtooler

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#5 posted 01-14-2015 01:04 AM

If you scroll, maybe a disc about the size of a silver dollar or smaller to either wear of on a pocket book attachment. Pattern depending on the religion or his career logo or such. I’ll bet Sheila Landry can help with a pattern idea.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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huff

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#6 posted 01-14-2015 01:05 AM

Roger, Your heart boxes are beautiful; could you do a smaller version as a pendant? If not, even though it would be larger, a memory box is always special to someone that’s lost a loved one.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 01-14-2015 01:11 AM

Perhaps an engraving on a disc or suitable shape with a wood surround.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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pjones46

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#8 posted 01-14-2015 01:19 AM

Roger,

I go with your wifes idea, a small locket in the shape if a heart, something like the boxes you have made.

Paul

-- Respectfully, Paul

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UncleStumpy

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 01:28 AM

Good idea to ask your LJ buds.

I once made a heart shaped pendant from Bloodwood for my wife and she still wears it all the time. It’s not flat but has a 3D look to it.
I also made a cross from Olivewood that I actually got from a seller in Jerusalem (Ebay) for a friend whose sister was trying to kick a drug habit.
Your friend loves making jewelry and I’m positive she loves wearing it too. She is a woman after all, so I would go with a pendant.
I hope you get some great ideas!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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CFrye

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#10 posted 01-14-2015 01:59 AM

Roger, hubby made a heart out of purple heart that I keep in my car similar to this one he gave me for Christmas. It’s about 2” tall x 1.5” wide.

-- God bless, Candy

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nayo

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#11 posted 01-14-2015 02:03 AM

Something like a guitar pick holder but round instead, in the front the name of the person and inside little wooden disks with something like love, hope, joy.
just an idea, dunno how practical will it be but who knows, maybe it helps you with your own idea.

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HillbillyShooter

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#12 posted 01-14-2015 03:11 AM

I like the idea of a small, carved heart made of Bloodwood.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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tyvekboy

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#13 posted 01-14-2015 04:38 AM

Why does it have to be small?

If he was a veteran, why not a flag case? This always goes over well. I’ve given a few away and they’ve always been appreciated.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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peteg

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#14 posted 01-14-2015 06:28 AM

Not tooo good with this type of challenge Roger, but man you have to feel for the poor soul, can only hope she has all the support to help her thru, you’re a good man Roger, just hope some of the guys can come up with a goodin for you
Cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 01-14-2015 09:26 AM

I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. I find that as I am getting older, more and more people nearer to my own age are passing away. I suppose it is part of life, but really makes me sad.

I don’t have an idea for something ‘small’, but one of our friends from my painting group also recently lost her husband. She loved to garden so what our group came up with was to send her a beautiful pavement stone for her garden in memory of her husband. Apparently they personalize them and make them of concrete or resin.

I thought this was a wonderful idea, as it was a lasting tribute to him in a place where she would be doing what she loved. It would have never occurred to me to give something like that. One also mentioned that she could use a stand and keep it indoors if she wished. I thought that was a nice option as well.

Take care, my friend. I know your heart is heavy but I am sure she is grateful for your friendship and care. I know you will come up with something beautiful that she will cherish. ((HUGS))

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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