|Project by Milton Toal||posted 02-13-2013 04:53 AM||1237 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
Thanks to Judy Gale Roberts et al for the inspiration. We lost a grandson at 6 weeks. Every year since, my Wife Elaine and I have bought a bear ornament for the Christmas tree. This year Jarrod would have been 18 so I decided to make it special. Panic set in when three days from Christmas the Tasmanian Cheesewood (the white wood) that I bought at auction at the end of October had still not arrived. The whole thing is just about 8 cm tall. The red of the hat, jacket and trousers is Western Red Cedar as I had no Padauk at the time. The face, ear and buckle are Cypress Pine, the gloves, belt and nose button are American Walnut, the eyes are ebony dowels turned in the drill press from ex piano keys, the shoe uppers are Australian Red Gum, the nose and chin and soles are Sandalwood and the bag is Messmate.
Very challenging, very rewardable and my daughter paraded it around the room to the entire family before hanging it on the tree.
Christmas is for giving, it really is and the old adage that it is better to give than to receive really came home to me.
-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.