It’s FORCE FRIDAY and I have a Star Wars story for you. And a Glowforge project from a galaxy far, far, away, natch.
Back in fall of 2015, my boyfriend Kyle and I had just moved to Seattle from Bainbridge Island, so I could quit my twice daily (beautiful, lovely, but undesirable) ferry commute. Kyle had just been offered a new job in the city and since it was right before the holidays, he ended up having a few extra weeks between gigs. And I wasn’t around much, because I was working at this crazy startup that had just finished up a crowdfunding campaign that was keeping me pretty busy.
Right around this same time a little sci-fi franchise you might have heard of was releasing its newest installment, The Force Awakens. To celebrate, local tech news site Geekwire was hosting a contest to find the “biggest Star Wars fan in Seattle” to receive the very last ticket to a sold-out Star Wars movie marathon at Cinerama, the coolest movie theatre in Seattle. We’re talking seven movies in a row. And they have chocolate popcorn at this theatre.
Now…Kyle and I are both Star Wars fans (I had this sweet Anakin Skywalker poster on my wall when most girls had NSYNC-era Justin Timberlake), but he’s taken it a step further by permanently tattooing a Han Solo quote on his body.
He wrote in just minutes before the contest ended to say, “I know you probably got a lot of entries, but like the tattoo across my back says - ‘never tell me the odds!’”
So he won. I’m very proud to be dating the Geekwire-proclaimed Biggest Star Wars fan in Seattle. And I’m very proud to still be working at this crazy startup.
Kyle recently found me THE Anakin poster of my childhood to hang in our apartment - and I know this was a true sacrifice on his part because now people might think he likes The Phantom Menace. (In all seriousness, we were about 10 years old when that one came out, so baby Anakin was a heartthrob and Jar Jar Binks humor was right up our alley. NO SHAME.)
It’s #ForceFriday today, and I wanted to make Kyle something more true to his appreciation of the original films. The A New Hope poster from 1977 is inarguably iconic. I’ve seen in on many mediums, from coffee mugs to tshirts, but never in wood. So, we grabbed a piece of Proofgrade maple hardwood and ended up with this beautiful engraved mini-poster. I love the subtle marbling of the grain in the lower portion, and especially love how awesome and nearly-glowing the lightsabers look contrasted with the dark engrave background.
May the Force be with you, and TGIFF, one and al!