The glowforge is an amazing too that can create things that no one else has created - because of that, there are a lot of people that have seen what I’ve done and have wanted me to do something for them. While I’m not necessarily ready to start taking on many commissions, this one is probably the most special thus far.
Recently there was an accident in my town involving a truck rolling and a high school senior passing away as a result. The many communities near by are relatively close so this sort of news travels quickly, but it wasn’t anybody I knew. I work at a bank, and much like any other place that a high volume of people pass through, we tend to hear a lot about what’s going on. I figured I would eventually hear more about it, and a few days after the accident one of my regulars came in to ask if I was still doing my “laser stuff” (what most people refer to it as ) and I told her of course. That’s when she told me that it was her younger brother who recently passed away in the accident and if I would be willing to make a few tie pins for her family with his name.
I couldn’t imagine not using this tool to help her and agreed immediately. While it may not be the flashiest or most awe inspiring project from a forge unit, I find myself being incredibly humbled and grateful that I’m able to do these types of things for people. I’ve spent most of my life wanting to be a good person and doing good people things, and this has helped in that journey. Anyway, she hasn’t seen them yet, but I’m hoping she loves them. Thanks for stopping by, and for those of you who are the curious type: Medium maple plywood for the name, and a double layer of stick glued shimmery white cardstock for the wings. I used 700 speed with 20 power for the engrave on the wings, and while I probably should have used less, I used full power with 500 speed on the cutting of them. I didn’t use any sort of protection/masking on the face for the engrave and tried reducing char on the back by using masking, but I believe because of the full power I still got a bit of char. Not as bad as my initial test, but still there, luckily it’s only a holder and not necessary for the final usable project.
Update: Both her and her mother loved them! She said she was having to hold back tears but that her joy of how good they turned out was balancing out the sadness. So that’s a win in my book!