Mahogany, with Yellowheart and Walnut inlay, and engraving. An “urn” for the ashes of a battle buddy’s father.
A serious stretch of my skills, as well as under a time crunch. Despite flaws (I’m a perfectionist, I can’t help but see them), I’m pretty happy. Did some new things (engraving on already cut pieces YIPES). And did some things non-logical ways that did eventually work.
Knotwork was chosen by the recipients, and edited by me to be cuttable without breaking.
Silhouette is from an actual older photo, adjusted and lifted and rebuilt to make a clear cuttable image.
Lake scene was drawn by me and engraved, when I couldn’t get the background of the photo (which was just water) to be laser functional.
Sign is sketched using a photo as reference.
30 hours of work (plus drying times for glue and poly) started with call on Thursday evening and needing to be in Wisconsin by the end of Tuesday. Involved a trip to the wood store for the mahogany (thank goodness they had the resaw table set up). Also, overnight shipping is RIDICULOUS.
Apparently the photos made the recipient cry in a good way, so I think I can breathe again.
Some things are worth all the time, effort and money and what a beautiful thing you did for your friend and his father. Any flaws (real and/or imagined) make the piece more human. Perfection is boring.