Give him a salute from another Viet Nam vet. I wouldn't worry to much about exact duplicates. I have a mentor and friend who has turned for 60 yrs and he told me don't worry about pieces not being exact. You are human and they are hand made. As Mike said the love you pour into making these and the thought that goes into these will mean a lot.
Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day
and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home – forever.”
To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.