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Thread: Big memories, small project

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas

    Big memories, small project

    Some of you may recall my occasional mentions of a friend, Len Dillion, who was a masters-master wood carver. Len died about three years ago. His widow died last month. She had offered me the contents of his workshop. I never went as it just didn't feel like the right thing to do. In the shop he had this diamond willow stick that I admired. Well, last week their children held a yard sale to get rid of 'things'. In the lot was this stick. Len had put a finish on it but never handled it. I'm sure if he had it would have been a great carving. Eagle or Wolf head or somthing similar.
    I bought it and put a handle on it. Not a carving, just simple turning from mahogany. Debated among OO, Walnut, Sugar Berry or this Mahagony.
    I don't need a cane but will put it with the others I have made for the day when I will/might need one.
    BTW, Len called his home and retirement business Diamond D. The name was for his wife, Dorothy who he often referred to has a diamond. Diamond Willow is appropriate.Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Very nice finish to the project Frank.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Nicely done, Frank. May it help keep the good memories flowing.
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  4. #4
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Looks good Frank. Very touching.
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  5. #5
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    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Great memories are hard to come by. Glad you could get something that will keep them sharp forever.

  6. #6
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I hope it continues to bring great memories Frank.

    I'm surprised the kids didn't want to keep it.
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  7. #7
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Glad you have a memory to keep and treasure to keep it fresh!
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Nice one Frank. Kinda looks like an Irish shilelagh. You could carry it as a nice cane but if the going got tough, put the bad guys for a six. Glad you went to the garage sale. Its tough when friends pass on.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well done frank,, sometimes our hesitance is a fault,, the family may not have had much reverence for his stuff as you did and it may have went by the wayside.. we all make tough choices in these situations...
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  10. #10
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Very nice Frank!
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