A good friend of mine Don, who used to live here in Japan and his wife Miyoko and family moved back to the US a few years ago. His wife is Japanese, he father lived here until he passed away a few years ago. Miyoko is now in the process of clearing up her father's estate, this involves selling some property. One thing that is to be sold is the family home. It is a very old Japanese style home, with lots of wood, in fact it is a beautiful old house, but, it is in poor condition, and it will be torn down. There is some beautiful wood in the home, but I'm not sure I could make proper lumber out of much of it, a lot of the main beams etc are huge, but as they were placed green and then let dry over the many years most of these are full of cracks, this is very common in timber frame construction. Miyoko has asked me to take some of the wood and build something as a reminder of the family home. I'm kind of stumped as to what to make, so I'm looking for ideas. Two that I've come up with are picture frames and some small boxes of some sort. The other thing is that I can't really make large items, as they will have to be shipped to the USA from Japan.
I'm hoping to go out to the site soon and have a look at what is there, when the house is demolished I'll get the crew to put aside the wood I select and I'll go and pick it up later.
OK if you have some ideas, I'm all ears