Well, I got a chance to get in the shop today for a couple of hours. I'm making a couple of table lamps for the house. One will be bubinga and the other home grown cherry.
I managed to first clean up a little, just dust and a few cob webs. I was able to cut the base and the top for the bubinga lamp, but had to go dig out some more cherry to cut the base and top for the cherry lamp. I only cut one piece twice and both times it was too short.
I also pulled out another cherry board that I'm considering using to build a shadow box for a dear friend that passed away on July 28th of this year. He and I have known each other for about 18 years and we met on the golf course way back when. We became close friends and golf buddies. He passed on his birthday. He turned 67 on July 28th. He died from heart disease and heart failure. He never married, so the only family he had was three brothers, whom he was not fond of. It had to do with the way the three treated their parents. Dan retired at about 42 and moved back to Wisconsin to help his parents who had been life long farmers. His brothers very rarely visited and this bothered Dan. Dan retired because he could after 20+ years of working back east as a VP for a well known multi-national company and he wanted to come back to help his folks.
He named another friend of his, that he has known for about 30 years and my self as co-executors of his will. We are in the process of trying to take care of his wishes in his will. He was a legal resident of Nevada where he spent the winters and then returning to Wisconsin, usually in late April or early May until right after the gun deer hunt. That starts next Saturday November 23rd. He would have a big spread the Friday night before for all the people he invited up to hunt his land, usually 8-10 people. I would make him about 10 gallons of beef noodle soup and do about 15 pounds of roast beef sliced thin for sandwiches during the week. He always saved several containers of the soup and some of the beef in his freezer. He would take a few to Vegas and the rest he would keep in Wisconsin for when he returned in the spring.
We are awaiting his will to be probated in Las Vegas and then we have to have the will probated in Wisconsin as his land here [about 400 acres] will be going to friends so that the deer hunt tradition can continue.
I found my friend on the Monday morning after his birthday and it's been pretty hard, but now as we get near the gun deer hunt it is really weighing on my mind. There are so many good memories of our time together playing golf, going to various casinos and just getting together to shoot the breeze.
I am building the shadow box for him as a memorial. He had a dozen or more vintage golf clubs, most hickory shafted and I have chosen two of them to display in the shadow box along with a picture and some words denoting him as the first member of Trappers Turn Golf Club way back in 1992. I haven't firmed up the wood I will use yet, but I'm thinking it will be home grown cherry, home grown maple, walnut or I do have some Jatoba and bubinga, bloodwood and purpleheart. The finished product will be displayed at Trappers Turn for all to see, so I want it to be good enough that Dan would be proud of what I did in his honor.
While I have a preliminary drawing of the shadow box [this is when I wish I knew how Sketch Up works] any suggestions on design or choice of wood will be taken into consideration.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. It's the first I've really told anyone other than my immediate family.