Open Hands =My 1ST Carving

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Project by Rj posted 03-13-2010 12:07 AM 2571 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st carving and a gift for my Brother in law ,My sister in law “passed away” about 6 weeks ago and the rose was on her casket, she was 41 and left behind two daughters one being 8 yrs old and the other is 23, she just had a baby this year. We are all Very close and used to get together every other week for dinners Etc.
This was by far the hardest thing my family had to experiance so far .She passed away suddenly from a blood clot to the heart …one day she was here spreading joy to everyone the next day God welcomed her home .
I’m going to mount it on the Blue velvet thats in the pictures and make a free form frame for it , I was going to put it in a shadow box but i suggested it could also go in a picture type frame and my brother liked that idea better, he felt it would be seen better.
I will post more pictures when its finished.

Artists say hands are the hardest thing to do , I believe it now!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 12:20 AM

sorry for the family’s loss .

this is a very heart felt tribute ,

the love is evident !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 12:26 AM

Rj sorry for the family lose but that is a lovely tribute and very nice detail


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 12:27 AM

I agree with David in sending my condolences and congratulating you on such a fine tribute.

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 03-13-2010 12:50 AM

absolutely beautiful. A very nice remembrance.

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#5 posted 03-13-2010 01:12 AM

RJ you have my sincere condolences for your lose .Thats a nice tribute to your sister in law . I look forward to seeing the finished piece .

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#6 posted 03-13-2010 01:26 AM

Loseing a family member or friend is always hard, but if you keep them in your heart and mind they are with you forever. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. This project is as beautiful as the thought and effort behind it. I’m sure your brother and your sister in law both will be pleased with your kind and thoughtful gift. Good luck to you and yours.

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 01:45 AM

Hey Ron – I feel privileged to have been shown this great piece before your posting. You’ve done an excellent job on this, especially for being your first carving. This is a wonderful way to honor the memory of her. Great job my friend.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 03-13-2010 02:00 AM

My most sincere condolences to You and Your Family, my Friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers…
Your carving is very beautiful, both inspired and inspiring.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 03-13-2010 03:00 AM

it was great talking with you last night,,always a pleasure,
this piece is nothing but BEAUTIFUL,,,my thoughts the whole and prayers go out to the whole family

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#10 posted 03-13-2010 03:06 AM

RJ, I’m sorry for the family’s loss, losing someone close is always hard. I would guess working on a project like this gives you time to reflect on the great memories she left your family. Very nice work especially for your first carving.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 03-13-2010 03:07 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. An unexpected death is one of the hardest things to over come. This is a beautiful tribute to the one you loved and will greatly miss. You did a exquisite job on this piece. My thoughts and prayer go out to you and the family.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 03-13-2010 04:25 AM

Thank you for kind words everybody I really appreciate it!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#13 posted 03-13-2010 04:32 AM

Before reading your post I was amazed by how peaceful your carving made me feel .So sorry for your family’s loss. Wonderful work Ron.


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#14 posted 03-13-2010 05:06 AM

A fitting tribute to your sister in law with your first carving RJ. I am sorry for your loss. Sometimes God works in mysterious ways that we may never understand. We never ask questions why but thank him for the many joys your sister in law has brought into your lives and homes. God bless you and your family Rj.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#15 posted 03-13-2010 05:46 AM

Sorry for the loss, I glad that you’ve been able to create a lasting memorial.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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