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Project by patron posted 11-19-2011 08:58 AM 6348 views 5 times favorited 83 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a box for my longest and best friend thru life
my older and only sister judy
who passed away 30 days ago

here she is in her prime

she is survived by her three children
and two brothers

i wanted to make something for her daughter marcia
to hold the ashes in till we can get together this next may
and say goodby in a proper way together

judy always excelled at everything we did growing up
always smarter
always faster
she got the ribbons

so i made this ‘ribbon box’ for marcia
to remember her mother by
something to keep all those things she cherishes
with her mom

the box itself is made from

the top is all maple and is ‘ribbon-ed’ too
i wanted it to reflect the infinite ways judy thought and lived
and the way she felt about things
kind of all interwoven together
yet distinct and separate and different

marcia : i hope you like this
and fill it with the things you love with your mother
that that joy you have in your heart blossoms
and your memories carry you to a better place

we were not raised religious
but each in our own path found purpose and meaning in life
whether love
or God
we all care
and conduct ourselves with dignity and truth

my last words to judy

and her last to me

-- 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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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 09:07 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Its hard to come up with words at a time like this to comfort you. The box is really nice. Beautiful design. Her daughter will love it.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 09:13 AM

Hi David, the box is magnificently perfect, it is BEAUTIFUL. Judy would be so proud and honoured. I am so very sorry for your loss David, I know she meant the world to you.

Thank you for sharing this amazing work of art David.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 09:18 AM

thank you both for the comfort in this time

our road was long and rocky

but in the end

‘i love you ‘

says it all

-- 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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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 09:20 AM

David, What an outstanding box you have dedicated to Judy. Her daughter will be so pleased with it and treasure it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 09:24 AM

thank you roger

marcia and i have opened new lines of communication
long overdue

i look forward to may
and our resolve in this together

-- 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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#6 posted 11-19-2011 09:26 AM

Condolences to you and the rest of the family.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 09:54 AM

David, that is a beautiful box to hold memories. I am sorry for your loss,
and the pain I know you must feel. As we grow older we learn more about
grief. Marcia, will carry that box with a few scraps and treasures, and after
she passes on some Great grand children will wounder about the box, Judy,
and about Marcia, and what she thought and felt as she looked Thur the
scraps, and treasures in the box. They might feel the pain Marcia, had for the
passing of Judy, and say, “Grandma, always liked to talk about Grandma Judy.”

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 11-19-2011 09:55 AM

I share your sorrow and I admire your resolve… I hope all goes well …Condolences my friend…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 11-19-2011 10:30 AM

Condolences to you David, i’m sorry for your loss. That box is really really nice.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#10 posted 11-19-2011 10:53 AM

I´m sorry you have lost a fammilly member a true freind to you
our condolences to you and your fammily

best thoughts
Silke , Mona and Dennis

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#11 posted 11-19-2011 11:00 AM

May your heart find comfort and peace

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#12 posted 11-19-2011 12:30 PM

David, condolences on the loss of your sister.

The box is beautiful. It’s plain to see that you put your heart into it to show the way you best knew and loved her. I’m sure Judy would have loved it and that Marcia will accept it for the love and care that went into its making.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#13 posted 11-19-2011 12:53 PM


Beautiful box, and beautiful sister.
Sorry for your loss.

-- Steve--

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#14 posted 11-19-2011 01:35 PM

Lovely box for a lovely woman. She would be proud of you.
You have given her the gift of your talents… may she rest in peace.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 11-19-2011 02:08 PM

So very sorry for your loss David.
The box is a beautiful gift that I’m sure will be treasured.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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