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I tended to work for speed on this one, rather obsessively… Made not-a-few mistakes because of it…
It was made while my Mom’s health declined, and it helped me to lose my cares and concerns (for at least little whiles).
I finished it on Monday night.
My Mother, Maureen, passed away earlier that same day.
We laid her to rest this morning, and it was a testament to her kind and gentle nature, that all of the Friends and Family that attended her Funeral Mass felt her passing so deeply and personally.
This box was not made to house her ashes, my Mother did not wish to be cremated.
Instead, I’d like to think that it houses a son’s emotions of care and worry at the loss of his mother, and his joys at a lifetime of memories… It is empty, yet full…
Oddly, though it was built during a traumatic time, it gave me a great deal of pleasure, satisfaction, and comfort to make…
Thank you for taking a peek my Friends and don’t forget, that if you love somebody, tell them

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

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 04:18 AM

God bless

a great box to hold your feelings
and memories

that’s quite a piano hinge
well done

-- 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 01-26-2012 04:19 AM

Lovely box… lovely story…lots of memories inside the box..
It really caught me by surprise as I opened the page.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 04:20 AM

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I think the way you are looking at the beautiful box you made is very appropriate – “housing a son’s emotions of care and worry at the loss of his mother.” What a beautiful keepsake you have made for yourself to hold your memories. It is certainly full. And it will be something to remind you of all of those wonderful memories each and every time you gaze upon it. I think it is a beautiful and touching gift to yourself and an honor to your mother. Take care my friend.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 04:23 AM

Hi Mike,
Beautiful design! I like best the hinges that matches the color of the top. There is also an everlasting memoirs in it. Keep it going as it last forever.
My condolences and I do pray for your comfort and same with your love ones.
God bless,

-- Bert

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 04:27 AM


You have had a really rough time of it over the past year or so. Mimi and I send you and Debbie our prayers and hopes for a brighter future.

Be well my friend.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 04:48 AM

A very cool box and a great design.

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 04:49 AM

That is beautiful, in many ways.

I am so sorry for your loss.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 05:05 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Great project posting and story. Regards Dan

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 05:26 AM

This box will always hold special meaning for you. May you come to associate the good times with it, and remember them whenever you look at it. This is the first time I have seen hinges done like this. Very nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 05:45 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother Mike. As my cousin said at her dad’s funeral, “I don’t know how to live without a dad, but I guess I’m about to learn.” Guess it is getting to be that time of life for all of us.

Great project that you can treasure for ever. Glad you have good memories of your mom. Too many do not. The people next door are raising a grandson.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-26-2012 06:24 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. The box you made is a beautiful tribute to your mom and the love you will always have for her.

God bless you.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#12 posted 01-26-2012 06:29 AM

Lose a mother, gain a box…. Doesn’t really seem like a fair trade. At least, not until you open the box a year or so down the road and enjoy all of the memories you have of her. Maybe a photo box with pictures of her, your father and you?
Sorry for your loss, Mike.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#13 posted 01-26-2012 07:34 AM

True beauty from inside and out! We all have a tear ready for that day) More like a waterfall. Every day seems more valuable now, make cool stuff but tell em ya love em all ya can. Nice work Mike!

-- $tudie

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#14 posted 01-26-2012 08:56 AM

Sorry to hear about your mom.

I feel sad for you.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 01-26-2012 09:30 AM

This is beautiful my friend. God bless you.


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