Hardest thing I've ever made

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Project by FrankA posted 03-21-2008 07:45 PM 2451 views 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was not the most advanced or technical but for me it was the most difficult. It is a grave marker for my shop buddy of 16yrs. If I was in the shop he was under my feet, if I was working on the car he was laying in the oil. I know to many people he was just a dog, but to me this week we lost a family member.
This piece of walnut was purchased with another project in mind that I hoped to show here but I thought this was a better use.
Sorry if this is not the type of project that belongs here but I wanted to show someone.

1991 – 2008

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 08:01 PM

It absolutly belongs here. It is a beautiful tribute. I am truely sorry for the loss of a friend and family member. I’m a dog guy myself so I know where you are coming from.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#2 posted 03-21-2008 08:01 PM

I completely understand, sorry to hear about your loss. Dogs are more than just dogs to the people that they love, I loss my shop helper back in Oct to a truck that who’s picture is on my logo.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-21-2008 08:07 PM

Hi Frank

I am of the belief that Love is Love. I believe that the chance to love is a gift that opens our hearts, minds and souls to the posibility of being more than we would expect of ourselves. Love pushes us to care more than we though we could, share more than we thought we could and sometimes hurt more than we thought we could.

That wasn’t just a dog, buddy was one of the ways love came to you. You aren’t mourning a dog, you are mourning the loss of the most precious gift. Love. I am sorry for your loss.

1 John 4:7

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-21-2008 08:20 PM


Thank you for the post. This is a wonderful post and a beautiful piece done in remembrance of Buddy. These guys ask very little of us and respond only with unwavering love. They are always glad to see us irrespective of the daily circumstances. Deciding when to let them go is a one of the most difficult tasks that we must face when we decide to add these guys to our family but it is a decision that inevitably must be faced. But the pain that arises out of their passing is more than compensated by the treasure trove of memories that they build in our lives.

I am truly sorry for your loss but I do appreciate you for sharing this and I understand the pain and grief you are feeling at this time.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-21-2008 08:25 PM

sorry about your loss :(
a beautiful tribute

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 03-21-2008 08:35 PM

Rest in peace, dear companion.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-21-2008 08:36 PM

Oh Frank, I’m so sorry. What a great tribute to your shop buddy. How wonderful that you made a cross for him with your own hands, a true labor of love. I have tears in my eyes and my heart aches for you.

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#8 posted 03-21-2008 08:51 PM

Frank, I think this is exactly where this post belongs. I’ve got my shop buddy as well (Boo) who is with me as much as she can be – at the office, in the truck, on a hike or in the shop. Truly sorry for your loss, thanks for sharing.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#9 posted 03-21-2008 08:59 PM

The beauty of a project is as much in the story it tells as the quality of the wood or work. Pets are a big part of any family and to my way of thinking deserve to be remembered. This is a quality piece of work and a fitting tribute.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 03-21-2008 09:05 PM

I think that is a very nice tribute to your “best friend”. I know and truly understand what you’re going through. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a dog in my life. It’s never easy to let one go. They are more like “family” than some actual family members (at least in my case). All I can offer is that “you never get over it”...... but it does get easier on you. My thoughts are with you Frank.

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#11 posted 03-21-2008 09:14 PM

My condolences. I don’t think I’ve met a single Lumberjock around these parts who wouldn’t be more than willing to help share your pain.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 03-21-2008 09:34 PM

A fine tribute to a faithful woodworking companion of 17 years—wow. I understand completely that you used a fine piece of walnut for his marker—after all, he always gave you his best didn’t he?

-- SteveL

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#13 posted 03-21-2008 10:15 PM

Frank your tribute to a member of your family definitely belongs here.
Sorry for your loss.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#14 posted 03-21-2008 11:46 PM

They say we have a new word in the English language- Furkid. Our pets have become so much like our own kids that them or us seem to know the difference. Dogs are the best friends you can have. They love you unconditionally. It is hard to make a marker for a pet, even if it’s just a board with their name on it.

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#15 posted 03-21-2008 11:50 PM

Sorry for the loss of your friend. Much more than a dog. A member of the family.

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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