One of our past vice presidents of our woodworking club past away and his wife called me to see about getting rid of his wood stash. There was some alder Walnut and aromatic cedar. the holly was in a box and it looked more or less like firewood. We bought the lot from her including the Holly. It was a shrub they had cut down several years ago and he had resawed it into slabs, coated it all 4 sides with paraffin and put it in a box in the back of the shop. When it dried,it twisted every direction, it was a real challenge to figure out what to make out of it. I still have some that I am pondering what to make.
These are the kind of projects you give to people you love. Long after you're gone, they'll think of you when they see it. You might have a small plaque engraved with your name, date and a brief saying to remember you by. Those are really beautiful and I agree with Stick that the horizontal one in particular needs some small gauges.
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