Tree to tribute

Last Update: May 18, 2020

It was very sad... my partner's son died unexpectedly. I won't get into those details, and we held a ceremony last weekend so that part of grieving is over.

For my part, I created an urn to house his remains. After viewing hundreds of images and discussing what we might do to pay tribute to him, I settled on a piece of this tree. It fell in the woods behind his grandparents house. These woods were a well loved place for him as he was growing up.

Another part of this tribute piece was a bit of heartwood from a Live Oak tree that fell on their vacation property in Hilton Head SC.

To start, I had to locate my lathe tools. The lathe itself has been sitting in a corner of the shop languishing. Awaiting my urge to turn again. I located the tools, sharpened them and was ready to begin.

My calculation for capacity was 200 cubic inches. Roughly 6 inches in diameter and 7 inches tall. That is the inside.

The lathe is capable of a 12 inch diameter outside but a piece this size is heavy and initially the center of gravity isn't lined up. Heavy vibration and high torque are a pretty scary condition with a spinning piece. It was nerve wracking to start the piece and get it trued up to the centers.

Ultimately, I was able to work through it and hollow out the cavity, I kept the top live edge with bark attached and turned a separate top. The top decoration styled as an eternal flame was carved from the heart Oak.

I have to say, I think it is a fitting tribute to him.

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BensonE Premium
I'm so sorry for your loss. This is completely perfect, especially been created from the heart where our deepest connection lies.
He strongly believed he is up there saying, I'm so proud of you."
I know, it can be hard to believed it, been that the wound is still fresh, but I want to believed, he is in a better place up there, and watching over your family.
Please accept my condolence.

lynnsam61 Premium
This is a beautiful tribute to your partner's son. My condolences on your loss.

emerald860 Premium
So sorry for your loss, Craig. Condolences to your partner as well. What a beautiful piece you created. Made with love for sure.

Dmorrow Premium
What a beautiful tribute to your friend. Very fitting in several ways. How thoughtful of you.
Sorry for the loss of your friend.


megawinner Premium
Condolence. Great way to ease a little bit of pain.