It’s the last day of The Wood Whisperer’s Woodworking Fighting Cancer – 2013 event and I just finished my easel and got it submitted about half an hour before the deadline. Hey, it’s still on time!
This is my first year participating in the WFC event. In years past it just didn’t call to me. Well, this year has changed that. In March of this year my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer – there is no stage 5. While the doctors say his treatment is going well and slowing the spread of the cancer, they have made it clear that there is no curing it at this point. This angers me because I like my dad. When I get angry, the old Marine in me seeps to the surface and I look for a fight. If cancer was a dude, I would punch him square in the dick – repeatedly.
Shortly after we got my dad’s prognosis, he, knowing I’m a woodworker asked me to build his casket. It’s been a slow-going project because it’s something hard to want to work on. When I was a kid, my dad worked in the lumber mills in northern California. Because of that I decided to build his casket of the woods he used to tell us about after work. The main box and lid will be vertical grain douglas fir with tan oak trim and some redwood banding. The box will be assembled with hand cut dovetails and the lid will be coopered using my domino. Once it’s done I’ll probably post a video showing the build process.
This easel will be for my kids. They all love to draw. I think it’ll be just the right size for the youngest two (5 & 2).