Monday, November 11, 2013

a beautiful handmade wooden airplane





we were invited to a 70th birthday party on saturday at our neighbor's house. he's become a good friend and so we wanted to give him something more special than the standard three bottles of wine in a gift box. since he had been a commercial pilot for SAS for years, i suggested to husband that he try to fashion an airplane out of driftwood. we looked through our driftwood collection and didn't find a piece that whispered airplane to us. so husband turned to the firewood pile and found a piece of birch that was just right. he sanded and smoothed and attached oak wings and tail fins (i'm suddenly in doubt that that's what they're called). i was planning on painting some stripes and call letters on it, but it was so beautiful and pristine in its naked glory that we left it. but now, at least, i can say that i've given a meaningful gift.

6 comments:

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Will husband make me one?!?!
Have a GREAT day!

Tracy :-)

Katherine Thomas said...

That's so cool! He will love it! Can you post again after he receives his gift?

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

Absolutely lovely!I think the vertical part is called rudder but who cares!AriadnefromGreece!

celkalee said...

What a lovely gift. It reminds me of some work my BIL has started with driftwood. He carves shore birds and whales, some other smaller sea life. A gift to cherish.

julochka said...

thanks everybody! he really loved it and appreciated it. i'm definitely encouraging husband to make more in this vein.

Gee said...

BEAUTIFUL, cousin!