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R.A.F. Eagle Squadron 71

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 29, 2018, 10:30 AM


   


Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron 71 Medal Box Profile by snazzie-designz
Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron 71 Medal Box by snazzie-designz


For those of you who have been watching me for a while you will know that I regularly collaborate with the marvellous :iconaldwarke: Aldwarke.


This R.A.F. box and matching plaque are not quite a collaboration but rather they are a combination birthday gift and overall thank you for the amazing boxes, advice, help and encouragement over the years.  I knew he had a collection of R.A.F. medals but no display for them so I decided that I'd make him a custom box to fit his medals in.


RAF Medal Box - Midsection with Medals by snazzie-designz
RAF Medal Box - Base Layer by snazzie-designz


Handmade RAF Medal Eagle Squadron Box Empty by snazzie-designz


The box itself is made of oak and teak with a mahogany lid.




Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron Medal Box Base Profile by snazzie-designz


The compartments of the box are specifically sized to each of the medals and have holes in them for the pins at the back so that the medals sit flush in the box.


When I was making the box I didn't have the actual medals so I had to make paper cut outs of them to the exact size to make sure each compartment would be the rights size.



Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron 71 Medal Box Lid Front by snazzie-designz



The crest is 3D and contains individually cut pieces of maple, basswood, beech and American walnut. The Eagle squadrons in the R.A.F. were for planes crewed by Americans so it seemed fitting that I use American walnut for the eagle's wings very kindly sent to me by :iconskyfiredragon: SkyFireDragon.




RAF Medal Box WIP by snazzie-designz

The eagle claws are less than 1cm square and were incredibly tricky to cut out.


The crest frame with is actually four separate pieces

(the crown and outer laurel leaves, the inner circle with the motto, and inner frame again with a raised edge and an background piece for the eagle to sit on) all individually cut and glued together because the Eagle Squadron motto is at a lower level than the surrounding laurel leaves and inside gold band. The Laurel leaves on the outer ring of the crest took AGES to cut, but it was well worth it.


RAF Medal Box - Base Layer by snazzie-designz

The indentations on the middle tray not only serve as finger holds so that you can lift the tray out, but also make the tray into a cross shape that matches the top of the crown.


Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron 71 Medal Box Profile 2 by snazzie-designz

"Per Ardua Ad Astra" is the R.A.F. motto pyrographed (burned) into the sides of the lid which loosely translates as"Through adversity to the stars".


03 RAF Medal Box Inside Lid by snazzie-designz

The smaller R.A.F. crest is pyrographed (burned) into maple veneer and was subsequently inlaid onto the inside of the mahogany lid.


Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron 71 Medal Box Lid Front by snazzie-designz

The "First From The Eyries" scroll has the text pyrographed (burned)  into it whereas the "Eagle Squadron 71" text on the crest itself is hand  painted in gold.



Since the medal box was not suited to mounting on the wall I did a matching R.A.F. Eagle Squadron 71 plaque to match.



Handmade RAF Eagle Squadron 71 Plaque Front by snazzie-designz


 


Journal History

The Covenant Journals

The Covenant

The latest WellSnazzie collaboration, and this is a big one!
             
It all began with this magical slice of pine wood, from a fallen tree
in the sacred site of Monasterboice, Ireland. After 2 years of looking
at it sitting in my kitchen waiting for just the right piece of inspiration
to do justice to this very special slice of wood, it finally hit me.
As many of you know aldwarke and I have collaborated on a
number of projects now (links below) and usually my talented
collaborator makes marvelous wooden pieces (frames, boxes etc) and I
have the great joy of decorating them with pyrography (wood burning).
This collaboration was slightly different. What many people may not
realise is that not only is aldwarke a master craftsman, but is also
a beautiful writer and has a gallery full of delightful an
The Covenant Artwork 
The artwork is all my own original design inspired by the story
(though the couple were inspired by some royalty free clip art).
 
The sun is on one side, and the moon on the other, and the leaves of
the rowan tree range from autumnal oranges and yellows to summer
and spring greens to try and encapsulate the timelessness of the story.
 
I especially like that the apple tree spirit was not purposefully drawn in
by me, but appeared of his own accord.  The text "shoot" has a little
shoot of a rowan tree growing out of it.
    
The couple in the tree is an homage to our previous Triptych
collaboration.
 
 
The symbols on the top left are the ogham symbols of

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