R.A.F. Eagle Squadron 71

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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


 


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nahdee's avatar
VERY NICE CRAFTSWOMANSHIP, YOU GOT SKILLS WOMAN.  DON'T I KNOW IT, HE, HE.  HAVE A COOL DAY YOU GREAT ARTIST! SEEN THE HAWK TODAY. MY DOG TOBY [BLACK ONE] KILLED A BABY RACOON BUT I COULDN'T GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO TAKE A PICTURE. I BROUGHT THE CAMERA ALONG, SHE WON'T LET ME NEAR HER AFTER A FRESH KILL.  SHE GOT A GOPHER THE OTHER DAY AND IT BIT HER AND IZZY ON THE LIPS. THEY ARE OK!  TOOK SOME PICS OF OUR WALK FOR YOU, HAVE EM UP SOON.
snazzie-designz's avatar
Thanks so much. :hug:

Yeah I don't think you should try and go near her if she's caught something like that.

I had no idea gophers were aggressive. We don't have them over here, so I've never seen one. I'm glad your dogs are ok though. :phew:

Great! Once there aren't any of dead animals.
nahdee's avatar
they look like a big muskrat up close, picked sweetgrass yesterday. it's growing now in my backyard, cool. of course there'll be pics.
snazzie-designz's avatar
I don't think we have muskrats here either but I've googled them and see what you mean. Sweetgrass in your back yard... very cool. :)
nahdee's avatar
PICS COMING SOON
SkyfireDragon's avatar
Glad to help with the sample pack of woods, and thanks for the mention! :) (Smile)
I am sure he was speechless when he saw it! :jawdrop: 
snazzie-designz's avatar
Absolutely!  I really appreciate it.

Well he lives in England so I didn't see his reaction first hand but he did send a very gracious email so I think he liked it. :)
SkyfireDragon's avatar
Like I said, glad to help. :D

Hum, is not England that largest island to the east of you. ;P

I am glad he liked it! A very nice gift in appeation of the skills he taught you. :nod:
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:hug:

Lol! Yep... it's a slightly bigger dot on Google maps!!! :giggle:

I haven't forgotten about the dragon gif by the way. I'm working on it.
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That's fantastic Snazzie :clap:
snazzie-designz's avatar
Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. :hug:
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