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Oh...by the way....I tried to email you direct on this but the email bounced back undeliverable.
very sorry that Big Pat is doing poorly. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
On another note...... I finally hooked up with Chet. The Walnut has been roughed out. He is going to heat cycle it a couple times to assure that it won't crack. I'm meeting with him at lunch today to see what needs to be done to finish this phase of the project. More news and photos shortly.
Man !!!! I needed some good news like that Curt !! And yes... please keep me posted. As soon as I know the overall height and perimeter dimensions I can start on the crating, the last phase before shipping it out.
You know...... it is mind boggling on how this project got started, how it all came together, the events that took place along the time frame, and the seemingly long passing hours that now seem just a wink. I will be so happy that it has come to pass but yet so sad to see it end. Pa
Big Pat update........He has come out of the coma and has been removed from life supports. Alive but not coherent. That is at least some progress and a direction towards healing. Not to take anything away from the doctors and hospital staff, I really believe the progress he has made,[ they said he was basically a gonner not to long ago], is because of the prayers and thoughts, his loved ones and folks like you, have generously put forth in his behalf. Thanks a million ! I will keep you all posted as the updates come in. Sincerely, Pa
Haven't gotten an e-mail from you in quite a while. Chet has the block all finished out and is now working on the carving. We have just about all of the problems I spoke to you about figured out.
It's going to take a bit of time for him to do the carving. You know how artists are about being inspired. The carving is going to be a relief carving of 2 hands clasp, shaking hands. The international gesture of friendship among bikers. A symbol of all of the bikers that came together to give a final resting place to our young friend.
He brought a bronze casting over yesterday to blast in my glass beading cabinet. He said he had gotten started on the carving, but it's going to be a time consuming process.
It's an absolutely beautiful piece of wood. No photo can do it justice. For those of you that aren't up to speed on the wood block, it's a piece of American Walnut cut from the center of a 24" tree. The block measures 13" X 16" X 6" thick. The grain on it resembles the depth of birdseye maple. It weighs about 20 pounds. It will be very much worth the wait to add this piece to the project.
Good to see Big Pat is hangin in there. Just can't keep a good man down. We'll keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Man Curt ! The theme is outstanding !! I can almost picture it completely. Chisel, scrape, file,........whatever it is Chet does to create his awesome art, he sure is a skilled professional !! Wish I had the skill and patience to do what he does. He is a rare breed indeed ! Pa
I took some photos of it with my camera phone, but they really don't do it justice. I sent the only decent one to pa and if he wants to post it he can, and explain the symbolism Chet captured in the work. I'll try to get by his studio with my camera and get some better photos to post when the marble arrives.
Hopefully things will get back to normal here. We were able to transfer the galfriend's son (the one that got hit by the train) back to a Kansas hospital on Tuesday. Everyone at Rapid City Hospital was amazed that he was able to walk out of there under his own power. Hopefully he'll get back home in a week or so.
Here is a pic of the rough unfinished carving. One hand is clad in a leather glove, like a gauntlet, and the other hand is of a woman or young man. Chet envisioned this to be a hand shake between the bikers that helped on the project and Brady's mom. I am sure we can all see this as well. Curt also sees it as bikers thanking Brady for giving us the chance to do something that really mattered in this world. I can see, besides the visions Chet and Curt see, which I definitely see too, are Mimi's and J.C.'s hands holding each other over their Son. The carving contains numerous themes within it. Chet's genius in artistry shoes through extremely well in it. The theme ,with it's multiple visions, are the first , that I know of, in the art fields, to hold that many visions at once.
Yep.........this project is coming to a close soon. But !!! It will live on forever even so. Pa
Regretfully, I must report a tragic to you all as well. It regards our cylinder extension machine work donor individual, Big Pat. Big Pat was on the road to recovery after initial medical opinions of his sure death. I pray he still is after this. Big Pat's only Son, Patrick, was killed in an auto accident late last night. Details of the accident are sketchy at this time. The younger Patrick was the owner of Patricks Chop House At Lock 24, just outside of Lisbon, Ohio. You all may recall, young Pat, as he was known to all, catered my Sister's funeral voluntarily. He will be severly missed by his family and friends. Pa
Thank you. You know first hand hplhd1. One minute they are there with you, the next minute they are gone. A taste of hell on earth !
As a whole, we, the human race, seem to take it for granted that a person will be here long after we are gone. I catch myself doing it way to often. I guess Big Pat first words after hearing of his loss was " And He Saved Me For This ?" His Wife, and the Mother of Patrick the deceast, Sandy, is carrying the bulk of the load on her shoulders. Their only Daughter lost one of their three Grandchildren, a toddler, just last year. Then the near loss of her Husband, who is still not out of the woods yet, sprang down on her as well. Now her only Son is gone. It just doesn't add up. A loving and giving family facing such catastrophic events. I guess there are some questions left unanswered for a reason, maybe to be learned at a determined time or place ? I never could have imagined, that this urn project, in it's beginning, would have revealed so much in the lives of the folks involved and or those following it. From tragedies to miracles.........the true goodness of mankinds heart has shown through. Pa
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