I'm in the process of selling my 33 Ford Coupe so one of the first
things I started doing was removing all the items that I wanted to keep.
The items I was hanging on to were: cleaning supplies, hat, sweatshirt, a
few tools, organizer, etc. But one of the most important items to be
removed was my Shifter's Car Club plaque. Why? Because whoever the new
owner ends up being, they would put their own car club plaque in it.
Now I wanted to display my plaque (orange one below) in my home office someplace because if I
ever built another car I could use it in the new one. Besides, my plaque
means the world to me because my buddies Gary, and Larry gave it to me
very first car show that I attended. But the big
question for me was....where in my office should it go and how am I
going to display it?
I first thought about resting it up against my desk
next to a few pictures, which would look okay. But that notion quickly
faded because this plaque needed a better place than that. Much better
Some place special. Some place special and memorable. "Some place
special, memorable and gratifying".
Yeah that's it...all of the above!
Now the big question, what exactly am I going to do? Some of my first
thoughts were: use a block of aluminum, cut a groove in it so the plaque
would rest in it, maybe at an angle. That might look nice on my desk. Or
maybe have it rest on some wooden pieces and display it at the top, like
a trophy. That might look nice too.
Still in question, I eventually went out to the garage for some
inspiration. I gathered a few items together, placing this piece next to
that piece, trying to get an idea for something cool, something
different....anything!! Well after an hour of playing around I went back in
the house and called it a day because nothing was saying, "yeah, that's it".
A few days later I was at my home office desk and started up my
computer. While I was waiting for it to boot-up, I sat down and was just
looking at some of the items on my desk, mainly near the top where I
have lots of pictures along with a few other things. Well one of those
other things happened to be the handout they give you when you
attend a funeral, with this one being of my best friend
Gary. Now I've had this
on my desk ever since he passed away in September of 2006. And It's
placed right in the middle, has a picture of him on it along with the
racecar that he built.
Then it hit me, how about if I honor both Gary and the Shifter's Car
Club? "Yeah that's it"!!
What I decided to do was make a wooden plaque to display Gary's picture on
it along with my Shifter's plaque. No wait a minute...I'll do more than
that... I'll put a few pictures on this new plaque, make it out of black
really make it nice.
A few minutes later I started thinking about how I wanted to make
this new project and which pictures to add to it. Again I looked
up at Gary's picture and thought, that one would look great. I
could scan Gary's handout and use it at the top. Now behind his picture I
have several others, with one of them taken by me back in 2006 of
Larry's, Gary's and my car while we were all attending the Cherry Fest
Car Show. Perfect! Another picture for the wooden plaque. But after
looking at this picture it hit me, my buddy Larry's birthday is in January so how about I make him
something too? Something for both of us that would be Special,
Memorable and Gratifying.
Well there you have it, the story behind the project/birthday gift
that I'll be making here.