Not long ago, a Facebook friend of mine let me know that she was going to organize a silent auction fundraiser dinner for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. She's an active Royal Guard member, and takes her role seriously. During this last summer, the Royal Guard and the Vulcans decided to have two paintball matchups. The word went out and they tried to recruit as many paintball players as possible.
Well, on both occasions, I couldn't make the events. I felt bad, leaving her to deal with those advancing Vulcans on their base. So when the word came out that she was putting together this fundraising dinner/auction, I felt I had to pay her back, so to speak. I asked her what she would accept as donated items for auction. She replied that most anything would be acceptable.
I offered up my woodworking skills, and told her I'd love to make a chest for the event. While I didn't want to make such a huge chest like that last one for the wedding couple, I thought perhaps a chest only 2/3 scale would suffice. I ended up making a chest that measured 24" x 12" x 14" high.
I asked this woman what she would like woodburned onto the side, and she asked if "St. Paul Winter Carnival - Order of the Royal Guard" would be OK. I typeset the words into the computer and soon had my printout guide to woodburn. The results below are what I ended up with for her. She's seen the pics, but has not yet seen the real thing. However, she's more than thrilled with the outcome. I hope I helped make her cause a lot of money.