Saw a presentation at a woodturning event last night from a charity,
Beads of Courage, that was looking for donations of boxes and bowls to
contain beads. They give beads to kids who are undergoing serious
medical treatment and the kids see them as badges of honour. There is a
different bead for each type of treatment so we saw pictures of kids
with huge, multistrand necklaces and it was heart breaking to see how
many were for chemo etc. Not all make necklaces but apparently the kids
are avid collectors. Their parents keep the beads in bowls or boxes if
the kids don’t make it.
It has given me ideas for some pieces I had been thinking of making.
The US organisation:http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/beadsofcourage.htm
Just to clarify that, they want both turned round boxes and joined
rectangular ones. I'm a better woodworker than a wood turner, so I made
a few joined ones. There are guidelines on their website for dimensions.
Our turners club made some last year and we embedded a logo button
(available from their website) in each lid.
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and
carrying a cross.
Here we go:
Hm... That looks like fun. I might try making a bowl to their
guidelines and if it turns out ok I might send it to them.
Any troubles or tips for being in the US and sending things across the
border? I know on something like this you can write "gift" on the
Customs form and avoid certain fees.
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