Last month I became an uncle. A sweet little baby was born to my brother and his wife….. and her name is ?? (Gal).
Gal, or "wave" in Hebrew, received a name that fits her well: She was born in Haifa – Israel's most beautiful port city, to a father who is infatuated with the sea, passionate about waves and wind/kite surfing. Gal will most likely receive the suffix (i) and will be called Gali by everybody.
What shall I give my new niece? what sort of gift should I craft for her? This was a serious question that occupied my mind. I decided to gift her a plywood and hardwood trunk that I built in New-England a year ago and that I shipped to Israel just recently. I made the trunk form maple-veneered poplar plywood. I flaked the trunk's base with spalted maple moldings, and framed the lid with cherry. I painted the plywood parts with blue old fashion milk-paint. The only thing that was missing was the way to dedicate the trunk to Gali..
Then I had an idea: I will make a plaque. I decided to carve her name on a piece of walnut that will be affixed to the trunk's front. The first thing I did was to plane a piece of walnut to 3/8" thick and to trace an ellipse on it. Next, I drew the Hebrew letters of ? (Gimel) ? (Lamed) and ? (yod) for the suffix (i).
On the next post I will show how I carved the letters.