A trunk for my niece

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.



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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.