Friday, October 15, 2010
I had to start out with the largest and most difficult picture I have just to see if I could do it. Dad gave me this picture in about 1963 when I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, so it is especially treasured. One can only imagine how many hours it took to choose the veneers, cut all of the pieces, and put this masterpiece together. I took at least 150 photos of this picture before I got a decent one without light flashes and extreme color cast. The picture is 34 x 20 inches, necessitating a light box large enough to accommodate it. I finally came up with the above photo which is reasonably true to the original. I doubt if anyone ever got a graduation present that involved such a labor of skill and love.