Building this shadow box was an experience that I hope to cherish every time I build something to add to my portfolio. My grandfather died back in 2019. He was a woodworker and loved to create things for other people. His works were beautiful, fruitful, and most importantly, glorified the Lord. As the youngest grandchild, I didn't get to fully hear his stories or really get to know him as genuinely. I've always admired his creativity and hardship toward others. I remember as a young child his "man cave" which was a garage full of power tools and woodworking tools. I never really understood the craftsmanship that it took to create, but I learned how to build my own canvas and wood panel back at University. Then one day, I got asked about a shadow box and I was like, "how hard could a shadow box be compared to a canvas?" I come to realize it's hard without power tools but overall it's just as simple as making a frame. I enjoyed making this box because I could feel my relationship with my grandfather come closer than even if he was still here on earth. Doing the "same" similar crafts and having that similar interest creates a bond tighter than words can describe.