I don’t remember how it started, whether my son volunteered or my daughter asked, but it came to be that my son, Tucker, was assigned the job of making something for the ring bearer to carry the rings in for the wedding ceremony. It seemed appropriate since Tucker was the best man and would have to remove them from whatever he came up with in front of a crowd of people.
Tucker took all the metals classes his high school had to offer, and threw in wood shop near the end. His dad is a wood worker, so he had a bit of experience in that area already. Recently, he’s also taken up leather working, so he didn’t have any trouble coming up with an idea for the ring box. He spent hours in the school shop, then at home after he graduated, lovingly turning a plain log into an heirloom his sister and new brother-in-law will treasure forever.
Once he had finished the box, we talked about what should go inside. He had carefully carved out a rectangular hole, which seemed perfect to fit a pillow into. He was planning to sew the pillow himself, but time was running short, so I took care of it for him. I’ll be explaining more about this in a future story, but I made the pillow out of a piece of my cut-up wedding dress and a leather cord.
The ring bearer, my nephew Greyson, carried that box like a champ. He’s a little hard to spot in this photo, but it’s the only one I have of him so far. He was the best ring bearer ever!
I was a little worried it would be hard for Tucker to unbuckle those leather straps when it was time to hand over the rings. I should have known better than to think he’d do that to himself.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my son work on something with such care for so long as he did this box. He and his sister are very close, and I know he wanted to make her something special, not only for the wedding, but as a keepsake to remember what a great day it was. He hit it out of the park.