I actually finished this a couple of months ago, but I was waiting for the more appropriate time to show it. It was delivered yesterday, so here we are:
(With a bonus peek at two of my crystal spheres. The off-hue bands at the edges are tape I used to hold the cloth in place while the glue dried.)
I have to work ahead for his birthday and Father’s Day; it takes mail a while to get to him.
It’s become kind of a running joke between us for Father’s Day that since he’s a completely unconventional father to me, I find the most conventional, banal, kitschy, not-him stuff I can. Golf has been fertile ground for that over the years. This year, dress shirts and bow ties. :)
One year, I decided we’d missed out on one of the truly iconic Father’s day gifts: the ugly tie. So, at 40 years old, I went to K-Mart, found a menswear clerk, and told him what I wanted and why. He was in the stockroom sorting through ties for butt-ugly and bringing them to me, and the two of us had half an hour of laughing ourselves sick. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun shopping for anything.
In response, I got a photo of Tama wearing the tie, flawlessly tied. With a lavalava that clashed in every conceivable way, and shirtless.
(photo: original work)