I was approached to create a thank you gift for a community member that also happens to be a collector of my art work. These kind of projects can be fun and difficult. A bit of advice for any artists and up and coming entrepreneurs, just say yes and then figure out how to do it. In this case I had never cut concrete. I knew I had the tools and I expected mistakes. This gift centered around a core of concrete that was cut from a wall of a hospital during a major renovation. I used three types of wood from my property. Elm for the lid, curly maple for the sides and white ash for the bottom. The (now polished) concrete core sits inside a leather ring. 5 Seeds from trees of the Acadian forest. Under the lid is a Sugar Maple Key. Around the box are 4 small paintings of seeds from Yellow Birch, American Beech, White Ash and Red Maple. I had about a dozen ideas for how I could create this object. Too many options can make a client nervous. I am ultimately happy with how this turned out. My work shop has several small piles of wood an concrete that represent abandoned ideas as I worked through my ideas and options.