This was a turned, carved and colored lidded container that I made for donation in 2011. The piece was to resemble a sunflower with lady bugs. It was judged at the SWAT Symposium and received 6th place out of 99 pieces donated.
The Beads of Courage program is for children undergoing treatments to save their lives. For each treatment they receive a bead for a necklace. Some of the children have tubs of these beads after years of treatments. This aspect of the program has wood turners creating wood boxes (lidded containers) to donate so that the children would have a place to store their most treasured beads. Every year, at the SWAT Symposium the number of donated boxes grows. in 2012 there were 109 lidded boxes donated!!!