This is also my first project at the TechShop. I had limited time to spend their prior to the holidays, but wanted to make something, however small just to get started.
Here's the genesis of the project: we decided to make christmas gifts for our parents rather than buy them something this year and since i had just taken the class on laser cutting and etching at the TechShop i was eager to put that to use to make something. At the same time i randomly came across these little wooden plates at Daiso for $1.50 each and figured that i could etch something meaningful on them to create a custom gift.
The first task was to find something meaningful to etch. After trolling the web for ideas and inspiration and anchored on having a quote and image on each plate. I happened to have a book with a compilation of quotes from my in-laws, so picking some quotes from that was easy and meaningful. I also know that they low plants, and started searching for images of plants/trees and came across these incredible fractal tree illustrations on www.rgbstock.com. These were free to use for non-commercial use and detailed fractal nature of the illustration is excellent to demonstrate the preciseness of laser-etching!