Lonnie LaBonte #01003685
Peace be upon you,
Thank you for reading this blog. I’m posting a new photo of myself with a beard (which was taken last month). As you can see I’ve got quite a bit of grey hair in my beard, but that’s okay because I pray that with age comes wisdom, God willing. Additionally, I’ve enclosed some photos of my craft projects. I’ve been in the unit craft shop for over 10 years.
First I worked as an Artist painting anything I thought others would enjoy…especially for friends and family. Eventually, I broadened my artistic abilities and started “commercial art”, which, allowed me to airbrush clock plaques, helmets, mini-blinds…almost anything.
After my Father passed from Cancer, I began working as a metal smith. Initially, I made small objects: Dog-tags, name-tags, pendants, earrings and bracelets. As I got better, I began making: Buckles, Colt 1911 pistol grips, prayer-beads, rings and spurs. Again, anything I thought others would enjoy…especially for friends and family.
I currently find myself working more on law enforcement and fire department projects making badges, but I also donate items towards non-profit organizations to help others.
I pray you’ll appreciate seeing some of the items I’ve spent so much of my time crafting through the years of wrongful incarceration.