A year ago, today

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-27-2011 05:19 PM 6643 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its hard for me to believe but a year ago, today, Zee escaped from my fevered brain into the real world.

Its a modest little box with a drop on lid but the technique used to make it has taken me places I didn’t expect. Its evolved to allow 3D patterns over all visible faces of my boxes. Allows strings to cross any line at any angle (with a little help from Steve, sras). All in all the technique has liberated my box design. Its evolved practically as well. I now use router bits to achieve the 45° double mitre cut, less fraught and only one setup per cut (minimising errors). I now regularly cut up patterns I’ve spent hours on without fearing their destruction (providing I keep my concentration).

The feedback I’ve been getting from the people here at LJ’s is also a major contributor to this evolution. I find great encouragement here from you all. I am very grateful. This has done my self confidence no end of good. I used to feel very wary when I posted but now I look forward to my little photo-shoots and postings for the latest project. I like to entertain.
I enjoy making these boxes and I hope you get some enjoyment out of seeing them. I now attempt things in my woodworking that I never would have thought possible. Thank you all for spurring me on. Lumberjocks has been and continues to be the place I want to be for my woodwork.

Thank you all

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 05:26 PM

quality stuff mart!!

-- after hours of labour, i've broken it more....but at least it's colourful!!!

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 05:27 PM

Well, we all here are the ones who are truly honored. Thanks so much for your willingness to share and teach and inspire. We all appreciate the work you’ve done and I personally would like to thank you for sharing your journey with us.

-- Matt -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 05:43 PM

I’m with Matt. It is we who are the honored ones. I know I am not alone when receiving notification in my email box that you have posted another project, before even seeing it I know it will be something spectacular. You have inspired many of us to do our best in what we do by setting the example of what you can achieve. Funny how that works.

You were one of my first friends here Martyn, when just after joining LJ’s I read of your trip to the lumber store. I thought to myself, “Now there’s a guy who has a pure love of creating and woodworking!” and I was immediately drawn in when I saw the level of the projects you have produced.

Your willingness to share your techniques and ‘secrets’ is a testament to how much you are willing to give of yourself, thus earning you the esteemed title of “Professor.”

Thanks for taking the time to share and teach and comment on not only my things here, but others’ too. We are very happy you like it here, as you make it a better place.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 05:55 PM

You’re the best boxmaker I e-know. It all had to start somewhere, right?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 05:59 PM

Well, I for one am getting sick of the multitude of fantastic boxes that seem to pour from your shop! It makes me green with envy and I want it to stop this very minute! Stop being so darned talented right now!

Okay…..... Seriously…........

I have to echo what Sheila and Matt state as well – I have also been on LJ’s under two years now and have learned a bunch from you, as well as a plethora of others here. There is NO way possible I would have advanced as much as I have in my skills if it weren’t for LJ’s.

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 06:08 PM

I have thoroughly enjoyed being along for the ride. Keep them coming.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Steven Davis

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#7 posted 07-27-2011 06:13 PM

Martyn -

I always look forward to your blogs and projects – you delight, entertain, and educate us all.

Thank you!


-- Steven Davis - see me at

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 06:40 PM

Hi Martyn. I’m still thinking there’s a book in there, and I’m waiting to get my autographed copy.
It’s always a treat to get a message that you have posted a new project. Many thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 06:45 PM

Martyn, you are ever inspiring. I learn from you, every post is a gem.
Thanks from all of us.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 12:50 AM

I am honored too. The knowledge I gained from your Zee series specially on the miter joints proves that lines can be integral to its bend either sharp edges or curved (I am not finished yet with the rainbow box proving what I learned from this mitred joints) to make 3 dimensional boxes. I return your thanks by letting you know that you become an inspiration, a teacher, and the only master in doing such technique.. The imagination you created put in flesh is really amazing and full of surprises… that makes the challenge.

Thanks Martyn. Keep it going for more years to come!

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 02:26 AM

You are a valuable member of this “little” coomunity as all of these comments show. I think we all love your work and are inspired by the direction the Zee technique is taking you. I’m looking forward to trying my hand at some of these in the near future. Thanks.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 03:13 AM

Happy birthday Martyn, you are a Toff.
There’s a pint from me at your local booser.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 07-28-2011 06:57 AM

It takes a great teacher to share his knowledge and technics with others.

There are some on LJ who do that. You are on the top of my list.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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