Taline's Box

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Project by WoodHoarder posted 07-19-2014 01:16 AM 2752 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at carving. This box is carved on five sides with vines and leaves. There are two distinct trunks that appear to grow from opposite corners across the sides and over the top. Inside the box is a tray depicting vines and leaves. On top of the tray carving is clear glass, allowing you to place things on top yet see through to the contents below. The wood is poplar and is reclaimed from a cabinet that I estimate to be 60-70 years old.

It turned out so well that I placed it in the Orange County Fair where it took second place in it’s class and is currently displayed.

I am very excited with the results. It was intended to be a Valentine’s day gift to my wife. Needless to say, it came in a few months late.

To me, the box, by itself, conveys a subtleness and mystery. It doesn’t grab attention like most pieces at the Fair, but almost waits with a quiet patience until noticed. Once it has your attention it transfixes you until you are almost compelled to pick it up and see what is inside. It still manages to catch me sometimes : )

It was tedious and often frustrating to make, but the results were well worth it.

Thank you for looking.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#1 posted 07-19-2014 01:34 AM

FANTASTIC carving work. This is a real work of art. Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 07-19-2014 01:52 AM

Your box came out very nice and I know that it will greatly admired and appreciated.

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 02:06 AM

This is the first actual carved box I’ve seen on here. Your first attempt is QUITE GOOD! Poplar is a really nice wood to carve. Congrats on the ribbon.

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#4 posted 07-19-2014 02:38 AM

You sure are good for one who had done this for the first time. I see why it won the ribbon.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 07-19-2014 02:40 AM

Quite outstanding—especially for a first carving. Congratulations on your Orange County Fair placement.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 07-19-2014 04:13 AM

I really like how you wrapped the branches around the box. Very nice work!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 07-19-2014 04:30 AM

That’s amazing craftsmanship.

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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#8 posted 07-19-2014 08:13 AM

Niiice ..
both design, and execution.
Dare we ask: about how many hours ?
Lucky Taline, such a talented & devoted partner

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#9 posted 07-19-2014 11:52 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 07-19-2014 01:14 PM

Nicely done.

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#11 posted 07-19-2014 02:11 PM

It’s very beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 07-19-2014 02:32 PM

Very beautiful!! Why can’t you polish it more smooth?

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#13 posted 07-19-2014 03:09 PM

Fine art. If I could even pull it off it would take years and years. My hat is off to you, sir.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 07-19-2014 04:16 PM

It’s not easy to carve a classic design onto a box. But you did a great job on this box. Congrat’s.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 07-19-2014 10:09 PM

Beautiful carved box! And congratulations on finishing well in the competition!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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