Carved Hummingbird Box

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 03-17-2015 01:22 AM 1409 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the years I have several times been embroiled in intellectual property disputes. Fortunately, I am lucky to count amongst my friends one of the country’s top intellectual property lawyers, and she has represented me—always successfully I hasten to add—in these troubles. She was out in Washington, DC last year to argue a case before the Supreme Court and mentioned to me that she would love to have a carved box. After weighing the possibility of future legal battles, I got to work on this project.

The box itself is cocobolo from a single board; the carving is basswood and the accent strips are American holly. The finish is a brushed on, water-based poly. The inside is lined with black velvet. A thin brass chain retains the top. The hummingbird design was inspired by a stamped leather book cover. The box is simple miter joints, and everything was done with hand tools.

The design of the box underwent a number of changes as I worked upon it. (You can see my extensive build plans in the next to last photo.) When I completed the box, it seemed plain and squat, so I added the pedestal legs. (And ran the grain the wrong direction, unfortunately.) After completing the carving, I thought the top was too disconnected (design-wise) from the box. Initially I replaced the hummingbird’s beak and eye with cocobolo, and then later I added the accent strips between the pedestal legs. I wanted to do an inlay of a keyhole shape in holly as well, but my design consultant (wife) stopped me.

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 10:29 PM

Very nice box … and I’m certain your lawyer friend will NEVER notice the grain in the legs (unless you tell her) :-)

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 02:15 PM

This turned out nicely.

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