In THESE shoes?

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 05-10-2015 11:01 AM 2904 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t think so!

After a song by the late Kirsty McColl (last picture)

Dimensions – 125mm high x 120mm across corners. Box, 60mm long sides x 60mm high (3mm Ebony, 3mm Padauk)

Materials – Ebony and Padauk

Adhesives – PVA and Viscous CA

Finish – Spray Satin Acrylic

The three leg, side/top details are supposed to be a stylised representation of the rear view of a red Stiletto shoe. I’m not that good at free form shapes, having drawn these myself from images and a real shoe. This time I found it difficult to realise a three dimensional object, draped as it was over a corner. There were many attempts at this design, not all hexagonal, of which this is the one I would actually show you. The others being that bad, in my opinion.

Oh, and here’s the track

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

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 11:12 AM

Another lovely one Martyn. Great choice of woods with very rich contrast. It may have taken a few iterations, but the final is worth it.

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

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 11:39 AM

Incredibly beautiful design in combination with red and black wood. Awsome box. Those legs incorporated with top is perfect.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 11:46 AM

You were spot on in the depiction of the shoes. The first thing that came to mind was ‘stiletto’ when I saw this. You did a brilliant job on it. The ‘rejects’ are just part of the process.

Very cool!


-- 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 05-10-2015 11:58 AM

Those seemingly random things that inspire creative woodworking contributes to the never ending amazement of the human mind. Wonderful project and nicely executed.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 12:19 PM

Martyn, this is a beautiful piece and I love the flowing delicate curves mixed with the rigid hexagonal shape of the box itself. The contrasting colors set everything off beautifully leading the whole to have a wonderful harmony. I think that this box is quite elegant.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 01:26 PM

Hi Martyn. I love this box and don’t worry about capturing those infamous shoes …. you nailed it.
Like Sheila, the first thought that popped into my mind was stilettos and knowing your love of good music I knew the song.
... but alas I was wrong, my guess was “Those Shoes” by The Eagles.

The colours just make one think of red stilettos on a dark night, just where they belong. :-)


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 03:13 PM

What a fun concept Martyn! I always enjoy seeing your work.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 05-10-2015 03:56 PM

Martyn, lovely depiction of a women’s high heel shoe. Glad you stepped out of the ‘box’.

Cheerio, Roman the bootman!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#9 posted 05-10-2015 04:10 PM

i really do like this one, the wood choices are spot on, i really do enjoy the fact that your inspired by people or events when you plan your next piece, thank you for sharing your beautiful work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 05-10-2015 05:10 PM

Great work, looks like a fat foot coffin on legs

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 05-10-2015 07:40 PM

Another nicely done piece of art Martyn.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 05-10-2015 11:23 PM

Lovely Martyn.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 05-10-2015 11:33 PM

Heck yea Martyn! I luv Kirsty. OH,,,,I like your box also. :) Jeesh! May she rest in peace. How sad.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 05-10-2015 11:49 PM

You nailed it Martyn.
Well done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 05-10-2015 11:54 PM

Love it Martyn…
As always, well done and unique.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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