Stephen Hughes Winged Box

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Project by bigwoodturner posted 04-23-2009 03:49 AM 4844 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that was turned for me 5 years ago by a friend and extrodinary turner named Stephen Hughes. The box was turned from a block of Macassar Ebony. The wing was broken while Stephen turned it for me but I did not care. Instead of making it a 2 wing box he simply turned the wing from some baltic birch ply. I told Dewey I would post this tonight as the originator of the wing box technique is Stephen. I really believe we can modify something with our own ideas as long as we remember to give credit where credit is due. When ever I want insperation I look at this box and remember there is always some one better than I am and I will always have alot to learn. That is evident on this site as there are some outstanding wood artist here and I commend everyone for posting from the beginner to the so called master.

-- Dale

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 04:06 AM

This is very nice.

I have a saying … no-one ever has an original thought … guess that applies to artists too

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 04:26 AM

I agree

-- Dale

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 05:05 AM

I like to refer people who think they have an original thought to the Art Institute or other museum. One can quickly be humbled when they realize their original thought was accomplished hundreds, if not thousands of years ago without the aid of modern technology.

Cool piece, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 05:55 AM

That’s one cool winged Box.


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#5 posted 04-23-2009 08:41 AM

I have been awaiting this post and thanks so much! Just looking at this I have an idea that if I could pull it off would be IMO spectacular! You are lucky to have a friend with such vision. I hope we get to meet up soon.

-- Dewey---------------------Everything is better with inlay or marquetry

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#6 posted 04-23-2009 12:48 PM


For those interested, there’s a little bit more info about Stephen Hughes here.

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#7 posted 04-23-2009 03:11 PM

Watching and learning. Really like these winged ones. I don’t understand the birch ply!? Because it’s so flat and straight? Wouldn’t about anything else look better? Just wondering. It is very contrasting though.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 04-24-2009 03:28 AM

The wing was originally another piece of ebony. It broke while Stephen was creating it and this was one of his harder boxes. It is a three wing box and was a teaching tool during the demo he was doing. I had given him several pieces of ebony and Stephen gave this one to me as a thank you for the ebony and staying at my home. Even with the ply replacement wing I was very happy and grateful to get it. These boxes sell for Stephen in the 1,000 to 2,000 range.

-- Dale

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#9 posted 04-24-2009 05:06 AM

Thanks for the answer.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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