Basketweave box w/white roses

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Project by DonSol posted 10-08-2016 12:08 AM 1632 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had wanted to do a box with basketweave for quite some time so about a year and a half ago I came up with this design. I stopped working on it a couple of times to do something else and finally finished it 5 months later. As you can see the weave is on the inside as well as the outside, so I couldn’t put dividers in it. I didn’t want something fancy with a lot of frills. I came up with this simple design so it would look strong and made to be used.

The wood for the box is old white oak from an old barn with worm holes, I put these in the front where they will be seen. Some people don’t like them but I do, so there they are. The basketweave is Beli Awora from Africa and the rest is dyed veneers, aspen and holly.

Approximate size is 14”x10”x4 1/2”.

So tell me what you think, good or bad. I do like constructive criticism, it makes me want to do better next time.

Thank you for looking.

Note: I started a blog series on the marquetry part of this, but I didn’t on making the box frame, sorry.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 12:47 AM

what’s to critcize? nice box & well done

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#2 posted 10-08-2016 01:23 AM

Gorgeous. The basketweave gives the roses a 3 dimensional look like you could run your hand between the roses and the top.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-08-2016 02:35 AM

Nice work, I do like the basketweave, the sand shading really does give it that 3D effect.

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#4 posted 10-08-2016 06:48 AM

Very nice!. I’m curious how he would look with a small recess in the outside of the ribs. I like to see that someone else is using Beli also. Not an easy wood for the weave application I think. I looked to your other LJ contributions. Great pieces. One of my thoughts: This man a cross-fertilization of Kiefer and Shipwright ;)


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#5 posted 10-08-2016 07:21 AM

critics not dream can not make such a beautiful box like that, beautiful design

-- bambi

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#6 posted 10-08-2016 12:56 PM

Wow! Very stunning eye candy

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

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#7 posted 10-08-2016 02:19 PM

Very beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 10-08-2016 02:28 PM

Don, exceptional piece. Love it. The sand shading adds just enough depth to made things look 3-D. Well done, Sir. Well done.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 10-08-2016 04:05 PM

The whole thing looks great Don. Your shading in the roses is very well done and if I were to suggest something (only because you asked) it might be that you shade the leaves and the butterfly a little too, just subtly as you have done with the roses. You certainly have the ability and I think it might just “pop” them a little more.

Very nice piece!

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

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#10 posted 10-08-2016 04:27 PM

Don, this is a wonderful box and you’ve done a great job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 10-08-2016 06:58 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments.

Paul: You are right. It is hard to tell where the bottom wing goes under top one and I should have shaded where the two halves of the leaves join. I thought the grain in the two halves angled in different directions would be enough but I was wrong. Another thing I should have shaded around the edges of everything on one side as if the light was coming from the left or right. That would have helped to make everything look as if it was raised above the weave. Oh well, you learn from your mistakes, hopefully.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#12 posted 10-08-2016 09:27 PM

Wow- whats not to love?

The detail in the butterfly is great and I can imagine the amount of time spent on the basket weave—well worth it.

Great piece.

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#13 posted 10-09-2016 04:16 AM

Realy great work on this basket look sides. Roses on top turned also very good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-09-2016 07:04 AM

Amazing,real beauty!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#15 posted 10-11-2016 02:19 AM

Flat out wonderful. I envy your talent and skill.

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