The North Foreshore

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Project by madburg posted 05-08-2018 02:42 AM 1155 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I’ve not posted anything for quite a while now, so this is one of my recent boxes inspired by Japanese woodworkers.

This is a very different style of box for me. It has a slightly curved lift-off Japanese style lid, rather than one that is hinged as is the usual western tradition. The night scene on the front is of Western Australia’s capital city and my home town, Perth. It’s a view looking from south Perth across the Swan river to the north foreshore. The top of the box has a night sky with the moon, and the constellations of the Southern cross and Orion’s Belt. This is mirrored on the inside of the lid by a smaller version.

The box lid is made from veneered marine plywood with an abstract block parquetry design on the sides and back, enhanced with bandings in the same woods. The woods used are Walnut, Jarrah, Koto, Cherry, Beech and stained black.

The marquetry night scenes on the front and top are made up from different coloured solid, and laminated shell sheets.

The box contains a set of lift off solid wood trays with the bottom one fixed to a tray style base.

The whole lid is held in place with ‘Japanese’ style hasps, bolts and/or locks.

Thanks for looking.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 05-08-2018 03:31 AM

Pretty darn neat. Love the hardware

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 05-08-2018 08:21 AM

Glad to see you have been keeping busy! Excellent work.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 05-08-2018 12:31 PM

This is a beautiful piece and very creative and nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-08-2018 01:41 PM

Very beautiful box, I always enjoy seeing your work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 02:29 PM

This is an interesting new avenue you are exploring. I like it.
...and of course the combination of your imagination and your impressive skills has created something quite wonderful.

Love it.

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

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#6 posted 05-08-2018 05:12 PM

What a beautiful unique box. Masterpiece!!

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

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#7 posted 05-09-2018 12:27 AM

Thanks guys, its always good to get the feedback!

-- Madburg WA

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#8 posted 05-09-2018 01:35 AM

Very unigue, well done too!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 06:43 AM

OMG, Another beauty! Better than a Wow!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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