Baroque-style Jewel Chest

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 11-15-2010 10:06 PM 4032 views 8 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow Lumberjocks,
(Dilo rides again… after a quite long break!)

This time I am showing you a tiny chest of drawers especially conceived by me in the Baroque style and intended to arise a wish for fancy storage from a clever collector of jewels, watches or pens. It has a pair of front doors with a lock that closes seven small drawers and two large lateral doors with locks that close two side compartments.

A major fact that must be said is that it is the first time in my life that I create a woodwork intended for sale. I am sure that I will have a very hard time in selling it by a fair price (not degraded) since the modern Brazilian “culture” does not recognize woodwork as an artwork. So, I will have to devise a strategic approach and select my preferred target previously, as well as I have to be bold enough to face this unknown task.

Aiming at that commercial purpose I had to make a fundamental change in my mind: to replace the wood I had long been working with – the Rio-rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) – for Canjerana (Cabralea multijuga) which is quite similar to the Spanish-cedar (Cedrela odorata). The main reason is the Rio-rosewood’s rarity and its extreme carving difficulty, qualities which the prospective customers will never recognize and pay accordingly. The secondary reason is the unique Canjerana’s property of changing its own color from the original pinkish to a beautiful dark purple, by just suffering a quick action of the air/sunlight.

I bought a rough board of salvaged and cup-warped Canjerana (90” x 16” x 1 ½ ”) with bug holes and some sapwood. However, I did not take it to be machine-processed into the necessary thinner pieces because I could not allow any waste produced by the planer and the table saw, since it would reduce dramatically the usable wood. Instead, I cut all the thinner beams and boards using just a handsaw and planed them individually by hand. Although its cedar-like consistency is the usual standard among Brazilian carvers, it looked to me rather as a mild slab of beeswax. So the effective woodworking time that I spent on the Canjerana wood was about one quarter of the whole time that I would have spent on the Rio-rosewood.

It was entirely made in my closet-size workshop during my spare time and took 4 ½ months to be completed, including its blue velvet lining. The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax (carnauba, beeswax, turpentine). Exclusively hand tools were used.

Dimensions: 27” high x 20” wide x 16” deep

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My email: [email protected]

Best regards,

Dilo Marcio Fernandino
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 10:27 PM

Wow Dilo – What a beautiful piece, as always you show your fantastic talent to us. Hope you make many more pieces and look forward to seeing them too.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 10:27 PM

Beautiful. Love everything about it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 10:38 PM

another extreemly beautyfull piece from the master of handtools
thanks for sharing it and what one can do in a small workshop if the wiches is high enoff to crate art

Take care

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 10:41 PM

It’s amazing! Thanks for showing it.

I believe it would sell very easily, for whatever price you name. It’s that good.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 10:58 PM

Dilo, your work is so beautiful that it is almost impossible for me to say what I actually feel whenever I see one of your pieces. They make tears come to my eyes.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 11:31 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 11:51 PM

Wow is right. Wonderful work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 11-15-2010 11:55 PM

I can not believe you have to do “any” convincing, to “anyone” that woodworking, and that piece in particular, is not art. They are just ignorant to real art. It’s not the object as much as the way the piece effects you. Your work speaks volumes to those that can see and hear.
Fantastic, a joy to see. Thanks for sharing with us that can appreciate you talent and skills.

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

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 12:13 AM

when we saw the finished cabinet piece I was very sad because I thought it would be a decade before we saw something else from you :)
And yet – here it is ALREADY.
Another extraordinary piece. It sounds like you have a well-thought-out plan, moving into the “for sale” realm.

And, as always, I am in awe of what you are able to create in such a small space .. a closet. .. you are indeed a master.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 11-16-2010 12:16 AM

dilo, your work belongs in a museum or on display…its just amazing to me that you do all of this by hand…as always your work is fantastic…...i hope you are able to get the right price…i would think your work would be wanted by those who ask for works of art…have you started to market yourself, your ability is amazing…grizzman

p.s every time i see your work space, i feel ashamed that i have a large shop….as i have learned that art can come from a very small shop..with hand tools only…my hat is off to you brother…

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

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#11 posted 11-16-2010 12:31 AM

Beautiful indeed. I wish you good luck for selling it and hope you achieve a very nice price you can be happy about.


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#12 posted 11-16-2010 12:39 AM


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 11-16-2010 12:40 AM

Once again I am humbled by your work.

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#14 posted 11-16-2010 01:59 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Beautifully done and excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 11-16-2010 02:13 AM

Dilow all i can say again is wow. Your work is some of the best i have ever seen. Fantastic craftsmanship, i take my hat off to you by doing all off that by hand.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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