Tea Box

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Project by BanjoBen posted 01-28-2019 06:19 PM 1162 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a tea box I finished up over the weekend. It’s made from African mahogany, with walnut splines, and walnut interior dividers. The braid carvings on all 4 lateral faces are carved, initially, with the Shaper Origin to establish overall shape, and then finished by hand, to get a three-dimensional look. The top is engraved with a tree of life design, and inlaid at the boundary with crushed abalone.

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#1 posted 01-29-2019 12:55 AM

Well done!!!

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 01:02 AM

Nicely designed and carved. Great job!

-- AJ

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#3 posted 01-29-2019 02:05 AM

I like it!

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#4 posted 01-29-2019 02:36 AM

Over the top wonderful in a great way.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#5 posted 01-29-2019 02:48 AM

Beautiful !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-29-2019 03:18 AM

Thanks! I had this idea a couple weeks ago and decided to try to make it a reality. Made another before this that turned out alright, but I decided to change some things and take another stab at it. This is the result of that.

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#7 posted 01-29-2019 03:43 AM

very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 11:38 AM

Impressive.. Congrats on top 3

-- Petey

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#9 posted 01-29-2019 12:24 PM

Wow – I love everything about it. Carvings are beautiful, give it a very rich look along with the stone inlay. Very creative.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#10 posted 01-29-2019 02:31 PM

Good design and beautiful woodwork!!

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#11 posted 01-29-2019 03:50 PM

I really like the weave effect you got with the carving. Nice job!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#12 posted 01-29-2019 04:02 PM

I really like the weave effect you got with the carving. Nice job!

- BigAl98

Yeah, I spent some time studying the braid group in grad school, and ended up using a picture of one of the elements of the braid group as the logo for my Etsy shop. I’ve since taken it as inspiration for some other designs like this one. On this one, each of the braids is slightly different in crossing configuration, so the carvings on all four faces are unique.

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#13 posted 01-30-2019 07:23 PM

Great work, I love the idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 06-01-2019 04:43 PM


-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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