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Project by Andy posted 07-12-2019 07:19 PM 2201 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry for any comments that are missing. LJ was experiencing tech issues and this got posted 3 times, now there is only this one. Please repost your comments if they are missing. Thank you!

This box is a gift for a friend who is graduating, she plans to travel, hence the name Odyssey.
A combination of textures, spalting, colors, and design, are intended to evoke a feeling of our natural earth. The interior trays are connected by a bridge to hold earrings or such…. perhaps joining two shores?
Just my musings, and having fun.

The construction is a butt joint, with walnut pegs left proud. Simple, but tedious to ensure that everything stays aligned and square. I find it much easier to make miter cornered boxes, but I really like this style for its rustic look.

All of the following woods are local native Oregon species
Sides are Myrtlewood
Top is Madrone (Arbutas), spalted, with black epoxy
Front is Walnut with carving, back is also Walnut.
Jewelry trays are Big Leaf Maple, spalted

Imported woods
The red “Bridge”earring tray is Paduk, it is covered in suede pig skin.
Accent on front of lid edge is Bloodwood and Wenge
Three inlay stripes on front of sides are Bloodwood

The bottom is lined with Buffalo hide.

The finish is Deft semi-gloss spray lacquer.

The hinges are 1/8” brass pins.

Size: 11.5” long x 7.25” wide x 3” tall

Thanks for looking, and as always your comments are greatly appreciated!

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

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#1 posted 07-12-2019 07:37 PM

wow another beauty andy love your design and wood choice,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-12-2019 07:38 PM

This box is realy something special! Those carved details are pretty amaizing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-12-2019 08:06 PM

As always Andy a creative and unique design and great workmanship. Beautiful.


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#4 posted 07-12-2019 08:38 PM

way too many pieces of eye candy – I put on 3 pounds of saw dust and drooled all over my keyboard.

Nice, Nice, NICE

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 07-12-2019 09:07 PM

Beautiful…I think you captured the adventure that this young grad is about to embark on…surprises everywhere you look and the chance to explore new worlds. Excellent job!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 07-12-2019 11:05 PM

So nice just as all of your work is! The box is packed with so much to see; a quick look is not definitely enough.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 07-13-2019 12:12 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 07-13-2019 12:58 AM

Andy, Absolutely stunning!! What an amazing artistic piece. You have a fantastic gift!

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#9 posted 07-13-2019 01:38 AM

Very awesome Andy!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 07-13-2019 03:02 AM

Wow! Another beauty. I am really liking the texture/pattern you added.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 07-13-2019 04:18 AM

Very COOL, Andy

Nice to see you back…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 07-13-2019 06:33 AM

Words fail me, Andy. Particularly the inside.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 07-13-2019 06:47 AM

Andy, this has an unusual variety of wood treatments…even for you. I see splines, pins, stains, dimples, fills, and wild experiments on the inside. It seems emblematic of someone embarking on a journey of adventure into the unknown of what life can bring to a young person following her bliss. To her and to you I say, “Yo balsom”...may there be a way.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 07-13-2019 10:07 AM

Beautiful box, great design, choice of wood and workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 07-13-2019 10:20 AM

another great looking box especially the sculpted walnut in front…great job!!!!!!!!!!!

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