Marquetry kaapake box

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Project by Ben Elbert posted 11-20-2019 05:47 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The background veneer is European Birch and the bird is made from Kokte, ebony, and maple, the branch is paduk.
The leaves ae sand shaded Osage Orange. the box ix American Walnut There is apprx. 50 hrs. labor.

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 05:48 PM

Very beautiful! 50 hours well spent.

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

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 05:54 PM

Beautiful work!!!
Does sand shading involve heated sand that burns the wood?
Can you describe that process a little bit?
Just curious.
Very gorgeous marquetry! The color are vivid with your wood choices.

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 06:51 PM

That sure is a Beauty! I dont imagine it can get any more lifelike than this. The box itself is also very nice.

I am glad other folks do marquetry so I dont have to.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#4 posted 11-20-2019 07:29 PM

Mr. Wolffe I use a heating plate to heat a fine craft sand, held in a small cast ion skillet. I have alwass closed twizzers to hold the pieces in the sand on edge. You need to be vigilant to avoid over heating. I hope this satisfies your curiosity.

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#5 posted 11-20-2019 07:54 PM

Beautifully done, I’m sure this will be treasured for a very long time.

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 09:39 PM

Love your marquetry Ben. The colors are great and the box is very nice too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-20-2019 10:13 PM

That’s just wonderful.

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#8 posted 11-20-2019 10:45 PM

Marquetry I can say from experience is challenging at best and a nightmare at worst. It’s a bit like tapestry only more complicated with no disrespect to any tailor or seamstress …it’s difficult at best unless yr gifted

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 11-21-2019 02:27 AM

What did you use for the underlying plate for the marquetry? Also, what glue, how pressed?

I do some Marquetry now, am looking to head in exactly the direction you have gone, only I expect to do it in around 100 hours at least, and my birds/flowers will be more… rustic in appearance.

Also for bird pictures, take a look at Crane Creek Graphics in Wyoming.

Love the sand shade. My last attempt got smokey.

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#10 posted 11-21-2019 04:42 AM

Nice one Ben!

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

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