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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 01-25-2020 11:14 AM 1461 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Twin towers, complimentary pair of arty boxes.
The basic design idea I stole and tweaked with my own flair.

Dimensions: roughly 8cm X 8 cm.
Woods used: chechen carcass; pear legs and accents, gabon ebony cross support; ebonized oak (legs); sapele interior elements.
Brass and copper inlays.
Copper handles were hand cut from sheet, hammered for texture.
Removable interior trays, so bi-level compartmented.
2 X oiled, then waxed and buffed out.

The interior bottoms will be lined with velvet, velvet which is in the post somewhere between China and Spain atm.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 01-25-2020 11:46 AM

I think I like the legs and feet of the left one better. The legs on the right one feel as though they need something else.

They’re definitely arty. I like!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 01-25-2020 01:06 PM

these are beautiful Brian and sure to be a hit but I just can’t embrace them like your other ingenious boxes

-- 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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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#3 posted 01-25-2020 01:41 PM


I think I like the legs and feet of the left one better. The legs on the right one feel as though they need something else.

They’re definitely arty. I like!

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave! I agree with you, I think the “right” one needs some feet; the wife agrees too. Maybe I will, maybe I wont???? I dont have any chechen left in stock, so it would have to be ebony, I think.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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MrWolfe

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#4 posted 01-25-2020 02:13 PM

Very cool brass inclusions Brian.
I like the handles too. I like the stripe inlays of Chechen on the legs. Isn’t Chechen that toxic wood with poisonous sap and leaves? I know that I have a bad reaction to some woods, did this affect you when you were working it?
Cool boxes and I like that they are a pair.
Jon

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 01-25-2020 03:22 PM

Great job with the inlay, nice way to dress up legs!

I’m with Dave, the unit on the right could use toes, but on it’s own I think it is plenty dressed.

Plenty of exotics involved here! The metals are a fine addition (copper rules 8^)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#6 posted 01-25-2020 04:36 PM


Very cool brass inclusions Brian.
I like the handles too. I like the stripe inlays of Chechen on the legs. Isn t Chechen that toxic wood with poisonous sap and leaves? I know that I have a bad reaction to some woods, did this affect you when you were working it?
Cool boxes and I like that they are a pair.
Jon

- MrWolfe

Thanks, Jon! Yes, chechen is also known as black poisonwood, but it is the bark that is poisonous. Maybe the sap and leaves too, IDK. The wood itself, once stable/dried, is not an irritant. I had no reaction to it.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 01-25-2020 06:30 PM

it would have to be ebony, I think.

As I discovered this morning, sanding ebony without a dust mask makes for some pretty gross kleenexes afterwards. :-/

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Madmark2

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#8 posted 01-25-2020 06:58 PM

Lovely work. About how many hours do you figure on the pair?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 01-25-2020 07:06 PM

“Dimensions: roughly 8cm X 8 cm.”

Somebody give me a magnifying glass. Isn’t that like 3.14” How the heck did you do all that detail.

Awesome pair of boxes Brian, and on stilts no less.

-- Think safe, be safe

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 01-25-2020 08:08 PM

Brian, you are definitely a boxer! Amazing detail on these.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#11 posted 01-25-2020 09:55 PM

Thank you, Dick.

Thanks, Splinty!

Thanks, Jeff. I am now, anyway.

Thanks, SteveN. The carcasses are actually 7.5cm square, so yeah, 3” or so.

Thanks, Madmark2. I cant really answer your question as to hours. I work with what you might term an “artists temperament,” and dont keep track of the time. I should probably start to. I do keep track of the cost of materials however; and as far as pricing goes, I look at the piece when its done and think, this piece is going to sell for XXX amount, and thats that.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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leafherder

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#12 posted 01-25-2020 09:59 PM

I love them! It is like Art Deco costume designer Erte tried his hand at designing skyscrapers.

Thanks for sharing.

PS – Velvet being shipped from China to Spain? That is dedication to your art! Don’t they have a local fabric store or dressmaker willing to sell you scraps?

-- Leafherder

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 01-25-2020 10:43 PM



I love them! It is like Art Deco costume designer Erte tried his hand at designing skyscrapers.

Thanks for sharing.

PS – Velvet being shipped from China to Spain? That is dedication to your art! Don t they have a local fabric store or dressmaker willing to sell you scraps?

- leafherder

Thanks, man, for the fantastic compliment.

As far as the velvet, I meant PSA velvet, as this type is easier for me to work with. I have lots of fabric scraps I could use but I always seem to be unable to get the fabric stretched right so it lays well, so I use the sticky-back stuff.

These boxes will likely be the last I use velvet in, because I will be switching to goatskin suedes and AAA leather for most future builds.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 01-26-2020 12:42 AM

Good design. Like Leafhearder said Art Deco. I also see a more modern ara influence which is one of my favorite artistic periods.

-- James E McIntyre

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kdc68

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#15 posted 01-26-2020 12:54 AM

You’ve packed a lot of detail and exotic wood into these little boxes. I like the legs without the feet. I maybe would have tapered them, maybe not. Beautiful work !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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