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Project by SteveAltman posted 02-21-2020 08:50 PM 1033 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Keepsake box. Black palm, pink ivory, spalted maple. One of a set of 3 somewhat similar (in sentiment?) boxes done in 2011. Seems to be copied a lot, which, for the most part, is flattering.





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 02-21-2020 09:34 PM

I like the features this box brings with it. Decidedly Japanese to my eye, and quite nice. Good job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#2 posted 02-21-2020 10:40 PM

Another great design that I have seen hundreds of times on pinterest. I love the look of black palm, it is just so expensive for me to buy any size I can do something with.

The half-lap trestles set into the legs is definitely a design idea that I have been wanting to do, just havent gotten to it yet. I figure that will happen when I go through my “japanese influence” phase, which is coming soon, I think.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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pottz

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#3 posted 02-22-2020 12:12 AM

i dont comment on a lot boxes here,well because their are so many,but this one deserves some fan fare.well executed my friend,a stand out from the crowd.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 02-22-2020 03:47 AM

Very attractive work! I clicked on the link on your home page and HOLY SMOKES I love what I see in your gallery! You are definitely a master craftsman doing some totally beautiful woodworking!

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

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#5 posted 02-22-2020 12:56 PM

Steve great design and execution. I do hope those that “get insperation” from you at least give you a nod. That is a cool box.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 02-22-2020 01:47 PM

I agree this has a wonderful japanese flare to it. I love seeing new designs for boxes. You did a great job an this one!

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

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#7 posted 02-22-2020 03:21 PM

Hi,

Thanks very much for all the nice comments.

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#8 posted 02-22-2020 03:49 PM

I also followed your link and “color” me impressed!

Your use of color to highlight the ornamental woods is what sets your work apart. So many great woods loose their impact when they are overused, they need contrast and sparing use to draw the eye in. Of course the design (flourishes?) influence how these contrasts are combined into the final product and you have that aspect nailed.
I’d love to see your collection of “rejects” as I know that pushing these designs and colors with wood has a learning curve 8^)

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SteveAltman

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#9 posted 02-22-2020 05:08 PM


I also followed your link and “color” me impressed!

Your use of color to highlight the ornamental woods is what sets your work apart. So many great woods loose their impact when they are overused, they need contrast and sparing use to draw the eye in. Of course the design (flourishes?) influence how these contrasts are combined into the final product and you have that aspect nailed.
I d love to see your collection of “rejects” as I know that pushing these designs and colors with wood has a learning curve 8^)

- splintergroup

Thanks for the kind words.

Talking about the “color” of wood in design – effects of aging and oxygenation, natural hues versus stain, bleach, or dye, effects of topcoats, etc. etc. – could go on for hours, for sure. As far as I’m concerned, wood in its natural state doesn’t have a color. Almost every single piece of wood is comprised of several colors – or, possibly, numerous colors. Once that’s clear, how you use those colors in the overall design becomes a lot more interesting. At least it is for me.

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 02-25-2020 12:41 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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mafe

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#11 posted 02-25-2020 09:06 AM

Beautiful box.
Really fine work on that one.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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