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Project by madburg posted 10-27-2020 12:04 AM 541 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another small chest based on a Japanese kodansu. Kodansu were highly decorated small table cabinets made in the 19th century, to store items related to Kōdō – the Japanese incense ceremony.

The chest is covered with a jarrah parquetry pattern enhanced with makie lacquer ‘wheels’ and maple leaves.

The rear of the chest has two makie lacquer Love Birds.

The interior is veneered with cherry sprinkled with Gold dust. The three small internal drawers are made of Woodie Pear with lime edging.

Their interiors are also sprinkled with ‘gold’ dust. The drawer knobs are stud earrings depicting a maple tree. Makie lacquer maples leaves enhance the fronts.

The largest drawer contains three small boxes with lift off lids. These are made from cherry with lime stringing and Makie lacquer maples leaves on their lids.

A hole in the bottom of the drawer allows a finger to push up the middle box to extract it.

I love making these small chest -so much packed into a small space – great fun!

Thanks for looking. If you’ve not seen my other Kodansu check out my projects.

-- Madburg WA

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 10-27-2020 01:55 AM

Another stunning box packed into a tiny space. Sounds like great fun if you have the patience.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 10-27-2020 02:00 AM

This is a really nice box! Great work!!!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 10-27-2020 03:28 AM

Wow, that is just beautiful work. Great craftsmanship coupled with a great design. I love the intricate inlay, and the sense of proportion on this is just perfect. Really, really well done.

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#4 posted 10-27-2020 08:44 AM

Another excellent piece!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 10-27-2020 10:19 AM

Very nice!

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#6 posted 10-27-2020 10:23 AM

Beautiful box !

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#7 posted 10-27-2020 11:16 AM

Simply beautiful work.

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#8 posted 10-27-2020 12:25 PM

Just beautiful. Some of us are wood workers, you Sir, are an artist!

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

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#9 posted 10-27-2020 01:56 PM

Again – wow! These have been a pleasure to see!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 10-27-2020 03:00 PM

Beautiful work as always!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 10-27-2020 03:07 PM

wow simply beautiful GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 10-27-2020 05:38 PM

Beautiful and masterfully crafted.
Wonderful work.

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#13 posted 10-27-2020 07:45 PM

Nice work!!!

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#14 posted 10-27-2020 11:02 PM

I’ve been out of words for your work for a while now Martin.
Another superb piece!

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

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#15 posted 10-27-2020 11:46 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, great details

-- Eric, building the dream

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