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Blood on the Rooftops

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 02-14-2011 05:54 PM 2375 views 1 time favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box in the pop art style.

Size is approx. 170mm (at it’s highest point) x 100mm x 100mm, with a drop on lid sloped at 15°.

Materials are Yew, Purpleheart, Ebony, Sycamore and Padauk. The grain direction is vertical for all of these except the Padauk.

Glue is PVA. Finish is wax over sanding sealer.

The concept behind this box is that given that death awaits us all at the end of our brief existence, it beggars belief that we (as a species) hasten it by our greed, intolerance and hate.

The concept for this box has haunted me for many years and thanks to the influences of people I have met here and a growing confidence I have found through posting my work I can now finally express it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.





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steliart

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 06:00 PM

Unusual project Martyn, very well expressed and constructed.
Very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 06:01 PM

Congratulations on finding the courage to face a project that’s been haunting you; and sharing it with others.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 06:03 PM

Very interesting and well carried out, Martyn.

Now may I suggest you enter therapy as soon as possible. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 06:05 PM

Thoughtful, beautiful and brilliant! A true masterpiece with meaning and beauty. It is truly a work of art!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 06:23 PM

Wow, your piece is very reminiscent of some of Antoni Gaudi’s work in architecture (one of my favourite architects) and really strikes a chord.

Nicely done!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 06:55 PM

Very striking Martyn. I really like this piece. I think anything that gets me thinking about more than only what I’m looking at merits a lot of praise – this is most certainly one of those pieces.

Very nice use of color from the woods as well.

Never be afraid to display what you believe in. The only way to guarantee that nobody comments badly on your work is also a guarantee that nobody comments positively on your work – that’s to never show it.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] / www.rhoadesclan.com

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hairy

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 07:16 PM

You keep setting the bar higher. Congratulations!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 07:28 PM

wow that is really something…took me back for a second but then it warmed up to me… i really like it…its like a Sherlock Holmes mystery table…....who killed the butler while playing checkers…......ooooohhhhhhhhh…great piece..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 08:20 PM

Wow Martyn, this is the ultimate in creativity!
Congratulations on bringing this to fruition and reality.
Just an amazing piece!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#10 posted 02-14-2011 08:27 PM

Brilliantly thought out and portrayed in this design. Two thumbs up!

Isn’t that a Genesis song? “Blood on the Rooftops”

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 02-14-2011 09:04 PM

Yes, Coz. That’s where the name for this box came from. I’ve listened too it many times whilst designing and constructing the box. I toyed with the idea of including a youtube link to it in the post. I erred against it though as, whilst I am not afraid of stating my views, I did not want to single out anyone or group in particular which would dilute the message and cause possible offence. Offended people seldom think about what is being said when they, rightly or wrongly, take it personally.

Most of all though I wanted to slay one of my personal demons. Heres hoping.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 02-14-2011 09:12 PM

I love how your passion for music reflects in your art, Martyn. It shows with all the depth and emotion you put into every piece.

Thanks again! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 02-14-2011 09:15 PM

Thanks, Sheila

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 02-14-2011 09:50 PM

Thought provoking just like the song…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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#15 posted 02-14-2011 10:18 PM

don’t know the song, but I like the box anyway! It’s just wild to look at.

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