New Zealand memento box

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Project by larryw posted 02-19-2011 08:57 PM 3993 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of the first boxes that I put inlay on. I made it to house a few mementos I picked up when visiting the beautiful country of New Zealand in 2006. The box is made entirely of New Zealand ancient kauri wood, except for the outer inlay, legs, thumb lid lift, and narrow stringing around the top panel , which is ebony. The inside of the lid also Has an inlay of paua abalone shell. Of course, the inlays represent the country in outline.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 09:12 PM

Great looking Box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 09:17 PM

That really does look great. I never get tired of seeing such beautiful boxes.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 10:15 PM

Nice job and great idea! Now I have even more homework to do after vacations… Did you get the Kauri while you were there or did you have to hunt it down after you got back? Gives me shivers thinking about working with it.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 10:23 PM

Hey Larry, (what can I say as a Kiwi) you have crafted a beautiful way of recording your visit to our shores.
The lovely clean lines of your box are set of by the detailed cutting of the paua, great job well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 10:54 PM

Another nice one. Tasteful design and impeccable execution. I am anxiously awaiting the next one.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 11:16 PM

Hi Larry Well I see another beautiful box, clean lines, superb execution, and impeccable inlay, tastefully done, thanks for sharing
ps. I second curiosity about the wood, vacation, details, details, details, we love to hear more about everything involved with these wonderful projects you have shared with us

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 12:47 AM

What a great idea for a memento box of NZ. A box made from NZ wood and with a map of NZ, now you cant tell me you will ever forget where its from and why you made it.
Great stuff!

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 02:35 AM

Great work Larry nice touch with the wood & paua I love New Zealand it’s a great place & I really like the box

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 02-20-2011 03:16 AM

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. I thought that I would answer a couple questions about the wood here in the comments section. The wood of course is from New Zealand. It is proported to be at least 50,000 years old, and is being dug up from peat bogs and farmers fields. I could have bought some while there, but then there’s the shipping and getting it back to the states, but there is a supplier here in the U.S. that specializes in importing the logs, milling, and selling the lumber. It’s rather pricey, but it’s a beautiful wood in limited quantities, so I guess it’s to be expected.Here’s the web site if anyone is interested.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 03:52 AM

great work, I like the inlay of the island.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 05:12 AM

Very well done. The finish looks like a piano. You did a great job on the inlay. I like how the abalone is reserved for the inside of the box.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#12 posted 02-20-2011 09:03 AM

Hi Larry, nice bit of kit there… I am off to NZ in a few days…
Love the Kauri..Might try and smuggle some out LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 03-22-2011 09:14 AM

You made a lovely job of the NZ box, I’m a NZ’er and the map is fairly well spot on, what did you think of the Kauri, I don’t normally use it as it is too soft and tends to mark easily

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#14 posted 05-11-2017 05:46 PM

This is a very nice box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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