Spirit Salmon Jewelry Box

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Project by woodreamer posted 03-11-2011 10:02 AM 2356 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was built in layers using solid oak for the body and drawers, and maple and padauk for the inlay design of the box top, all cut on the scroll saw. 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch stock was used. The inlay was done with stack cutting two pieces of wood (padauk and maple) and then swapping pieces, glued to a 1/32 inch piece of baltic birch plywood. This method yield two pieces in reverse. I finished the project with a light coat of lemon oil, drying with a fan for about a day, then 3 or four coats of spray shellac. The whole project toolk about three days to complete. The salmon design is Haida first nations, on the Pacific Northwest coast, which was known, up until 2010 as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Now it is Haida Qwaii, The same peope live in southern Alaska, and are called the Tlingit nation.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 10:07 AM

Cool box… 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 03-11-2011 06:03 PM

Looks great! I really like the inlay design.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 06:09 PM

very cool looken box.

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

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 06:37 PM

Nice work!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 07:03 PM

I love your inlay design Bob and the box too. If I remember correctly the Haida are the people who measure their wealth and status by how much they can give away to their fellow tribe members at a big get-together called a potlatch. An unusual and admirable society and very artistically gifted too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks all for the comments. Much appreciated.
Bob in BC

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 08:27 PM

Excellent inlay work! I also like the overall design of the box.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 10:16 PM

Thanks Steve

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 03-11-2011 11:29 PM

What an imagination! I love it!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 12:33 AM

Thanks a lot Don. Appreciate that.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 05:44 AM

Very unique box, nice scrollsaw work.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 03-12-2011 01:35 PM

I love seeing originality & being educated also. thanks for sharing your work & the history of the art

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 04:55 PM

Very cool….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 07:48 PM

Thanks for your kind words Michelletwo

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 07:48 PM

Thank you Dan.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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