Another box...Wedding gift

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Project by Ryan Shervill posted 01-18-2008 02:33 AM 4408 views 18 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, I thought I’d share this set with you. The box is maka with curly soft maple, and the carved leaf motif is copied from the cover of the album inside the box. The “D” stands for Dean, the Groom’s last name.

Funny story behind this one….the Bride hired me to make the gift as a wedding gift for her groom. Through working with her on design, etc…I learned that the groom was, in fact, one of my childhood friends who I hadn’t spoken to in 25 years! I kept this little tidbit of info to myself, and giftwrapped the box when it was done so the bride couldn’t peak. I told her the invoice was placed discretely inside the album, and to not worry about payment until they returned from the honeymoon. Well, there was an invoice…..marked $0.00 balance due, and a picture of the groom and I together at the age of 6 :). It must have surely suprised them, because I got a thank you call at midnight on the wedding night! I mean, surely there must have been something better they could be doing their first night as a married couple than calling me ;-) Anyway, I was touched.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 01-18-2008 02:35 AM

Great story and a beautiful box to boot. Nice work!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 02:36 AM

That is a beautiful box! Nice work. That curly grain is stunning.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 02:39 AM

Great box! I like the leaf.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-18-2008 02:51 AM

Wonderful box and great! story

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 03:26 AM

Impressive box, I like the inlay. Very nice!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#6 posted 01-18-2008 03:30 AM

Really cool. The work is excellent. Keep it up and keep showing us.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 01-18-2008 03:40 AM

Love that lid, and the tale. Thanks for another splendid offering, Ryan.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#8 posted 01-18-2008 03:41 AM

Can’t put a price on that. Way to go Ryan. A gift like that will lead to more word of mouth referral work. I’d say that was a good investment in your future friendship and business.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 01-18-2008 04:13 AM

That’s gorgeous! I like the lines and symmetry – that’s one wedding gift that will be treasured for a lifetime.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 01-18-2008 04:51 AM

Great box and an even greater story. I’m sure this gift will be a lasting memory. Every time they look at their wedding album or celebrate an anniversary they will think of you.

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#11 posted 01-18-2008 05:33 AM

The story vs. the box and the winner is… a beautiful beginning…thank for sharing ….Blkcherry

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#12 posted 01-18-2008 07:03 AM

I think you’ve rekindled a friendship. Nice one!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 01-18-2008 11:09 AM

Great story – great box.
The inlays really set off the top – classically simple.

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#14 posted 01-18-2008 11:54 AM

I’ll just ditto that: great box – great story.

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#15 posted 01-18-2008 12:29 PM

What more is there to say than great story and a great box.

-- Working at Woodworking

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