Chip Carved Keepsake Box

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Project by gwadam1 posted 03-21-2011 03:05 PM 4491 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Basswood plaques and planks from the crafts store. Chip carved and hand cut joints. This is my fourth or fifth box over the years and I’m working on 3 jewelry boxes at the moment. One for each of my daughters. Will upload more pictures of my other projects as I get them onto the computer.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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Ian Hawthorne

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 03:19 PM

Wow great work – must have taken you quite a while to do the carving alone.


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#2 posted 03-21-2011 04:54 PM

Really nice box and carving. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 05:06 PM

The carving really doesn’t take as long as you might think. A couple of days at most. That’s what I like about chip carving. My biggest problem is getting a decent finish.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 05:26 PM

This box looks wonderful and the carving is very nice. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 06:32 PM

Very nice.
Your chip carving talent is evident.
Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 07:13 PM

Very Nice Box & Chip Carving. Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 08:42 AM

Gorgeous work and welcome to LJ’s.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 03-22-2011 08:53 AM

stunning kudos to you

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 10:47 PM

Wow, someone is very talented.
What a great job.

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 03:45 PM

Very nice box, as I do a lot of chip carving I appreciate the skill required. You mentioned that you would like a better finish. I use a gel stain, prairie wheat, for enhancing the design. I finish with 320 grit glasspaper, with around five layers of sparay urethane varnish in between, satin varnish, if you try that it might work.


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 06:40 AM

I came across the picture on Google images window shopping for Chip Carved Keepsake Box
:) I think this is beautiful! I am not a chip carver (please dont ban me lol) I was wondering how much would a finished box like this cost?. I love the detailed design with the cross :)

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 03:49 PM

Smiles4u – I have been offered $350 for a 9×12 box with no interior embellishments. I really don’t have a set price for my boxes. I have pretty much just made the boxes first and let a few people make me offers. The box above was a special gift for the daughter of a friend and I didn’t charge for it. If I had set a price, I would likely ask for $175 for a 9×12 common design like the one above. Custom designs, larger boxes, or adding interior dividers would be higher of course. The main reason I don’t set a normal price is because, I hate deadlines. I like to work on the boxes at my own pace and I may take an agonizingly long time to complete a project. My daughters have been waiting for me to complete their boxes for almost 3 years now.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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#13 posted 04-04-2011 07:22 PM

That is a stunning box, wonderful carving, very artistic and inspiring image, welcome to lj’s, great to have you here, and thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 04-04-2011 07:22 PM

Thank you for getting back to me. The box is Gorgeous, your freinds daughter is a VERY Lucky girl!! The time ,detail, the cross, and the rose truly will make this a gift that will go past her life time, onto her great grandchildren! :). So you better GET started on your daughters boxes!! LOL The 175.00 puts an item like this on my wish list that can come true a lot sooner then later! Thank you so much for the info! Keep smiling :)

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