Pantheon Theatre Memory Box

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Project by Wheathills posted 08-12-2011 11:41 AM 3841 views 15 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Memory Box in the form of a Pantheon Theatre took the whole team 18 months to build with soooo many meetings with the client and re-designs etc etc.

There’s over 10,000 pieces of marquetry involved.
Over 2,300 man hours were used.
Over 300 hours spent traditionally French Polishing the memory box and its components – no lacquer/spray used.
Over 25 different timbers used.
The exterior brickwork marquetry is in Maple.
The pillars are Zebrano and the stairs Maple.
The Memory Box Dome is made from Spalted Beech.

The client wanted to combine his passion (the theatre) with a safe place to store associated memorabilia (things like his theatre ticket stubs from the shows he’d been to all around the world).
80 cms square by 50 cms high.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 12:35 PM

Holly Wow! I’m with Autumn…. I am flat out speechless…. Wow….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 12:44 PM

This is absolutely incredible! It is a beautiful masterpiece you should all be proud of.


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

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 01:08 PM

your an artist, a very good artist

-- check, recheck then check again

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#4 posted 08-12-2011 01:12 PM

Spectacular. Hard to think of this project as a box, but it is truly marvelous piece. My admiration is boundless. Wonderful work.

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

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 01:28 PM

Like Roger, I would be hard pressed to put a simple box label on this. It is undoubtedly the most elaborate and detailed “box” that I have seen. Wheathills certainly should be proud of this creation. Thank you for sharing this. It was a distinct pleasure to be able to see such ability and craftsmanship.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 08-12-2011 01:31 PM

Wow, that is insane detail. I love it.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#7 posted 08-12-2011 01:33 PM

My jaw dropped when I saw this. Simply breathtaking work. WOW!

Are there any hidden compartments in this piece?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 08-12-2011 02:10 PM

This is beyond awesome. I cannot imagine the detication you have. WOW! WOW! and WOW!

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

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#9 posted 08-12-2011 02:19 PM

I am truly amazed. That is awesome. WOW

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#10 posted 08-12-2011 02:33 PM

WOOOOOW!... No words can express my amazement on how this was done. An excellent box! Whoever made this, surely has got a lot of patience. Wow! Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 08-12-2011 02:38 PM

Bravo! Now That’s an incredible Box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 08-12-2011 02:43 PM

Ditto to all the previous comments. True art. Your client was certainly fortunate to find you!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 08-12-2011 02:45 PM


-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#14 posted 08-12-2011 03:27 PM

Had to go check out your home page and previous projects. Your client did not find you by accident, your
reputation must be well known in England and Europe, only us colonists are now learning about your skill
artistry, and dedication. Memory boxes such as the Rolls Royce engine and the ballerina are not accidents.
The gaming table would not be out of place in any castle or estate. I know what French polishing is, and
to imagine the work necessary on this masterpiece in terms of sheer labor as well as the patience needed
to do the finely detailed marquetry and turnings and the artistic talent and skills to do them so well. I can
understand the 2,300 man hours, but can only stand in awe of your talent. Thank you for sharing the
knowledge that such people exist and making us aspire to learn these skills. What ever the world travelling
customer paid, it was not enough, even with the praise he must have given you.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 08-12-2011 03:47 PM

Awe inspiring!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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