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Project by longgone posted 12-31-2011 07:21 AM 4724 views 23 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I made a Cocobolo Box and I decided that its twin needed to come visit. It is difficult to find good Cocobolo these days…especially with similar grain characteristics and coloring. The second box has a much darker grain with alot of black mixed in…
The box interior is quite simple and basic…just lined with a velvet bottom.

A while back I sculpted the inside lid of a box and found it to be a problem because after sculpting both the inside and exterior of the top I discovered it made the wood too thin in spots and caused warping that ruined the top.

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 07:56 AM

Now that is possibly your best work yet..

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 08:03 AM

Ok Greg.
Now that Andy has given us a tutorial on his art boxes, it’s time for you to do one on sculpting them.
Truly wonderful and I am working on several but the sanding and carving is driving me crazy
how do you do it and so many in such a short period
there must be some tricks you could share.
TNX for you examples.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 08:10 AM

Beautiful boxes!

-- Evil can only thrive when good men do nothing.......E. Burke

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 08:44 AM

I don’t of any words to describe what beauties these are. Do you have any videos, tips or tutorials on how you do the sculpting? Your boxes are absolutely fabulous!


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#6 posted 12-31-2011 09:15 AM

That is unbelievable. How did you make that? Amazing. I feel like I am truly witnessing art. Incredible. You have to create a “how to” video on this.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 12:34 PM

Amazing boxes
Beautiful wood

-- Steve--

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 12:53 PM

Gosh but that is amazing wood! Then your sculpting brings even more life and energy to the boxes. Quite incredible.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 02:22 PM

Yup, greg has definatly got the technique down pat! I to would love to see you do a tutorial, your time has come, please share what you have learned, show us start to finish, your boxes are so beautiful.

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 02:45 PM

this maybe my favorite. I think because of the coloration in the wood. Light with dark streaks. I’ve liked all of them, but this one is eye-popping.

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 03:01 PM

tutorial … tutorial … altogether: tutorial … tutorial …

It’s amazing how well balanced these curves are. When I do something like that the shapes are far more rustic and organic, yours look like designed with mathematical precision and then you seem to materialize these boxes. They can’t be hand made. Confess! You are a psychic!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 03:36 PM

Beautiful selections of wood. Terrific work; the way you replicate the cuts/carving is amazing. The sanding and grinding I’ve done on a couple projects similar prove to me that sure requires a great deal of practice and good technique. Great job!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 04:25 PM

I have run out of glowing words to express how fantastic your boxes are!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 04:33 PM

Greg, of your workmanship I can say no more than I have in the past (running out of adjectives) but I can say that you have really chosen some fine material for this one and done it proud.

I hope this is making you rich as well as famous.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 12-31-2011 04:43 PM

Your boxes look somewhat the same at first, but when you look closer you can see that they are all different,
and that you seem to be able to let the wood talk to you and let you know how to show the highlights
and grain of each box off to the best of your ability. I have attempted this, and realize that it is going to
take time and practice. Thank you once again for inspiring us to go out to the shop and play with wood,
I am having fun, and someday hope to have a project I can display here.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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