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Project by longgone posted 12-21-2012 07:47 PM 2842 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has really been a marathon of box sculpting and carving for me in order to get through the recent shows and commissioned orders that I promised for christmas. Last friday I shipped out the last piece I needed to get done for the santa schedule.
The fall shows have been unbelievably great for me and have been bringing in quite a few excellent commission projects in addition to the show sales…
I get a grin on my chin when I think about a comment made to me by a woodworker I spoke with at a show over a year ago… when he commented that ”no one is going to pay those prices for a box”.

Good to get back this week to a somewhat normal schedule (whatever that is) and work without the deadlines. I have several more commissioned pieces to make unless the Mayan ApocaLips causes the world come to an end like some of the goofballs are predicting…if the world ends I guess they loose their deposits and I do not get to go to my workshop.

This larger box 16×10x7 was promised for a January delivery…so I am ahead of schedule.

This set of boxes are made from good old Louisiana Sinker Cypress that has been drying out in my lumber shed for a good while.

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 07:58 PM

Nice piece, How much more time involved. Merry christmas Greg!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 08:00 PM

very unique and very cool.

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 08:02 PM

By far, that is the best!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 08:24 PM

Just your every day fantastic box Greg. you got it down man you got it down good.


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#5 posted 12-21-2012 08:35 PM

Great job , I have to try this sometime.

-- Dubb , WV

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 08:53 PM

Doc...thanks…and Merry Christman to you too…definitely more time involved in the larger box…but I did not keep track of time it took since I seem to be more focused on end results.

DavidIn...thank you…nothin but fun.

Surfside...I always try to make each one the best..but then the next one comes along and then it becomes my current favorite. My wife always gets a favorite box that I build and she seems to swap it out for her next favorite one….I guess that is why I never gave her one as a Christmas present… always, thank you for always being encouraging and supportive of all of us on Lumberjocks…

Dubb....I say go for it…all it takes is time, patience, focus and alot of enjoyment

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 09:09 PM

They look great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 09:25 PM


-- Joel

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 09:28 PM

Greg, what a wonderful artist you are, and you happen to make nice boxes as well. I am amazed that each one subtly evolves into a slightly more intricate design. The man who gave you the grin thought he was looking at a box instead of a work of art. For a box…its expensive; as a master work of art…its cheap.

I am reminded of the time I saw a neighbor cutting down a 200 year old maple after the final living branch had died. I asked him for the bump (a two foot round burl) growing on the side of the tree. With a roar of his chain saw, he cut it off. As I threw it in my pickup he remarked, “That is pretty poor fire wood.” I agreed. After letting it dry for a year, I made several beautiful box tops from that piece. Sometimes it is all about knowing what you are really looking at.

Keep selling, keep boxing, keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 09:39 PM

Outstanding Work Greg! Just Amazing!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 12-21-2012 10:04 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Greg! As usual for you.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#12 posted 12-21-2012 10:32 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 12-21-2012 10:35 PM

majuvla...I appreciate your kind comment. thank you..!

jap...thanks to you also

Boxguy...thanks for the great comments. I always try to add a bit of change when possible so to keep it interesting but to also maintain a style that has been well received at shows. We all develop our unique style and hope others appreciate what we create…and even more so when they appreciate it enough to purchase it.
My best inspitation for carving my fine art boxes came from your neck of the woods in Tennessee many years ago by a man in Gattlinburg who did some fantastic carved boxes I will never forget…
I spent many summers in Winchester at my uncle’s farm when growing up…some of my lifes best memories…
It is really good that maple was pretty poor firewood in your neighbors eyes…good that we all see things in a different light.

WoodenFrog...I appreciate it. Thanks

Grandaddy1...You are getting some nice sculpting in your boxes…addicting, isn’t it???

deon...whoever thought having fun could be so much fun…!

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#14 posted 12-21-2012 10:38 PM

Merry Christmas Greg. I am happy to hear you have had a busy year and I hope the next is even better.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#15 posted 12-21-2012 10:50 PM

Outstanding work!

I’m glad to hear they’re selling well. Your work is truly deserving of a premium price.

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