Sherri's Bouquet of Flowers Marquetry Box

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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 03-10-2013 05:16 PM 6143 views 12 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box for my wife Sherri which features sand shaded marquetry cut in the classic style. The motif was taken from the ASFM workbook and interestingly was a study piece that Patrick Edwards cut while he was in Ecoulle Boulle in Paris and is still hanging on the wall at ASFM. The inside lid features a book matched walnut burl with a small floral motif which was a re-application of one of the flowers on the top. The box itself is locally harvested solid walnut, re-sawn and grain matched at all four corners. Splines and box trim are wenge. Inside is a single tray which slides from side to side, both box and tray are lined with black suede which gives off a luxurious aroma of leather when the lid is opened. Finish is french polish throughout which took a long time as I was learning along the way, but I am really pleased with the end result.

I’m thinking about entering this box in the Veneer Tech Challenge…but I’m not sure it’s good enough.

Thanks for looking, and feedback is always welcome.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 05:19 PM

Absolutely stunning!


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#2 posted 03-10-2013 05:25 PM

Oh so much elegance, love the inside lid portion well done…BC

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 06:13 PM

Great-looking marquetry. I need to learn more about it someday. The box accents it well, too.

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 07:16 PM

That is a pretty nice box…well done…

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#6 posted 03-10-2013 07:53 PM

Just beautiful Mat.
Yes, I’ve already seen it but you’ve presented it so nicely here that It’s like the first time again.
The cutting, veneer choice, and the box itself are all just first class.
The background choice on the front and the dark edges are sweet and the veneer match and accent marquetry on the inside are a real treat as well.
Sherri’s a lucky girl !
Your best so far IMHO.

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

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#7 posted 03-10-2013 08:04 PM

Simply beautiful and such a nice surprise to see more flowers inside : )

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#8 posted 03-10-2013 08:32 PM

It’s beautiful. So jealous! I hope to get there someday :-)

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#9 posted 03-10-2013 09:01 PM

Amazing work Mathew. I wouldn’t hesitate to enter it if it were mine. I can’t imagine that marquetry work can be done much better than this. I love the box too, especially the burl and marquetry inside the lid, but all the other details as well. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 09:34 PM


Sherri’s box is absolutely outstanding! We would love to be able to see it in person. Definitely award quality!


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#11 posted 03-10-2013 09:41 PM

Very cool Mat, I need to get going on my project can’t wait to show it for the first time.

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#12 posted 03-10-2013 09:46 PM


Unbelievable craftsmanship, If this piece isnt good enough to enter I dont know what would be.



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#13 posted 03-10-2013 10:15 PM

Beautiful in every sense!

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#14 posted 03-10-2013 11:02 PM

Beautiful Marquetry! Great looking box!

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#15 posted 03-10-2013 11:20 PM

Nedeljko bravo! Brilliantly and beautifully you have progressed! Ease of selected motifs .. choice veneers background .. and of course technique – bravo.

Best regards,


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