gnarly koa box

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Project by cathyb posted 07-03-2013 03:23 AM 2359 views 5 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So while I was out there trying to use up my off cuts, I ran across this little koa board. I was so gnarly, which is my favorite wood to play with. The older I get the more I feel any affinity for wood that has a little more wear and tear.
I cut into 3/8 inch thick pieces and the box size was totally determined by how much wood was there about 6” square and 3 1/2” tall. The wood, including the top, were laminated to another piece of koa to give me the final thickness that I needed.
It is a lift off lid with a pheasant wood knob (yellow shower tree).
Although I made this box for a fair, I think this little guy needs to stay here. I want to hold onto him for awhile.
Thanks for looking….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 03:26 AM

Send it my way, I love it and would love to have the ability to create one like it

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 03:30 AM

Gnarly is good! Quite a knotty piece!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 03:31 AM

the knot hole adds character and on some woods that are dark and highly figured with checks and knots i like to fill them with molten silver or brass, copper. your boxes are very cool and great use of fall offs. outstanding work and design as usual.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 03:45 AM

Beautiful wood. Excellent work. I wish I had Koa just laying around the shop. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 03:56 AM

Just move to where she lives, Monte and your wish will come true
Hey, Cathy I thought you told me about a year ago you were going to start using hinges on your boxes.
These are beautiful boxes.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 05:07 AM

Knotty or maybe naughty? Hmm, maybe I should give him that naughty name. Just a thought…..

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 05:53 AM

All interesting pieces Cathy and if they help clean the shop up even better.
One man’s scrap may well be another woman’s art piece.
You’ve made some odd bits look very good. Congrats!

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

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#8 posted 07-03-2013 08:41 AM

Fun working with Koa isn’t it Cathy. I have one shop I sell items to that only displays items made from Koa in her store. I like working with it as well….of course Mango and Monkey Pod are fun. Great looking box.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 07-03-2013 10:50 AM

Kathy, waste knot want knot. I just finished a series of boxes where the size of the board determined the size of the box. It was fun and useful. I sure enjoy seeing your work and love the variety and creativity you put into your projects. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 07-03-2013 11:09 AM

Kathy, I don’t blame you for wanting to keep this box. Its awesome and I too like some of the others have said I wish I had access to Koa, but I love living in South and North Carolina to even think of moving. All I have to do is find me some nice Koa somewhere.
Love all your work, keep posting.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#11 posted 07-03-2013 11:55 AM

Well out of the three post you have netered, this one is my favorite and gets my vote. I don’t know what it is, maybe the colouring in the wood the character of the wood or just the shape of the box it’s self, I just love it… well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 07-03-2013 12:10 PM

knarly is knice!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 07-03-2013 12:47 PM

That is one beautiful box!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#14 posted 07-03-2013 12:58 PM

Beautiful box. I love the color. Nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 07-03-2013 01:29 PM

This turned out great. The knot adds a lot of character. Perfect way to use up material.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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