Black Oak Box and Palm Crosses

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Project by jbschutz posted 09-08-2013 02:44 AM 1410 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The legendary Black Oak tree strikes again! A while back, I posted a picture of a box made from Black Oak that came from a tree that saved the life of a barn-storming pilot in Wisconsin. Since then, his relatives have had me make them two more boxes, as well as a number of crosses from lumber. This box is actually going to end up with the guy who was piloting the plane! The box is 5.5×8 inches, with mitered corners and walnut splines. The leaves are three piece, hand-carved, with a walnut vein, and the tray has a walnut lift. The box bottom and tray are lined with black suede.The lid is hinged with hidden pins and everything is finished with hand rubbed poly. The crosses are approx 4.5 inches tall and have no finish…the natural oils from the hands of those who use it become the finish.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 03:02 AM

Very, very nicely done! Your carved leaves (& lid lift) are outstanding and really distinguish this piece.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 04:09 AM

Awesome work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 04:27 PM

Hi John
Good looking box with that pair of beautiful carved oak leaves as a lift giving it that special touch and a tie in to the Black Oak story .
The wood coming from the Black Oakcertainly makes this a special box with a legend to be told .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 06:06 PM

Another of your lovely boxes.

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 12:40 AM

This is way too kool. Luv the leaves, and everything else bout it too.

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

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