Marquetry Tea Box from 19th C Drawing

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Project by mauibob posted 03-24-2014 06:19 PM 2443 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was the result of a commission to incorporate a late 19th century painting onto the top of a box for teas! When I first was asked to do this, I was a bit nervous because of the subject matter—a moose!! I was afraid that, given my wildlife drawing skills (i.e., previously non-existent), I would end up with a moose that had googly looking eyeballs, or some other such deformity :-)

I’ve attached a photo of the original work by Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius (1869 – 1959), a leading American wildlife artist.

The box was made in Chechen rosewood with burl walnut veneer, and the marquetry included maple, sycamore, koa, holly, aspen, ebony and cocobolo. Both wood shading and burning (animal face) were used.

I’ve also included a photo of a sample box (flower design) that I made to make sure I had the design and dimensions correct for the final piece.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 06:21 PM

wow, that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 06:25 PM

Outstanding, very nicely done. Many levels above my patience threshold.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 06:28 PM

Now this one I would have recognized as yours right off. The last one, using Dennis’ marquetry pattern was a bit of a stealth project but this one is clearly in your personal style.
Great interpretation of a not so easy subject and excellent choice of veneers.

And oh, by the way the “practice box” isn’t so shabby either.

Good to see you back posting after a long absence. We missed you.

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

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 06:37 PM

Nice indeed.

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

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 07:29 PM

Beautiful work on both boxes. Someone must really love tea to store it such a nice piece of art.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 07:37 PM

Very Nice. Both boxes are great.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 07:38 PM

That really makes my work look simple. Awesome job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 07:40 PM

Verry demanding technic, great execution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 07:47 PM

Awesome detailed work and great choice of woods too! Nice to see another Potomac woodworker…used to live there in Howard County now.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 07:58 PM

Beautiful work Bob

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 07:58 PM

beautiful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 03-25-2014 02:35 AM

Beautiful. THere was no need to worry about your skill and the—googly eyes. Great job!

-- --bch

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#13 posted 03-25-2014 03:41 AM

Ah Marquetry! Nice work Bob.
I want to try this technique on my Beretta shotgun.

-- Barksavage

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#14 posted 03-25-2014 04:13 AM

Awesome work .

It’s a beautiful box.
The practice box is great in it’s own right.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 03-25-2014 06:59 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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