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I made this box last year. Some people like it, some don't. It's one of those boxes where I've kind of given up on level lines, or perpendicular lines, or right angles in general. Not sure why; but it is fun, maybe even funny…who knows?

Mainly, it's thuya burl and african blackwood. And lots of tiny pieces - curly sycamore, ebony, pink ivory, purpleheart, bloodwood, limba, verawood, pear, pau amarello, holly. Probably a few more.

Gotta use up those little pieces of scrap…

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hey i like it,it's crazy but gorgeous.thats a lot of thuya burl which lets say i not cheap,i use it for pens a lot.beautiful work.
 

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Thanks. You're right about the thuya burl, expensive and hard to find, sometimes. In this box the thuya burl is veneer (everything else is solid - inlay) so not quite as expensive.
 

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I have on more than one occasion stacked and piled up my scrap pieces but have never stacked them up to look as attractive as this.
What's not to like ?
 

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What an excellent piece! So much to see on every face! Well done!
 

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I like the combination of timbers on the sides and those small inlays. That top knob is special. You certainly have a different and unique style.
 

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A beauty Steve! What did you use for core wood underneath your burl veneer?
 

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That´s really pushing the boundaries; all those funky angles are so cool. Love the way you have used that thin black banding in some places but not everywhere. It takes the true artistic visionary to create a piece like this.
 

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Put me in the camp of the people who like it, who wouldn't?

To me it has hints of the modern artist Piet Mondrian combined with touches of a modern style southwestern look.
Well executed.

What degree did you angle the four posts on each corner?
 

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I like it. But then again, I like to glue little pieces together. The randomness and odd angles really make a statement. Maybe it's crazy, but I am, so I like it.
 

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That's wonderful!

... and nobody can say you copied anything.
 

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Thank you, all, for the very kind comments. I suspect that the Lumberjocks who find the design…disturbing, misbegotten, unbalanced, lopsided, just plain ugly…have graciously refrained from adding their observations.

A beauty Steve! What did you use for core wood underneath your burl veneer?
- splintergroup
baltic birch ply

What degree did you angle the four posts on each corner?
- James E McIntyre
the posts are tapered, slightly, toward the top, as well as splayed. The inside angle, where the mortise and tenons are, is about 7 degrees from perpendicular to the floor, the outside about 9 degrees. Hardly noticeable but I think adds a little to the stance.
 

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I really like it! When I first looked at the last photo, I thought that it was another box that somehow got in there. Then I realized that I was looking at a close-up of the handle. Lots of details and probably fun to make.
 
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