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My second box with kolrosing. I am making a series of 6 or 7 boxes as small Christmas gifts for family members to give them some personal mementos.







This box has an Escher (or Escher like) pattern. That is, only one shape that interlocks into a pattern. This was maybe a bit ambitious for my current skill level, but I learned a couple of things that will benefit the next ones I do. these are:

  1. I thought of doing a small flexible template to trace the pattern onto the box. I rejected the idea thinking that freehand drawing would lack uniformity and therefore have more of a handcrafted appearance. I kind of regret that now as my 'freehand eyeballing is not particularly good. There goes my dreams of becoming a world famous artist!
  2. After cutting the pattern I thought that while the pattern wasn't very well drawn, that the cutting really went well. WRONG AGAIN! The cutting might just barely pass considering the mesmerizing pattern and if the lights are turned low. That said, the whole pattern was curves (many, many, many curves) so that was a challenge, but not as difficult as I thought beforehand. I used a short bladed Mora knife which worked quite well in my inexperienced hand.

As you can see, this one and all the boxes to follow will have lids that double as tops. This way, if they don't like the box at least they can play with the top. Too bad none of them is under the age of 20.

Anyway, I hope you like the idea of kolrosing. I landed on this technique because I don't have access to to figured woods and I thought this would be a way to make a ho hum box a little more interesting. I hope you agree and I also hope that the quality of the work will improve as I go along. Thanks for reading!

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Looks Great Mike, I like how you try different projects you havent done before and make them look like you have made hundreds of that particular project. You're a very talented guy.
 

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You must have the patience of a sequoia, Stefang! And strong fingers also. The turning details alone are outstanding.

Is there a finish on this one? It appears a bit raw compared to your other work. Maybe just the light?
 

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Mike - Very nice! I can see the similarities to chip carving. Did you apply any stain (such as gel stain) to the incised pattern? I assume you turned the box on a lathe to start.

Phil
 

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Very COOL!

What is a Mora knife?

COOL idea of making the Top/lid as a real spinning Top! :)

You're doing a great job on those boxes!

Thank you!
 

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I totally agree that you've turned "ho-hum" into beautiful creations Mike! Although I wouldn't call your turned boxes ho-hum at all!! But the Kolrosing really adds a very interesting feature. Who's too old to enjoy spinning tops, eh??! A very creative way to put your own 'spin' on the lids Mike :) Well done … and I can't wait to view the rest of your xmas gifts! I'll have to check out Mora knives … ?
 

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Oh so Santa actually lives in Kleppe? I didn't know that! and I imagine all the recipients will be treasuring your Kolrosing boxes like StefanG Gold! teee hee.

On a more serious not its interesting to see once we get older and our bodies don't function like immortal teenagers any more, that regardless, with an attitude and skill change we can still continue with an activity we love.

Don't be too concerned regarding the age group, I am tipping if they are curious enough to pick up the box I am betting they will give the top a spin a few times just for the hell of it, ....even if they do check to see if anybody is watching!
 

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Thanks for the Nice comments everyone.

Brian The finish is better than it appears on the photos, but I still have to wax the top which I forgot to do today while in the shop. I have arthritis and doing this kind of work hurts a lot, but I'm willing to put up with that. The main problem is with my index finger which gets the most abuse. I hold the blade like a pencil and apply pressure to the the top of the blade to make the cuts. You might think that the sharp blade would cut you the way it's being held, but it doesn't. I learned this from a Youtube vide.

Phil Yes, the box is done on the lathe. I used 2 coats of Danish oil and 4 coats of beeswax/carnuba mix. This is a lot easier that chip carving, but not so easy that I can brag about it yet.

Joe A Mora knife is made by the Mora company in Sweden. I searched for photo of one on the net, but couldn't the one I have. It has a rather short pointed blade which makes it easy to cut curves (in theory anyway).

Elaine I will post a photo of my Mora knife tomorrow. I hope I don't run out of ideas for the shapes and kolrosing patterns on the boxes. Maybe I will declare a contest to see who can keep their top spinning the longest at my family's Christmas get together.

Rob I think they will at least give it a spin or two. Meanwhile I will be practicing with the tops so I can win the contest!
 

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When I see beautiful pieces of turned wood art like this Mike, I'm almost wishing I'd had room to get a wood lathe and learn how to use it.
Very fortunate recipients, the ones who receive those gifts!
 

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Super looking little box. I like the hand done pattern.
 

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Another great looking little box Mike I like the pattern you chose. Good idea for some nice Christmas gifts.
 

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Beautiful work as always, well done.
 

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Very nice and detailed, Mike. They will be treasured.

Jim
 

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Nice work! The recipients will enjoy them, I think. I bought a DVD that shows how to do kolrosing, with some patterns. I'll get to it one day…
 

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Mike,

You certainly put a lot of work into that box! What a nice job on the turning and the detailed pattern. Your boxes will make really special gifts for all your family members. If I were making 6 or 7, I'd need to plan on Christmas 2025!

L/W
 

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Pretty nice and interesting decoration outside….I like that lid.
 

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Thanks all for those generous comments.

lightweightladylefty It actually didn't take so long. I turned it on Tuesday, did 2/3 of the kolrosing that evening sitting in my easy chair and then finished it up on Wednesday.

crowie If you are interested in kolrosing you don't need turned stuff for that. You can use it on anything made out of wood. Most folks today are decorating spoons with kolrosing, you can use this kind of decoration on anything made out of wood.

Dark_Lightning I'm not really expecting my family members to be so thrilled with these boxes, but I thought it would be nice to leave them a little of myself as a future remembrance and maybe future generations will enjoy having them eventually as a link to the past.

I am a little disappointed in this one as it is not quite up to the quality I wanted and expected with regard to the consistency of the pattern and also the cutting, which in my enthusiasm I rushed a bit. I might just do it over again.

Also, I did not use shellack as a sanding sealer after turning and sanding. This was a big mistake as the finish on the first box came out so much nicer. On the positive side, a negative experience is not soon forgotten and therefore reinforces doing the work the right way next time (or in my case maybe finding another way to do it wrong…..I'm not kidding!).
 

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What a great project
 

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" I kind of regret that now as my 'freehand eyeballing is not particularly good."

My admittedly limited reading of what kolrosing is supposed to look like has told me that the lack of regularity is actually a good thing. I worked for many years as a design engineer (everything from spacecraft antennas to mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE)). When I retired and started doing wood carving, it took me awhile to get used to not having the item I carved not looking exactly like the pictures in the tutorials. I used to design and expect some articles (antennas) to be within .0003" if using Electrostatic Discharge Machining. The MGSE would be well made if it was within .1". My lathe, table saw and router are not expected to meet those .0003" kinds of tolerances.
 

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I agree that imperfection is a hallmark of handwork, but I thought that this one was just a bit too imperfect.
 
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