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This came from a red oak branch that fell from a large oak on the farm, and it was about a foot in diameter. After reading Peter Follansbee's blog http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/, I wanted to give it a whirl, taking a log to a box using hand tools only. I used an axe and hand saws to get some rough boards, then let them sit for a year or so. Supposedly it is easier to carve green wood, but I just didn't get around to doing it green. Peter's boxes are usually about 14×8 x 6, but I needed a smaller box so I didn't use nails or dowels in the sides, but I used nails to hold the bottom on. The boards are 1/4 to 3/8 in thickness. The pattern came from some old box patterns that Peter has on his blog, although I changed it some to fit the smaller footprint. I haven't done much carving, so I practiced a bit on a scrap which helps build your confidence. It is finished with BLO.

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Wow, that's quite beautiful. And impressive as a project! Well done, you have a right to feel proud of such fine work.
 

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Lovely Box. Good for you on the "Hand Tools" fabrication also Scott!
 

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Wonderful box. Has that honest aesthetic of Peter's work.
 

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The grain of the oak makes it hard to see the fine details of your carving. It gets lost in the forest, so to speak. Ha! Nice though.
 

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Right, maybe white oak would show it off better, instead of red oak.
 

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Very cool! I have to laugh though, because we have all these fancy tools, but it's sometimes just more interesting for the soul to do things "the hard way". "Why did you do it that way?" "Because I can."
 

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Wow thats awesome
 

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Box looks great. Carving is amaizing.
 

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nice , you beat me to the finish line ;)
 
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