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This is a jewelry box for my wife Sherri which features sand shaded marquetry cut in the classic style. The motif was taken from the ASFM workbook and interestingly was a study piece that Patrick Edwards cut while he was in Ecoulle Boulle in Paris and is still hanging on the wall at ASFM. The inside lid features a book matched walnut burl with a small floral motif which was a re-application of one of the flowers on the top. The box itself is locally harvested solid walnut, re-sawn and grain matched at all four corners. Splines and box trim are wenge. Inside is a single tray which slides from side to side, both box and tray are lined with black suede which gives off a luxurious aroma of leather when the lid is opened. Finish is french polish throughout which took a long time as I was learning along the way, but I am really pleased with the end result.

I'm thinking about entering this box in the Veneer Tech Challenge…but I'm not sure it's good enough.

Thanks for looking, and feedback is always welcome.

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Absolutely stunning!

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Great-looking marquetry. I need to learn more about it someday. The box accents it well, too.
 

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Beautiful work Mathew
 

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Just beautiful Mat.
Yes, I've already seen it but you've presented it so nicely here that It's like the first time again.
The cutting, veneer choice, and the box itself are all just first class.
The background choice on the front and the dark edges are sweet and the veneer match and accent marquetry on the inside are a real treat as well.
Sherri's a lucky girl !
Your best so far IMHO.
 

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Simply beautiful and such a nice surprise to see more flowers inside : )
 

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It's beautiful. So jealous! I hope to get there someday :)
 

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Amazing work Mathew. I wouldn't hesitate to enter it if it were mine. I can't imagine that marquetry work can be done much better than this. I love the box too, especially the burl and marquetry inside the lid, but all the other details as well. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring too.
 

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Mathew,

Sherri's box is absolutely outstanding! We would love to be able to see it in person. Definitely award quality!

L/W
 

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Very cool Mat, I need to get going on my project can't wait to show it for the first time.
 

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Mat,

Unbelievable craftsmanship, If this piece isnt good enough to enter I dont know what would be.

Awesome!!!

Phil
 

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Beautiful in every sense!
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Nedeljko bravo! Brilliantly and beautifully you have progressed! Ease of selected motifs .. choice veneers background .. and of course technique - bravo.

Best regards,
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Man!!! That is truly an awesome box. I think you would be surprised if you entered it. I know everybody has butterflies when they enter something in a contest, but in your case, I think the butterflies would disappear when you get a first or second. Go for it!
Again, truly outstanding work-the marquetry AND the complete project.
Thanks for the post!
Have a good'un
Joe
 

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A Great project. I am envious of your skill. Your choice of veneers just make the flowers pop. And the book matched inside with the flowers is a nice touch. This is something I may have to try.
 

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Thanks everyone for the positive comments. This project represented a number of technical firsts for me and I am pleased with how it turned out. Paul, I agree with you, this is my best work to date.

My photography skills still have a ways to go, and the pictures were taken in natural light. I'm sure I would need a better photography set up to get pictures which do the colors justice.

Thank you all for the continuing encouragement, for looking in and taking the time to comment! This is a great community and we all are enriched by participating.
 
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