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Stormy Night in the Mountains started life with an email conversation between a friend and I. He was looking for a special birthday gift for his girlfriend and wanted me to design a jewelry box for her. The fact that they live in Colorado and are big "outsiders" played a large part in the design.

I had picked up some beautiful ,mineral streaked, birdseye maple on a motorcycle trip up in Northern Michigan. To me it looked as if there was a storm going on in the wood with all the mineral streaks and figure. Thank you Bell Forest Products! I knew right away I wanted to use it on this project. The main body is made up of this birsdeye maple with Black Walnut end caps. The joints are strengthened with handmade dowels of three sizes.

The lid frame work is made from quartersawn Black Walnut. I used a Bridle joint to construct it. The floating panel center is made from self made veneers, using the "stormy" birdseye maple, with a 1/4" baltic birch core. It is pinned in using brass rod. The brass rod is 1/8" in diameter which matches the diameter of the dowel that would have went in that location.

The main part of the legs are made from Jatoba. They have Black Palm caps and a Black Walnut foot. On the tall legs the Black Palm caps are removable to reveal two secret compartments.

The removable tray is made from Birdseye Maple and uses 1/8" handmade black walnut dowels to strengthen the joint. The dividers are also made from Birdseye Maple.

The design goal was to have the main body "float" in the legs. The main body represented the encompassing storm and the towering legs represented the mountains.

Stormy Night in the Mountains was finished with three soakings of Danish Oil followed by two buffings of Briwax. It is lined with dark purple faux suede. Dimensions are 22.25" x 7.75" x 5.25".

Critiques welcome. Time to go make more sawdust!

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I'm certain I have never seen a similar design. Great wood selection as well.
 

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That is a unique design, I love your choice of wood, this came out really nice.
 

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Very cool and original. I'd say it will look good here in CO. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Dang Jeff, you got serious design skills. It is such a treat to see your stuff. Creative++

Wonderful, just wonderful,
Steve
 

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Beautiful materials, and another super-creative design. I don't know how you keep coming up with ideas!
 

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I've never seen a design quite like this and me likes! Very, very cool with a simple but bold look. Excellent work once again, Jeff!
 

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Trickery in the legs, I like it . . . a lot. You may see a replica soon.
 

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Very creative. Wood selection is great. Just an idea. On the underside of the caps to the secret compartments, attatch a long thin rod to hold rings, short rod for a necklace. Something internal to hold something. Well done, thank you for posting.
 

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Jeff,
Your creativity is so amazing!!
You certainly don't get in a rut.

Thanks once again
 

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Very unique grain in the lumber! Well done!
 

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Jeff;

Excuse the pun, but "That's thinking outside the box!". Great design and craftsmanship.

Keep up the great work,
 

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Great work, it is beautiful and a one of a kind! I'm sure she loves it….
 

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Is this a new design? LOL's Great job as usual in bending the rules to intrigue the mind, thanks for sharing
 

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Wow! Terrific design; creative, functional, fun to look at.
 

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Always a delight to see the notification of a post from you, Jeff and a sense of anticipation as I click on the link. I haven't been disappointed yet and not this time either.

The floating effect works well. I much more prefer your approach of dowelling rather than the usual key or slip-feather (which I feel spoil the lines of a box). I'd be interested to learn how you make your dowels? The overall effect is well balanced with a relaxing mono-tonal palette of colours and the special interest of the streaked maple.

One of my favourites of your pieces.
 

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Great job building. Beautiful wood and nice design.
 

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Jeff - You can stay in the basement as long as you like if you keep turning out gems like this. Simply stunning!
 

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Another wonderful surprise Jeff.
Your stuff is always pushing the outside the box envelope (if I may mix metaphors)
You seem to have combined complex and simple….. now that's not easy.
Great work.
 
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