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Oklahoma sycamore, a thin slice of figured walnut, and a saddle fender I found in the trash at a local saddle shop are the components of this latest box. Half laps for the framed lid, walnut splined miters, and walnut Patron hinges. Finished with Tung Oil Finish and wax. Dimensions are 13×7x5". I knew I'd eventually find a use for that saddle fender! It was carved by a good friend who died several years ago. I know he would approve as he was a woodworker as well as a saddlemaker.

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Kocked another one outta the park bro. Im itching to work with some sycamore, really lookin for some QS … how is it to work with? The leather work is awesome.
 

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That's really nice
 

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Awesome work Andy, That leather addition is something special. One man's trash definatly turned into your treasure.
 

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I love the leather… it really adds a nice touch to the piece.
 

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Great box - the use of leather is novel and gives a really unique addition. Your friend would have approved.
Jim
 

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Andy, somehow when I was reading the story of this box, I completely missed that your friend did the leather work. I just thought it was cool that you found the leather of saved it from the trash bin but to finish the story and find out that your friend carved it….. Wow, what a way to honor your friends memory. Fantastic job.
 

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Andy, you are on a stride with your boxes. They get better with each one. Keep it up dude.
 

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i love these boxes your doing andy, the leather is spot on with this box, good idea, and a nice tribute to an old friend, im sure he would be pleased to see his work was used and not just thrown away….i like this box and think your doing a great job with them, your progressing along very well, keep at it, grizz
 

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It's another beautiful box, Andy - definitely a winner!
 

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Andy,

What a nice job. I really like the leather top. The fact that it has become a testament to an old departed friend's skills in tooling leather is a tribute to you both and gives this box its own story. It is straight out of the pages of Louis L'Amor. This box deserves a title and this story needs to accompany this box…in writing.

When I sell boxes I always print out a one page write-up on expensive, heavy paper with each box. The write-up talks about these 5 things: How this box can be used. The story behind the box title and particulars about the trees whose wood I used. Some things that make this particular box special (grain, splines, fit, etc.) Something about my shop and methods of work. My philosophy of wood crafting, and a wish that they will "enjoy using this box as much as I enjoyed crafting it for you." I also include my Email address.

Though it follows a pattern, each write up is done individually for each box. It is not the same thing for all. Each box has its own title and its own story. I like thinking about titles for boxes as I am building them. It might take me an hour to write, but it is time well spent because it gives me a chance to really "SEE" the box I crafted and the wood in it. It is like bio classes where you draw what you see under the microscope and therefor see it in more detail.

The write-up helps me sell boxes because it is like a cheat sheet for customers to brag about their boxes when they get home. It is nice to tell them the story, but better if they can read it or have others read it. It has gotten me a lot of repeat sales.

For gifts I offer to re-write the first paragraph saying that this box was commissioned by x for y on z occasion.

Sorry, Andy, for rattling on about what I do and not saying more about what you do. The box is wonderful and the story priceless. Sell the sizzle.
 

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Andy,

How wonderful that you could make such a special box to frame that beautiful leather carving! Thanks for sharing your special story.

L/W
 

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Very nice box and a cool design.
 

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Beautiful box! Your projects are always fresh and different. Thanks for sharing and preserving a friends work.
 

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The leather really makes a nice top for that gorgeous box
 

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Andy…your work is fantastic and getting profressively fantasticker…I really like the leather and wood combination. The sycamore has such a nice grain and you really brought out its beauty.
 

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Thanks for all the nice comments guys. When I finish the one in progress, I think I'm done until I figure out how to sell some. I've given several away but I'm really overpopulated with boxes. Thanks again.
 

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andy you have done it again. i like the use of leather with wood, i would like to make a chair with a leather seat. another great box my friend.
 

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Andy, just give them to my wife. She can sell ice to an Eskimo. She can sell my projects 10x better than I can.
 

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It's a beautiful box and the use of the leather in the top really sets it off.
 

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Fantastic box. I love the leather insert too.

Regards,

Retsof
 
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