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Every year, I donate a "work of heart" to a local charity to silent auction. I also wanted to find a piece of wood that has a knot in it so I could compete in the winter contest. The base of this box is cherry. The lid is purple heart, ebony and osage orange.

As usual, I began carving with the angle grinder after I cut the shape out with the bandsaw, I started refining the curves with the grinder and smaller hand held grinding tools. I loved the integration and transition of a top that matched the shape of the bottom of the box, but changed and worked together with the leaves stemming from the center top of the heart. This is finished with sanding to 4000 grit. I finished the lid with wipe on poly and the bottom (cherry) with tung oil. The cavity of the box is not cut with the band saw, but actually carved out of the solid block of cherry.

The handle is carved to look like a slipper and is so soft and tactile that you want to touch it and lift the lid. I cut a sliver slot for the "heel" and dowel pinned the "toe". This was a particular challenge, as the first handle broke when I was drilling for the dowel pin.

I hope you like it. I always enjoy feedback.

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Excellent!!!!!!!! Always enjoy seeing what your making next, no dissapointment here. Way to go.
 

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Wow thats a very nice box. I'm sure it will auction off at a nice price as well.
Execution and design is terrific.
Good luck in the contest.
 

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the contrast is excellent…execution is superb..
 

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fantastic box! so beautiful. (reminds me of a dingbat,.. a subliminal outpouring of the day job? ;)
 

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Truly spectacular…
 

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wow… i love everything about it. all of your work is truely beautiful.
 

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Beautiful. Your work is always something to see.
 

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Every now and then a project appears that has that "Wow" factor, and this is one of those, I would definitely have this golden slipper in my house, excellent work.

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Absolutely Gorgeous!!

Good Luck in the contest.

Lew
 

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The best thing about this auction is we get to see your work every year!
 

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touches my heart so I guess you were definitely successful.
Extraordinary - again!!
 

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Beautiful piece Ellen. You did a marvelous job.
 

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You always make such beautiful and imaginative projects…I love your artistry.
 

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Ellen,
As with all your other work, another beautiful piece of Art! Even if I could have imagined all the differnt lines and planes, flowing, converging and diverging in the first place, which I can't, I could never achieve the same thing. That's why your work piques and holds my interest, giving me time to truly appreciate the time,energy and thoughtfullness that was used to create it! Congratulations on such a unique conception!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis
 

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I really appreciate all the feedback. Every year it gets harder and harder deciding what to make.

So you think it looks like a dingbat? Well it is! Being a graphic designer, I am always looking for a new way to design a heart for this event. The nice thing about this heart themed event, is there is a starting point, the fact they want heart designs helps tremendously.

It is really interesting how over 100 artists (called locally "Heartists") design and incorporate heart shapes in their donations for this charity.

It has taken a while to open my mind and not do anything with straight lines. I love how you can carve and shape the wood to make it look so fluid. That is always my goal to have my peers look at the work and wonder how I did it.

Of course my other goal is to just make it so it compels you to touch it and feel that wonderful smooth finish.
 

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Ellen,

Gorgeous! What is the size? That should bring a good sum for the charity. You certainly must have many hours into it.
 
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