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The "We" box design started after seeing a call for art that involved the use of wood and another material…I chose stone. It is designed around two individual materials coming together to make one piece..a "We".

I started with a large piece of spalted maple that I harvested from a tree that came down in the neighborhood I used to live in. The log, that the piece came from, sat in my garage for over 5 years and then another 3 years at my current house. The limestone rock came from my parents property up in Wisconsin. I hammer drilled into the limestone and then epoxied in aluminum pins. I drill corresponding holes in the maple so I can slide it onto the pins. The end result is the stone fully supports the maple. The side of the limestone that the box is on was fractured and I carved the maple to fit perfectly into the fracture. I carve it so the wood is a direct extension of the stone. After this step I am able to level everything off and start the box portion. There was a drying split in the maple so I placed a black walnut bow-tie into the front to stop it from cracking further.

The main body of the box is made from more of that spalted maple. The sides of the box are not parallel or at the same height so that upped the difficulty level. Fun to figure out though. The top and back of the box body are made from black walnut. The shape flows with the stone. The entire top had to be shaped with spoke shaves, rasps and scrapers. The curves to it also blend perfectly with the front of the drawer.

The drawer is made from curly maple. It has a black walnut front and a lid made from Cocobolo and Gaboon Ebony. it is lined with deer leather. the drawer front is also inset into the base.

The tray on the other side of the limestone is carved from more of that spalted maple. I made a fixture to route the inset area. After that I started the process of carving it so it sat perfectly into the limestone and flowed with the lines. It is also held in place by two aluminum pins.

"We" is approximately 16" x 12" x 5.75". It is finished with four coats of Danish oil with 0000 steel wool sanding in between each coat. This was topped with two buffings of BriWax.

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Indeed a piece of ART.
 

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Most excellent marriage of materials (wood/stone) and design (aesthetic/function).
Beautiful and perfect.
 

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Beautiful blend of materials…very unique and artistic. It makes one smile and want to see more…exactly the reaction you want! Great job!
 

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Outstanding design and workmanship sir!
 

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Very nice box and concept! Too bad that here in Canada the word "We" is associated with a very incompetent and corrupt Prime Minister!
 

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Wow! Another stunning design!
 

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As always, your work is inspiring and incredibly creative. Excellent job sir.
 

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Very Cool!
 

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Wow! Beautifully done…
 

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That is a whole 'nuther level of creativity. When I got to photo 5, my jaw dropped to see the drawer come out of what I presumed is the side. I salute you, sir.
 

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Well here is an example of a project that would entertain woodworkers for hours if the construction details were revealed.
Not that I would even attempt to replicate it as its way above my skills.

When I was working at a remote Site in Northern Australia I found a Rock Shop and visited.

There I found some Zebra Rock or stone, fascinated with the idea of incorporating stone with woodwork I bought a few products.



My intention was to inlay the stone as a complete item as a feature in a box.

I must have started to use it as some has been prepared, but never eventuated.
I still today have the material today



Maybe, just maybe Triumph1's post may inspire me to finish it.

For now though its just "get in the bowl"



Congratulations on a exceptional project.
 

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Nice to see you back here with another out of this world creation! I would say this is extremely different than your previous more architectural focused designs, 100% organic, as though alive. Love that you were able to keep the lichen inclusions. I hope they stay "living," wherever this box finds its home.

And the entire structure of the box is just fantastic.
 

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Oh my!!! Brilliant!!!
 

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It's beyond my dreamscape!

As Mark said, "That is a whole 'nuther level of creativity."

Can't add to that except, nice integration and eye movement throughout the piece.
 
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