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  1. "Serengeti" a sculpted box

    This box was commissioned by Danielle to hold a Kalimba, an African thumb piano, see here. http://hughtracey.com/ The body is Mahogany The lid is quilted Western Big Leaf Maple Handle is Black Palmwood Wenge accents Walnut stripes Brass pins for the hinges Lacquer finish Crushed velvet liner I...
  2. Death Valley

    This is a box design I developed after much trial and error. I wanted to design a box that invited people to touch it and to pick it up. With no sharp corners, it must be smooth and it needed to have an organic flow about it. And it had to be simple in design to showcase the wood itself and...
  3. 'Dunes'

    The concept of this design was to mimic blowing, shifting sand, wanting to convey a sense of movement. The shaping is intentionally softened, gently rolling one ridge into the next valley, and so on, for a natural feel. I am very pleased with the effect. Thanks for looking and for any votes that...
  4. Keepsake Urn

    This is a keepsake urn. A cousin of my co-worker, Lori, passed away and upon seeing her obvious pain, I volunteered to make an urn for the cremains. I dug out a special piece of figured Myrtlewood I had been saving and started working on a design. After doing research online, I found that the...
  5. "Sahara" a sculpted cocobolo box

    This box has the wildest shaping so far, blending the top with the sides and each side with the next. At least to some degree, yet still trying to maintain a free form feel. A set design laid out in exact increments would still be difficult, but easier. My goal was to shape the top into a...
  6. New Dividers

    A gallery that shows my boxes called me regarding a potential buyer for Double Chocolate, a recent project shown here. They wanted to replace the dividers with a six compartment set, mixed up however I saw fit, so they could display herbs in their store. They asked that they be made from...
  7. sculpted cocobolo box "Double Chocolate"

    My inspiration for this series of boxes is the beach, specifically the waves and sand dunes. The contours invoke fond memories of nature and invite touching. Double Chocolate came to mind after building this box. The body and lid are of Brazilian Rosewood and the lid has an insert of Cocobolo...
  8. "Boa" a sculpted cocobolo box

    Tutorial is here http://lumberjocks.com/Argyllshire/blog/32388#first-new Another wing box based on a design by Dave Freedman. This is my Art Deco version. A new feature to this style of box is what I call the Floating Base. The top is one piece of cocobolo rosewood cut in a serpentine fashion...
  9. "Storm" a sculpted cocobolo box

    The medallion is simply 3 thin slices of Cocobolo Rosewood seperated with thin bands of Maple and Wenge. How I did this: After building the box body I routed the recess for the lid and rough cut the lid to size, just a little oversized, and set it aside. Then I sliced off the back and front...
  10. Wind Swept

    This is my latest box on the DuneScape theme, using walnut and figured myrtlewood. I am running very low on this fantastic myrtlewood, and the pieces are small, so I sandwiched the top like this. The handle is spalted big leaf maple, right next to a knot, hence the wild grain. The splines are...
  11. Petrified Forest

    Another box, this one is a very light Walnut. The four panel medallion set into the lid is made from thin slices of Cocobolo and bordered with Maple and Bloodwood. Getting the corners tight is always tedious…these came out nice! I added a piece of Bloodwood to the Black Palm handle to tie it all...
  12. "Autumn Sunset" a sculpted Watch Box

    This is a commissioned box to hold 8 wrist watches. It is bloodwood with a triptych panel of figured western maple bordered with wenge. The splines are wenge and maple. The handle is black palm. The dividers are maple with leopard wood caps. The finish is lacquer. The bottom is lined with black...
  13. Shadow Canyon

    The body is plain Myrtlewood and the center panel is figure Myrtlewood. It was a fluke that the lid and panel both had a dark streak that came together forming a small arc. It didn't show up very well until I shaped the top. I wouldn't have used these two pieces together but I actually like the...
  14. Mesa

    This wing box features a mix of woods that are native to Oregon. The body is Madrone, a hardwood that keeps its leaves year round, has a smooth red bark that peels back like a skin. The wood when freshly cut is a watermelon color. Typically the lumber leans towards a light pinkish color. Great...
  15. Art Deco Wing Box

    Tutorial is here http://lumberjocks.com/Argyllshire/blog/32388#first-new A new style for me based on a box designed by Dave Freedman. I first made one of his flip lid boxes in 1997. I took liberties with his design to suit my taste. Instead of butt joints I mitered the corners and then...
  16. Mystery

    This is my entry in the wooden jewelry contest. Its a brooch that is also a magnetic key to open the box. The box is locked when the brooch is in the face of the box.Turn the brooch and it releases the magnet from the spring loaded catch and allows you to pop it off and wear it. How it works...
  17. Beach

    I found a place for this special piece of curly Oregon Maple (aka Big Leaf Maple). It is set into a frame of Brazilian Rosewood bordered with Maple and Wenge. The handle is Wenge and Paduak. The body is also Brazilian Rosewood. The trays are Myrtlewood and Paduak. Finish is lacquer. Picture 5...
  18. Rhythm

    I have been saving this piece of Myrtlewood for the right project and a Wing Box seemed to have the right proportions. I added accent strips to add detail and to fatten it up a little. Lid is Myrtlewood with Maple, Bubinga, Madrone of two colors and Wenge strips Body is Madrone Feet are Bubinga...
  19. Daybreak

    Panel- I found this wonderful piece of Ziricote and just had to buy it. The scene of rolling valleys and the sun breaking over the hills was immediately apparent to me, so I played around with several box designs trying to find the best way to showcase it. (The board was about 1" thick x 4" w x...
  20. By the Sea

    The Ziricote panel reminded me of our coastline, hence the name. The body is wenge and the accents are maple and bloodwood. The hande is Ziricote. The finish is Deft spray lacquer, semi-gloss. The liner is red leatherette fabric. I tried out several ideas that have been on my mind for awhile...
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