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Walnut & Spalted Maple Box

comments (1) August 6th, 2009 in Reader's Gallery

Jurgen01 Jurgen01, member
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This view of the box reveals that the legs emerge seamlessly from the box itself, which lends a nice organic touch and draws attention to the grain and colors of the wood.  The spalted maple insert in the lid offers a pleasing contrast while reinforcing the organic unity of the piece.
The interior of the box is partitioned with mortise & tenoned panels & dividers cut from another piece of walnut. The contrast between the spalted maple and the walnut is clear in this photograph. The bottom of the box is lined with suede cloth.
This view of the box reveals that the legs emerge seamlessly from the box itself, which lends a nice organic touch and draws attention to the grain and colors of the wood.  The spalted maple insert in the lid offers a pleasing contrast while reinforcing the organic unity of the piece. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

This view of the box reveals that the legs emerge seamlessly from the box itself, which lends a nice "organic" touch and draws attention to the grain and colors of the wood.  The spalted maple insert in the lid offers a pleasing contrast while reinforcing the organic unity of the piece.

Photo: Dee Photos

This is a simple walnut and spalted maple box that offers an interesting twist.  To highlight the beautiful piece of walnut from which the box is made, the legs of the box are carved from the ends of the box itself.  The box was inspired by  Prairie School design, but the carved legs emerged from my own appreciation of the wood from which the box is constructed.  With few exceptions, those who look at the box do a real double-take when they realize the legs have not been added to the ends of the box but rather emerge from them.  Dimensions: 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 5".  Oil finish.


Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, box, carving, arts and crafts, walnut, accessory, maple


Comments (1)

MayorGlen MayorGlen writes: That's really nice. I like the idea of carving the legs from the side piece, rather than add it on. Seeing the grain move across the curves is subtle. But it's those subtle details that make a piece stand out in a crowd.

Thanks for posting it.
Posted: 7:58 am on September 9th

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