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"For Frank"

I was very lucky this summer to have toured Frank Llyod Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The house and property are absolutely breathtaking. While on the tour of the main house...


“Faster” started as a need for a simpler box that still closely followed a design aspect. It is the first in a series of boxes based on speed. The body is made from East Indian Rosewood...

"Pinch Point"

While working on a larger boxes I like to squeeze in smaller boxes whose designs constantly bounce around in my head. “Pinch Point” was one of those. I main idea of the design was to...


The main design element around "Talon" was a Griffin.  A very fun build itwas. The body of “Talon” is constructed of Wenge. While still in its square form I placed in all the...

"Box of Chocolates"

“Box of Chocolates” was designed to showcase the beautiful raw material Mother Nature graced us with…wood. It took over 300 hours in a six month period to design and build. It is...


Collinear started off as a dead maple tree standing in my parents back yard. My dad and I talked about cutting it down and having it cut into lumber, which would be a first for us. I grabbed the...


The inspiration for “Ripple” came from my younger years of growing up in a small town along the shores of Green Bay up in Wisconsin. Every Sunday in summer was spent at Grandma and...

"For Kjærlighet"

“For Kjærlighet” , which means “For Love” in Norwegian, was a commission piece for a friend’s wife. I thought it should be named for the same reason it was being...


The body of "Firefly" was made from crotch walnut that is put together using blind dovetails. The back panel is quilted maple and there are quartersawn maple runners, to support the drawer, inlaid...


The design for “Aspire” was spawned from the strong feelings I had following a public art exhibit I participated in. It was such an amazing night of art and community I knew I wanted to...

"Home is where the Hearth is"

After receiving April’s copy of FWW I was greatly inspired by the “knickknacks” done by Hank Gilpin.  They were absolutely beautiful.  It was also then that I was made...

"Buddha" Box

Since I am completely addicted to box making I always have a lot of small scraps laying around...actually I have a rolling bins worth!  I will take these scraps and make small boxes to study...

My Nightmares and Dreams

The title of the box says it all...I dreamed of the design and had nightmares that it would come alive and chase me.  It took four months of after work and weekends to finish but I wouldn't have...

Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Making Wood Tools with John Wilson

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Re: Cremation Urn

That is a very beautiful Greene & Greene style urn. I love how you did the bridle joint lid. All together it is a very beautiful, distinguished resting place. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Re: Skeletons in your cupboard

Very Beautiful! I love the idea for the exterior handle and the spalted beech is perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

Awesome..count me in!

Re: 1000yr old Redwood, Curly Maple and Bronze End Tables

These are beautiful Omar. I just want to dip my fingers in that redwood!

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

I have his other books to keep this one company!

Re: UPDATE: Building Small Cabinets by Doug Stowe

I have his other books to keep this company!

Re: "Box of Chocolates"

Thanks Pitbully! I wish you could see it in person.

Re: "Box of Chocolates"

Thank you very much gentlemen. John, yes...I made the hinges. That quartersawn Cocobolo is awesome to work with...a bit slippery when polished though!

Re: Ribbon Box

Great craftsmanship on this. I have always loved the "ribbon" design aspect and you did it beautifully.

Re: "Collinear"

Thank you Alejandro! Okay, you must be able to tell the future. The next piece in line is a vertical version of Collinear. Time to go dig in the wood pile for another piece of spalted maple!

Re: Fuchsia Box

Ian..this is a work of art. Very easy to see why they were over the moon. Are you selling your own line of hardware?

Re: "Ripple"

Thanks guys! hit the nail on the head. I try to make the boxes be useful sculptures. "Ripple" is actually sitting in a juried fine art exhibit right now.

Re: More Bonkers Boxes

Re: More Bonkers Boxes

Very nice looking box Trevor! Since I am also a huge fan of Peters boxes it made me do a double take.

Re: Two in One Table

The idea of this is very unique and cool...and then to back it up with amazing craftsmanship..beautiful table.

Re: Craft in America: Family

Thank you for the heads up! This is an amazing show to watch. I have the DVD's for the previous shows and watch and re-watch them all the time...very inspirational. Highly recommended. Thanks again.

Re: A small box, my first woodwork

Really good job on this Moatasem. The hinged cover is a great design element. Watch out for the box making is very addictive! Can't wait to see your future projects!

Re: "For Kjærlighet"

Thank you Moatasem. I am trying to remember but I think it was somewhere around 80-100 hours. I saw your first box and you are on your way! Keep at it.

Re: "Firefly"

Thank you Woodbridge. Quilted Maple is beautiful isn't it. I wish I could use it more than I's just a bit on the costly side though.

Re: "Aspire"

Thank you gentleman. Omar...quite an honor that you are leaving a your work.

Re: Anniversary Jewelry Box

The many months of building it show...beautiful job. I am sure she loved it.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Chess Sets by Jim Kape

This would be great!! I could picture a beautiful box to contain it...sign me up!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Traditional Projects from the New Best of Fine Woodworking

My bookcase is screaming for it!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Ladder Back Chairs with Russ Filbeck

Always room in the bookshelf for good books!

Re: Miter Spline Jig

A great amount of thought went into this jig. I wish I had made one of these when I started box making...come to think of it, I still don't have one as nice. Great job on this!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Workshop Machines

Always could use a good read!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: How to Choose and Use Bench Planes and Scrapers by John English

Always room for more knowledge!

Re: Adrian Potter's Little Ship on Wooden Waves

Simply put...Awesome! I love using mechanisms in my designs and this one is incredible.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Woodworking Techniques, from Fine Woodworking magazine

There is always room for more knowledge..sign me up!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

JlYoung...DANISH OIL?? :-) funny.

Could always use some more knowledge!!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

JlYoung...DANISH OIL?? :-) funny.

Could always use some more knowledge!!

Re: Scraptacular Contest Winners Announced

Thank you FWW for holding this challange. It was an honor to place in it. A big thank you goes out to everybody that voted. Thanks!

Re: Dulcimer

Congratulations Larry! This was a beautiful piece and the craftsmanship was amazing.

Re: Eye Candy

Congratulations Andy!

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Wood Science & Design by Hendrik Varju

Sign me up! I'm sure it far more intersting than the romantic comedy my girlfriend will make me watch.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tables You Can Make, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

Excellent! Sign me up!

Re: Carved and Gilded Coffee Table

Great job on this. Absolutely beautiful. Big thumbs up!

Re: Eye Candy

Great to see you here Andy! Once again...beautiful job on this!

Re: turned wood

Did you turn this, cut it apart, hollow it and put it back together? It is a very interesting turning...I like it!

Re: Scraptacular Bin

Mmmmm...I could definitely use one of these! The divider idea is great!

Re: Business Card Holder

Clean design. Simple but strong lines. Beautiful scrap piece of leopardwood. Beautiful job on this!

Re: Oink, Ollie, Ubercow and the Bird

Love your carvings! Do you come up with the characters yourself? Great job on these.

Re: Baby rattle

Very cool. I love the way you formed the piece. I am guessing you have a hollowed out section full of something to make it rattle?

Re: Coffee Bean Spoon

That is some beautiful grain! Great job on this.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Civil War Woodworking by A.J. Hamler

I am almost finished reading "A Splintered History of Wood" and could use another excellent read! Sign me up!

Re: "Buddha" Box

Thank you jhonbaker. Your comments mean even more being that you are a buddhist. I am very happy you like it.

Re: Reliquary #1

Your work is absolutely stunning and I cannot stop looking at it. Reliquary#1 is beautiful..would love to see a pic of the inside.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Craftsman Furniture Projects from the editors of Woodworker's Journal early Christmas present would be nice!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables

It would go great with my "400 Wooden Boxes" book!

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

There is always room for dessert!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: New Masters of the Wooden Box by Oscar P. Fitzgerald

Excellent!! Nothing like a book of the masters to get the winter box designing juices flowing. I met Jay and Janet O'Rourke, who are featured in this book, at a local art fair. They had a copy of the newly released book with them. It was very inspirational meeting two artists who have able to lead a life doing what they love...and it just happens to be what I(or we) love also. Please enter me for a chance to become moved by the masters!

Re: My Nightmares and Dreams

Longhair1...Thank you very much for the compliments! I currently don't have plans to make more but you never know what the future holds (hopefully it still holds employment). All my designs are one-of-a-kind pieces but I loved making this one so I foresee new pieces sharing some of the design aspects . Having a computer savvy little brother I am hoping to have a website soon so watch for me in the future. Thank you again!!-Jeff

Re: Rare coin Box

Okay...can you teach me the art of cutting perfect miters like that...great job!

Re: Dancer


Sorry about that…tried to write, computer screen blanked out and next thing I know it posted twice. I just wanted to thank you for your very kind comments you left. I truly don’t believe the skill comment though:-) Do you know how many times I stared at “Starburst”…countless!! I have almost worn that book out. You have been an inspiration to my work and I am sure many others out there share the same thoughts.

I will contact you on your website!

It’s been an honor,

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Re: My Nightmares and Dreams

Well fellow has been an honor to be in this showcase of extraordinary talent. I want to graciously thank all that commented…it feeds my creativity more than you can believe.

And a big thank you to the two that watch over me in my basement…thank you Uncle Karl and Grandpa.

Re: Recurve Jewelry Box

A big thumbs up! That is beautiful! What wood did you use for the drawers? It is so white it looks like Holly?

Re: Diabetes Box

Absolutely beautiful box! I truly enjoy boxes built around a purpose. The construction looks grade A!

Re: The Pyramid

I absolutely love the design of this box...and its purpose!

Re: Dalbergia Garden Jewelry Box

I have seen what you go through to make the top panel...unbelievable. Very, very nice box.

Re: Dancer

Very beautiful piece! The flow of it is perfect. I checked out your website and saw many more beautiful pieces. Amazing job!

Re: Bolivian Rosewood Puzzle box

Beautiful piece! I can only imagine the planning and precision that went into making it. Well done!

Re: A fun little project

Very nice piece! Looks like you had fun with the compound mitered corners...they look flawless.

Re: My Nightmares and Dreams

Thank your very much for the compliments. Receiving them from fellow artists is very encouraging. And got it!. I had never really seen a box suspended by the legs so I had to design one. Also...absolutely beautiful humidors!

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