Walnut & Spalted Maple Box
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.
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. Brusso brass stopped hinges are used.