A Tribute to Hokusai – A Marquetry Jewelry Box
I absolutely love the 18th century woodblock prints from the great master Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) showing the force of nature and the beauty of Mt. Fuji.
Here is a jewelry box which encompasses 4 of Hokusai’s masterpieces, created in marquetry. The inside is fitted with 2 sliding trays lined with Japanese washi paper.
The four panels include:
Top Lid—“The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, from the series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”
Front Panel—“Fuji Seen from the Sea” from the series “100 Views of Mt. Fuji”
Left Panel—“Inume Pass in the Kai Province” from the series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”
Right Panel—“Umegawa in Sagami Province” from the series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”
The list of woods and materials that I used for this box include: big leaf quilted maple, fiddleback mahogany, American holly, Chechen rosewood, Hawaiian koa, maple, buckeye burl, poplar, ebony, birch, spalted quilted maple, precious & semiprecious crushed stones (malachite, azurite & turquoise), acrylics and pyrography.
This box is currently on display in the Northwest Fine Woodworking Box & Container Show in Seattle, WA.
Multi-paneled marquetry jewelry box with interpretations of 18th century Japanese woodblock prints
Box lid design — “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”
Front panel design — “Fuji Seen from the Sea”
Left panel design — “Inume Pass in the Kai Province”
Right panel design — “Umegawa in Sagami Province”