When I made the wall hanging, Dance on a Volcano I considered at one point making it into an EZ Mitre box. I liked the pattern so much as it was that it stayed that way. I go past it on the Stairway to Devon, every day and it always makes me think of a box alternative. So I set about designing one, using TurboCAD to 3D model it. I came up with this.
My initial thoughts were to make it in solid wood, much like the original using; Sycamore, Pau Amarello, Yew, Padauk, Purpleheart and Ebony. It was an agonising time deciding whether it was worth using £25 worth of Ebony on it. I was also out of Padauk and couldn’t find any Yew thick enough for my preferred construction method. This involves cutting the curves for one side, of the four sided box, only and then re-sawing the block produced to provide the four curved patterns. Another thing that bothers me slightly is that the Padauk in the original has darkened quite a lot over the past 600 days. It would be good if I could get a more durable result. Bloodwood is not easily or cheaply available here in the UK.
Firstly I considered the Ebony situation. I cut and sanded a 3mm piece of Sycamore (the English variety not the American) and dyed it up black.
Here we see, on the left, Ebony and on the right the Dyed Sycamore. Not a whole lot of difference there. Then it hit me. Dyed veneer and solid wood. After Any Colour You Like this doesn’t present any major problems. The only major consideration is that you need to finish sand and dye patterns before assembly. I still haven’t perfected a close proximity dyeing method where you can colour two adjacent sections of the same piece of wood different colours, without colour bleed problems. So I’ll be cutting, dyeing, re-assembling the pattern. The dye I am using is spirit based and so does not raise the wood grain. The dye penetration does not allow for much in the way of sanding after assembly. This is going to be EZ Mitre, Shell box construction so click on the links for those techniques. There will be some circle cutting for veneer stuff in this blog and thats the main reason for starting it.
Any way I’ve decided on Sycamore veneer so here’s the progress on the cut and dye of that, so far
Circle cutting and pattern assembly will start in the next section of the blog.
So the story begins.
Be seeing you.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com