I found a little box in a log...

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Project by Tokolosi posted 07-29-2014 03:20 PM 2098 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On July 6, 2013 the Chariot Fire raged in the Laguna Mountains nearby. I was camping up there that weekend and had to evacuate. The fire burned over 7,000 acres of forest and destroyed 149 structures. After the fire I was hired to assist in evaluating the cost of some of the lost structures. One of these were a small lodge, Foster Lodge, owned and operated by the Sierra Club.

The cabin was completely destroyed.

Note the Oak trees that surrounded cabin. Most of these old growth Oaks were lost. While on the site I had a small section of the one of the trees cut. I dried it for a year and then on the anniversary of the fire turned it into this simple little box.

Southern California fires take so much from us every year. I’m glad I could save this little piece.

Bubinga trim, Danish Oil, Wipe on Poly
10 3/8” x 5” x 3 1/2”

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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Steve Kreins

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 07:03 PM

Man I’m glad you posted this! It not only is beautiful, basically because it doesn’t look plastic, but because as you said it saved a little piece of beauty out of a tragedy. Thanks so much for posting. It also remind me of that fine woodworking doesn’t have to come from exotic and expensive material.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 09:16 PM

+1 what Steve said. This is an awesome build, and a gr8 story. Forest fires make me sad, and sick feeling.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 12:27 AM

Wood with a history/story is always the best kind. I can’t believe you sawed that lumber from that log with a handsaw! Very impressive.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 08:08 AM

Thanks for posting this, so great that this piece of Oak has a new life. I love the way you have used hand tools as well great work.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 12:34 PM

Sad story. Its nice you were able to make something nice from it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 07-30-2014 01:03 PM

nice box, nice story, thanks for sharing

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 07-30-2014 02:20 PM

Wow. Beatiful history. Congratulation guy.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 07-30-2014 02:58 PM

Beautiful box and beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 11:29 AM

Editors Choice….....deservedly so! This is simple elegance by way of tragedy. Like the way you did the lid/trim and the splines really set it off. True eye candy!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 08-08-2014 04:07 AM

Wow! Can’t believe I missed this earlier.
Magnificent story and even better project.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#11 posted 08-08-2014 04:32 AM

Great save on the wood and wonderful box

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#12 posted 09-08-2014 02:29 PM

Great project. Good story all the way around.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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