|Project by Roger Kimmel||posted 08-20-2014 12:47 AM||1190 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
When I was a little kid, I used to pick plums from a tree at my grandparents’ house. I don’t know what Grandma did with them, but it made me feel like I was being such a good helper. About 40 years later, I passed the house and noticed that the tree was down to just one branch. I asked the owner of the house, Danny Walker, if he could save me a chunk or two when he took the tree down. About a year later, I got a chunk or two from his woodpile. The wood had annular regions of rot, which I have found later seems to be common in fruitwoods. I could only salvage enough to make lids for five small boxes. I made the sides from some curly cherry, from a tree that came down at my Mom’s house during an unseasonal October ice storm. I gave one to Danny, one to a cousin, one to each of my sisters, and I kept one for myself. The corners are mitered with keys, and the finish is Danish oil and paste wax. The lids are simple lift-off lids with some plum scraps as keepers. The keys and bottom are birch, also from Mom’s house.