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From log to 17th century carved box with hand tools - small size 11 x 7 x 3.75

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Project by Scott posted 12-03-2014 09:52 PM 2056 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This came from a red oak branch that fell from a large oak on the farm, and it was about a foot in diameter. After reading Peter Follansbee’s blog http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/, I wanted to give it a whirl, taking a log to a box using hand tools only. I used an axe and hand saws to get some rough boards, then let them sit for a year or so. Supposedly it is easier to carve green wood, but I just didn’t get around to doing it green. Peter’s boxes are usually about 14×8 x 6, but I needed a smaller box so I didn’t use nails or dowels in the sides, but I used nails to hold the bottom on. The boards are 1/4 to 3/8 in thickness. The pattern came from some old box patterns that Peter has on his blog, although I changed it some to fit the smaller footprint. I haven’t done much carving, so I practiced a bit on a scrap which helps build your confidence. It is finished with BLO.

-- Scott in North Carolina





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#1 posted 12-03-2014 10:04 PM

Wow, that’s quite beautiful. And impressive as a project! Well done, you have a right to feel proud of such fine work.

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 01:43 AM

Lovely Box. Good for you on the “Hand Tools” fabrication also Scott!

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 06:04 AM

Wonderful box. Has that honest aesthetic of Peter’s work.

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 03:00 PM

The grain of the oak makes it hard to see the fine details of your carving. It gets lost in the forest, so to speak. Ha! Nice though.

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 06:28 PM

Right, maybe white oak would show it off better, instead of red oak.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 07:24 PM

Very cool! I have to laugh though, because we have all these fancy tools, but it’s sometimes just more interesting for the soul to do things “the hard way”. “Why did you do it that way?” “Because I can.”

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 09:40 PM

So true…

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 09:50 PM

Nice job!

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 10:38 PM

Wow thats awesome

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#10 posted 12-05-2014 07:29 AM

Box looks great. Carving is amaizing.

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 09:21 PM

nice , you beat me to the finish line ;)

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 04:25 AM

wow, very intricate!

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