Message sculpture box

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Project by Ellen posted 11-04-2008 12:17 AM 2746 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A team of clients asked that I build a sculpted box for a leader that was taking another position in the corporation. They asked if I could build a “going away gift” that could be personalized from the team. The concept I had was to put a hole that a message could be placed into from the team awarding the gift.

I wanted to use several woods and wanted it to be larger than most of my sculptured boxes. The woods are cherry, osage orange and bubinga. The insert is made from a placemat that I discovered at Pier 1. Just cut it apart for the mat it sits on and for the message holder. I thought it was an excellent contrast to the smooth finish of the box.

I am also attaching a drawing that I made that started the entire project.

This time I sanded it to 12,000 grit, believe me it feels like silk!!!

I appreciate any and all comments.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 11-04-2008 12:26 AM

That is a unique gift. I have never seen anything like that. A really nice gift that will be remembered! Thanks for posting it.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 11-04-2008 12:40 AM

it’s nice to see another fantastic project posting from you Ellen!
very cool indeed!

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#3 posted 11-04-2008 01:04 AM

you are amazing
so creative!!
I’d love to touch it and feel the “silk” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-04-2008 03:04 AM

Really beautiful, love the leaf like curl. Sorry, but , it’s a box? The top comes off? Doesn’t really need to it’s gorgeous as a sculpture, was just curious.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 11-04-2008 03:30 AM

The box opens. The top lifts off on the dark wood diagonal with a cavity showing the osage orange on the inside. It is lined with swede leather. Thanks for the comments!

The winter olympics were a great inspiration to me with their curves and design.

-- Ellen --

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#6 posted 11-04-2008 04:10 AM

Very cool. I like it a great deal. Thanks for sharing.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#7 posted 11-04-2008 04:42 AM

Beautifully done Ellen! Very unique.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#8 posted 11-04-2008 05:30 AM

A true work of art. Thanks for sharing, Ellen.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 11-04-2008 10:06 AM

I like the way you look at wood: we often consider basically the structural possibilities of wood, but I think you look for its plasticity, as if it was clay. I find your projects very inspiring. Thank you for posting, Ellen.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#10 posted 11-04-2008 03:10 PM

Very beautiful Ellen, I just sanded a platter to 15,000, never thought it possible, but you’re right it does feel like silk or like my wife said, ” a babys butt”. By the way I love all your sculptures. They all urge you to feel them, to rub your hand across them and to feel the sensuousness and thats neat.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 11-04-2008 06:51 PM

Beautiful and really cool shape.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 11-11-2008 03:50 PM

Just beautiful! Nice to see you’re still churning em out!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 12-30-2008 05:19 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#14 posted 04-15-2009 06:29 AM

A really wonderful piece, this!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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