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Project by patron posted 12-20-2014 01:05 AM 2028 views 0 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

some time back
a woman i had known (obviously as someone else)
came from hawaii to be my forever companion
she had a few medical issues that i understood
and was willing to help with
when she arrived
i made her the box shown at the bottom of first picture
lacewood with aromatic cedar lining
and some of my ‘ribbons’
running up each end and across the top

well within 4 days of her laying in bed smoking ‘medical pot’
and the tv running 24/7 watching soaps and ‘pawn stars’
and giving everything that wasn’t nailed down to her kids
(thank God they didn’t live here too)

well it didn’t last
she decided i should leave my house/shop/ and 12.3/4 acres to her kids
within 10 days she was gone (thank you Lord) !
the box left on the table

she is affectionately remembered by me as ‘hurricane’
(i thank davidheimers for forgetting her)

well as things went the box was bought from a loving father to one of his sons
then he came by and asked for one for himself
with the same design and even the same wood from the other smaller one
(i still had a piece about 4”x12”x3/4” of it
and more of the same batch of ‘ribbons‘)

he got all animated on me
and said
‘just make any box and run a grove in it somewhere
and inset the piece of lacewood’

well i replied that since he was designing the box
it would double the price
he gave me some down for it and left

the dads box is curly maple with the inlays as shown
the right being the one as his sons
the left as a balance to give more interest and color

as i was moving all the tools to the new ongoing shop
i made two boxes at my leisure
(both 6”h x 8”w x 24”l)
to calibrate the tools as i got them up and running again
one for him and another for another friend

long story short
5 days ago i got a call that said friend was on his way to denver
and wanted to pick up the boxes

well i made a concerted effort
and got both almost finished
working in the shop to do tooling
in temps at

them moving the parts into the house to warm them and assemble and finish

yesterday one was picked up
the other i have till tuesday to give to him
on his way home

hope dad likes his box
he has another son too
and will spend the holidays with a new GF
so maybe more in the works

i still have some of both the lacewood and the ribbons

i just use my exotics for inlays and accents now
it has become to expensive to use as full planks

thanks for looking

HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 01:54 AM

David, What a story! You need a stove/furnace in your new shop!

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

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patron

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 01:57 AM

howdy cowboy

got the stove running again
with fire proofing under and around

but with no insulation
not worth the firewood
it all just burns up
and goes right out the roof

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 02:03 AM

Great story. Great box. Awesome inlay. Love it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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patron

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#4 posted 12-20-2014 02:09 AM

thanks bill

the curly maple is awesome

have a good one my friend

will post the other soon
it is wow black walnut

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 12-20-2014 02:30 AM

A Fine Story David, fraught with Romance and Intrigue… I’m still amazed that she didn’t take the Box!
All’s well that ends Better though… Glad to see and hear that the Box didn’t go to “waste” and has even begun to multiply!!
Nice Work and Happy Endings all around Brother!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 12-20-2014 02:38 AM

thanks michael

glad we didn’t ‘multiply’ too :)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 12-20-2014 03:11 AM

David, you are flat out the best story teller on LJ.
And you’re a damn good box maker to boot.
Have a great one and try to stay warm.
All the very best of fortunes to you in 2015 my friend.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 12-20-2014 03:15 AM

Yeah, your Shop would have turned into an addition for her Family and all of your begats… :-D

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 12-20-2014 03:17 AM

same best wishes for you and yours paul

house is plenty warm
and i can take a hint
when the switches are even hard to engage
on the cold tools in the shop
you can almost hear the freezing in there

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 12-20-2014 03:19 AM

David, I wish you were closer. I have a lifetime supply of firewood that will rot before I can use it.

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

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#11 posted 12-20-2014 03:23 AM

can’t contemplate that michael

imagine me going up to the pearly gates
and be told that i couldn’t enter

‘your are begot from here
and take your begat’s with you’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 12-20-2014 03:28 AM

well andy
when eddie comes thru there
make me one of those ‘magic boxes’ of yours
one he can put in the glove box

that when opened
has 10 cords of firewood in it

i’ll send it back when i unload it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 12-20-2014 03:53 AM

You can spin a yarn….
Make fanciful ribbons….
Build beautiful boxes!!!

The shop may be cold….
But, you sir have a warm heart!!!

Best to you in the new year & new shop.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 12-20-2014 03:53 AM

Nice work David, always interesting how things come to be in this world…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 12-20-2014 04:08 AM

good to hear from you two

‘if it weren’t for gluck
i’d have no gluck at all’
have another gnog on me son

yes it is jeff
sometimes the wrong turn
is the right one
(i still wonder where the other turn lead to though)

hope to see you all at the next shindig

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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