Cypress Letter Box

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Project by deadhead posted 01-04-2009 12:02 AM 2015 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My projects are crafted with what we call here in Florida “deadhead lumber”. The term refers to lumber cut from logs that have been underwater for a long time. The wood is cured in an oxygen free environment ( anaerobic) and in most cases is old first growth timber. Very stable, tight growth rings and with a unique patina from the tannic acid waters of Florida’s rivers and streams. A state license is required to salvage these logs and I buy directly from the guy who brings them up off the bottom. How green can you get? This was an alternate entry in the Knot Contest but I like the boxes better. This particular projecy ended up as a letter box ( with knot) that measures 10×14, envelope storage in the lid and removable tray over stationary space. Most of my work is influenced by oriental aesthetics and as David Pye says ” There’s beauty in imperfection”. Eight coats of satin poly mixed with Watco Natural and wet sanded between coats with 300 to 600 grit.

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 01:24 AM

Beautiful work!

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 04:14 AM

this one got my attention… I’m also inspired by “beautiful imperfections”

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 04:21 AM

Nice box Great Job

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 04:40 AM

Nice box

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#5 posted 01-30-2009 07:13 AM

It’s all about the wood ! Very nice project and thanks for the history details : )

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