The Golden Slipper

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Project by Ellen posted 1903 days ago 3157 views 11 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year, I donate a “work of heart” to a local charity to silent auction. I also wanted to find a piece of wood that has a knot in it so I could compete in the winter contest. The base of this box is cherry. The lid is purple heart, ebony and osage orange.

As usual, I began carving with the angle grinder after I cut the shape out with the bandsaw, I started refining the curves with the grinder and smaller hand held grinding tools. I loved the integration and transition of a top that matched the shape of the bottom of the box, but changed and worked together with the leaves stemming from the center top of the heart. This is finished with sanding to 4000 grit. I finished the lid with wipe on poly and the bottom (cherry) with tung oil. The cavity of the box is not cut with the band saw, but actually carved out of the solid block of cherry.

The handle is carved to look like a slipper and is so soft and tactile that you want to touch it and lift the lid. I cut a sliver slot for the “heel” and dowel pinned the “toe”. This was a particular challenge, as the first handle broke when I was drilling for the dowel pin.

I hope you like it. I always enjoy feedback.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 1903 days ago

Excellent!!!!!!!! Always enjoy seeing what your making next, no dissapointment here. Way to go.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 1903 days ago

Wow thats a very nice box. I’m sure it will auction off at a nice price as well.
Execution and design is terrific.
Good luck in the contest.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 1903 days ago

the contrast is excellent…execution is superb..

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 1903 days ago

great look

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 1903 days ago

fantastic box! so beautiful. (reminds me of a dingbat,.. a subliminal outpouring of the day job? ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 1903 days ago

Really beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 1903 days ago

Truly spectacular…

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

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#8 posted 1903 days ago

wow… i love everything about it. all of your work is truely beautiful.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1903 days ago

Very Beautiful!!! Great Job, Ellen.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 1903 days ago

Beautiful. Your work is always something to see.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 1903 days ago

Every now and then a project appears that has that “Wow” factor, and this is one of those, I would definitely have this golden slipper in my house, excellent work.


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#12 posted 1903 days ago

Absolutely Gorgeous!!

Good Luck in the contest.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 1903 days ago

The best thing about this auction is we get to see your work every year!

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#14 posted 1902 days ago

touches my heart so I guess you were definitely successful.
Extraordinary – again!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 1902 days ago

Beautiful piece Ellen. You did a marvelous job.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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