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Keepskake Box "Valentine"

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-18-2015 07:56 AM 685 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second-to-last box I made. Description lifted from my website.
Herr Beethoven was composing a symphony while he lived in Vienna. At the time, for whatever whacky reason, he thought Napolean was all that and a bag of chips. So, the working title of his third symphony (my favorite, by the bye) was (paraphrasing) “Symphony for a hero”. Then, Nappy’s merry men traipsed into Vienna and started busting things up and making a whole lot of noise. Beethoven changed the name of the symphony to “Eroica”, which is the name by which we now know it. His “hero” had become a tyrant, and an obnoxious little pig.

It was along much the same line that I renamed this piece “Valentine”. (It had a different working title).

This is made from a block of Fiddleback Claro Walnut that I picked up for a song (it was mismarked). and sat around for more than a year-and-a-half. I couldn’t do anything with it til I thought I could do it justice.

I hadn’t had quite enough of that stunning wood, so I made a book-matched panel of it and surrounded it with a frame of Ambrosia Maple. A breath-taking specimen by its own right, Ambrosia Maple is so-named because the tree had been infested with a rather innocuous little bug called the Ambrosia Beetle. The little critters bored small holes in the wood and lived a very happy little bug life, leaving, in the end, some beautiful staining effects, sometimes confused as spalting, which is caused by a fungus not innocuous. Weeeeel, the wood is milled and treated for the “vermin”, and becomes the stunning wood you see here.

The base is a piece of White Oak, and the stringing (the dark line in the lid frame, is Cocobolo.

I think I did okay by it. Don’t you? There are a couple of flaws. Namely: there’s a tweak in the lid due to a bad screw; and some barely-perceptible mis-cues in the dovetails. Nonetheless, I’m pleased with it.

-- Mark





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BobWemm

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#1 posted 07-18-2015 11:23 AM

Hi Mark,
I’m not going to comment on each and everyone of these boxes, other than to say they are all beautiful in their own right.
Construction and finish is excellent. They look great.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 11:14 PM

I still haven’t finished this one, Bob. I’ve yet to decide how to hold the open lid in place in a unique way.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-19-2015 03:17 PM

Awesome
Dave

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#4 posted 07-23-2015 01:02 AM

This one say’s everything, that the other ones don’t.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#5 posted 07-23-2015 08:27 AM

Thanks, Don and Dave

-- Mark

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#6 posted 07-23-2015 01:23 PM

Mark, I like all of the other ones too, Your camera work is outstanding also.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 07-24-2015 07:57 AM

Thank you, Don. I’ve worked as hard on the photographic habit as on the woodsmithery.
Woodsmithery: The sport of the easily-distracted.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s far too dark to read. You may quote me.

California cheese is so good that we eat it. We don’t wear it on our heads.

I seem to be morphing into a tagline aficionado.

-- Mark

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