|Project by Andy||posted 06-08-2009 03:36 PM||8574 views||73 times favorited||46 comments|
This is a new version of my Art boxes.I wanted to try a design that was a little more formal and then do some free form sculpting, a bit of a contradiction.
So I started off with a standard miter cornered box, but instead of a slab wood top and a medallion, I opted for a frame and panel top with a medallion. I also cut the arch front which gives the effect of feet. Both of these features lend a furniture feel to this piece.
The handle is Maple with a slot mortise routed in the back, which mates up with one in the edge of the lid and then I slipped in a Bloodwood spline, effectively its a red floating tenon.Then I sanded away the edges of the Maple, revealing the Bloodwood spline, like an inlay, which it is I guess, but in reverse.
It was difficult exposing the same amount of the Bloodwood on each side of the handle, but I like the effect.
I doubt I will do it again but its fun to try new ideas.
Note: The corner splines start out all the same depth/length, but when the sides are cut at an angle they end up tapered. ( just in case you didnt already know)
I did a little different divider arrangement which I think goes well with the overall feel of this design.
The lid stay is just a piece of ribbon, held in place with brass screws and grommets.
(The brass hinges appear to be antiqued, or dirty, but its just the way the polarizing filter plays with the reflection in the photos.
The box is Wenge.
The medallion, handle and splines are Eastern Maple, and Bloodwood accents.
Finish is several coats of satin lacquer. Deft of course.
The photos were taken outside on a sheet spread out on the lawn, and the sky was bright, but overcast. The light passing through the clouds is diffused, or indirect, which is great because it fills in nicely with very little shadowing.
I used a tripod and no flash or additional lighting.
I did use a polarizing filter which I strongly recommend. It allows you to dial in the reflection, depending on your angle to the sun.
I took 3-4 shots from each angle turning the polarizer and then selected the ones that accentuated the shaping the best.
I typically use an aperature of F/8 to ensure the entire box is in focus.
I adjust contrast, color saturation and sharpness in Photoshop.
Thanks for looking.
-- If I can do it, so can you.