|Project by Wheathills||posted 12-01-2009 02:39 PM||4389 views||11 times favorited||39 comments|
This Memory Box was commissioned by a wife for her husband’s 70th birthday. it was a surprise (the box not the birthday!)
Her husband was one of the design team who created the Rolls Royce RB211 engine, here in Derby.
(His favourite tree is Oak)
Box of Burr Tiger Oak, banded in Macassar Ebony and strung in chequer stringing finished to the edges in boxwood stringing throughout.
The lift up lid is decorated with a marquetry design of coloured sycamore of interesting grains and in the form of a RB 211 \Rolls Royce Engine, enclosing an internal oak tray. The fins of the engine have been ‘sand scorched’ to achieve the desired effect.
A central storage compartment with a tilting lid, itself decorated with a brightly coloured marquetry panel of similar timber in the form of a closed book embossed with the RR logo on the spine, supporting two quills and an inkwell and on open book with the Bristol University motto
All surfaces are traditionally hand French polished with lemon shellac, burnished with an oil and beeswax composition. The underside of the box is upholstered in suede.
The chap was really thrilled.
I’d like to thank you for all prevous comments made, I always show them to the Cabinet Makers and French Polishers here. The customers are always thrilled with the handmade furniture and Memory Boxes we have made, but there’s nothing quite like being appreciated by a fellow ‘jock’.
-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK, http://www.wheathills.com