|Project by BrentB||posted 05-23-2016 03:58 PM||1097 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
This is a Mesquite Burl box. It’s the first box of this type I made. It’s a few years old now, but being new to LJ I thought I’d share. I made it for my wife’s 50th birthday, but don’t tell anyone. My brother had a huge Mesquite Burl weighing several hundred pounds. A few years ago he gave me some of it and I’ve been hooked on working with Mesquite since. I’d never possessed wood so beautiful before.
The box is 8×6x4. It’s the first time I made my own wooden hinges. I finished the box using the French Polishing technique. It was also my first time trying this particular finishing technique. I bought premixed Shellac initially and found it difficult to work with. I later found it was very old after learning how to decipher the mixing date. So I ordered Shellac flakes and started mixing my own. After a lot of trial and error I finally started getting the hang of it. I stripped this box and started over 3-4 times before I finally learned what the pad was telling me as I applied the finish correctly.
I’m no photographer and the finish is so glossy it was hard to take a good picture without seeing the reflection of myself and everything around the box. It looks better in person than it does in the pictures.
-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.