|Project by BrentB||posted 06-02-2016 06:31 PM||1378 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
This is a simple Oak box trimmed and accented with Walnut. It’s 6×4x3 and finished with Shellac using the French Polishing technique. The inside is lined with Aromatic Cedar, which is removable. I completed it last week.
Why the name ‘Mitosis Box’ you ask? Do you remember high school Biology class? For me it was Mr. McDowell. Anyway, if you recall I bet you had to learn about cell division. You probably had to memorize each phase of cell division. If you look closely at the grain you’ll see an example of Mitosis. Below is an illustration.
By the way, you should know my undergrad degree is in Biology. Anyway, this particular piece of Oak was sitting on the firewood stack at my cabin between Breckenridge and Graham Texas. I noticed it had a funny shaped ‘bump’ so I tossed in the back of the truck and took it home. When I got home I put it in my re-saw sled and started to peel back the layers. I can’t take credit for the Re-Saw Sled. My brother made it for me. I need to get him to become a member of LJ.
As I sliced deeper into the wood I started noticing something that was very familiar to me. Each slice looked more and more like the various phases of cell division. I knew I had a great idea for a box so I didn’t waste any time getting started.
I constructed the box to illustrate Metaphase or Anaphase on the front and back of the box. Each side of the box represents Cytokinesis as the cell has divided into two daughter cells with cell division complete.
Sorry about the Biology references…it’s just how my brain works sometimes. Most of all I love looking for hidden beauty inside the rough exterior of wood. It’s amazing what you can find inside the most ordinary looking piece of wood. To me it’s like treasure hunting. When I find something incredible I have to make something out of it to preserve its beauty. I have a tendency to give away everything I make including this box. I already have someone in mind that I know will appreciate the concept. The only things I keep are photos and a few raw unusual pieces I display on my desk.
-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.