|Project by SM||posted 01-16-2010 01:44 AM||2210 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
The first set is made of 90 year old Nara (from my father’s basement), and the lids are spalted birch from the wood pile. The Jewelry box is cherry. The small “pocket box” I made for my father’s birthday, and is also Nara. I’ll explain the spalted birch in the next project. The third, rather hunky/funky, was my attempt to salvage a brown maple, kidney shaped bandsaw box, in which the lid warped, twisted and bowed; really a mess. So I took the remaining center and made a removalbe tray. It works as a “bedside box” in which to put your watch, glasses, cell phone, pocket change, etc., when you go to bed.
The Nara is interesting in that it was a 2 inch thick, 12 inch by 8 foot slab of wood, black with dirt, shoved under my Dad’s work bench. I ask him about it and he said, “Oh, that’s some wood your Uncle Jack gave me fifty odd years ago; I think he said it was, ‘Nara’.”
I had not heard of “Nara”, but as a kid, I was told, “Uncle Jack works in the Orient”, and I remember there was all sorts of very exotic stuff around their house, including furniture.
Consequently, every now and then I call up my dad and ask him to send me another hunk.
I could not find much information on this wood, so I would be interested in what anyone can tell me.