Norwegian Box

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Project by Colin posted 2492 days ago 2592 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box carcase is made of 5mm thick Pirhana Pine soaked in water for 24 hours and then bent around a former. The lacing is made from cherry bush roots. The earthy bark is rubbed off and again the root is soaked in water overnight before “lacing”. You have roughly 40 minutes to complete the lacing before the root begins to split. The two horns spring out to release the lid. The lid is made of Lime, more commonly known as basswood in America. The main part of the design is copied from a book of chip carving designs produed by Wayne Barton.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#1 posted 2492 days ago

Very intricate looking box! That is a real work of art, which I’m sure required a lot of patience and skill to build.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 2492 days ago

WOW that is nice. I like the inlay of the feather and the lacing. Well I really like it all. Great craftsmanship…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 2492 days ago

I like this. But Don (Melbourne, Australia) is going to say that too…He loves those little boxes you know.

Similar to the shaker box here in the U.S.(?).

Just an outstanding job Colin. Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 2492 days ago

Man, that is a real work of art!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2492 days ago

Very nice box. Showcases your talent. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 2492 days ago

Great box. I wondered how the lacing was done.

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#7 posted 2492 days ago

Yes, I do like that lacing Colin. Is that all that holds the box together? How is the base attached?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 2491 days ago

Beautiful box! Thanks for sharing the construction details with us.

-- Robb

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#9 posted 2491 days ago

absolutely stunning. The box, the lacing, the inlay, the lid, the horns… dang.. magnificent!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2491 days ago

yes, the lacing is all that holds the carcase together, when the lacing dries out it grips the two sides tightly. The base is rebated into the carcase with a 10mm step and glued with pva wood glue. The carcase needs to flex to provide the spring tension to release the lid and so is better laced without any glue.
Many thanks for all your comments.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#11 posted 2489 days ago

Very nice. I wish I did more projects with this kind of detail. Great work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 2435 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!!! The “Spring Horn” concept is really amazing.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#13 posted 2388 days ago

Boy,you have a real talent for carving! And I really love the visual simplicity of these boxes.They belie the fact that there is quite a bit of work to making them.Nicely done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 2388 days ago

Built kind of like a shaker box, but with a twist.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 2388 days ago

That is nice!

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