Sgian Dubh Presentation Box #2

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Project by Ethan Sincox posted 10-02-2007 06:30 AM 3395 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commissioned piece I’ve been working on. It is a sgian dubh presentation box for a woman in Scotland to give to her fiance on their wedding day. It is a traditional Scottish wedding, with kilts and the like, so inside will be a custom sgian dubh made just for him (but not by me; by the same guy who made my sgian dubh you see in the pictures).

Reclaimed White Oak from my family farm
Bog Oak from Ireland
Extruded Brass Hinges from Woodcraft
Red Jasper Cabochon

The sgian dubh is going to have a red jasper cabochon set into the pommel, so I thought it would be a grand idea to inlay one into the lid of the box. The rectangle around the wood, the keyed miters, and the interior dividers are all bog oak.

Oh, and the cuff links in the right compartment are bog oak cuff links I made myself, in case anyone was wondering.

-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 10-02-2007 06:40 AM

Man this just sings. Great job, Ethan.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 10-02-2007 06:43 AM

What a wonderful box Ethan. This is going to make quite an impression.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-02-2007 06:55 AM

I think you did a great job and it will be well received. I know I would love to have it as well as the dagger. I must first get my wife to make my kilt though. Yea, I have the blood line of a Scot so you win with me either way.

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#4 posted 10-02-2007 08:14 AM

It’s hard to beat the classic look of Oak; both the Blog Oak and the White Oak. This is one very beautiful piece of work, Ethan; an outstanding box and I just love small wooden boxes.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 10-02-2007 01:15 PM

Very fine craftsmanship Ethan, I’m sure it will be cherished by the recipient for many years.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 10-02-2007 01:52 PM

great job! This should be really cherished

-- Spread love with our work

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#7 posted 10-02-2007 02:35 PM

Ethan -

Outstnading craftsmanship! I like the earthy feel of the project – makes you want to reach out an pick it up. The red jasper cabachon is w wonderful design element.


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#8 posted 10-02-2007 03:15 PM

Nice box – I like it!

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

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#9 posted 10-02-2007 03:29 PM

Yup, that’s a great piece, Ethan!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 10-02-2007 03:33 PM

Beautiful box, Ethan.

I don’t know much about Scottish customs, but I think it is a great idea for the bride to give the groom a knife on their wedding day so he can slit his wrists later. :-)

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

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#11 posted 10-02-2007 03:38 PM

We’ve been watching and waiting for this . Very well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 10-02-2007 04:18 PM

Thanks Charlie for the morning belly laugh!
Obviously this is not the true reason, else married life would not have become the edifying societal force that we know today (and yes, the wife is not even looking over my shoulder as I type).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 10-02-2007 04:28 PM

27 happy years on this end. Doug, so I know what you mean. Still, there are moments…... lol

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

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#14 posted 10-02-2007 09:01 PM

Just 10 coming up, prolly would have been dead or in prison without the reprieve! But yeah, there is the occasional moment…when it’s a nice time for a walkabout.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 10-03-2007 01:38 AM

Great box, Ethan. I’ve been following the blog. I like that it has reclaimed oak in it. Just adds to the character.

Could you give us a phonetic spelling for Sgian Dubh? I’m not sure of which letters are silent (if any).

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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