|Project by stefang||posted 04-27-2010 03:39 PM||2921 views||8 times favorited||49 comments|
This jewelry box is for Sofie, my daughter-in-law.
These are actually two goats from Norrøne mythology which the Vikings believed in. Their names are Tanngnjost (sparks from the teeth) and Tanngrisne (openings between the teeth). They belong to Odin’s son Tor who was regarded as the next most powerful god. The goats draw his war wagon which creates lightning and thunder when he crosses the sky. You can read more about it on this link: http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor
Goats on a jewelry box might not seem appropriate for a young woman, but I think Sofie will like it because she is also an artist and I hope she will be pleased since the inlay motif was drawn by her husband, my youngest son Mark who is also an artist. He only sketched one goat and my wife suggested that I double it to make the complete motif. I think she will also like knowing that it is an original design and especially since it was drawn by Mark.
The box is made of solid Oak with solid Mahogany inlay and details. The design just kind of developed as I worked on it. The inlay looked lonely on top of all that Oak, so I cut off the mitered corners and added the Mahogany legs/corner pieces to add a little more interest and to spread the red color around a little better. I used a wooden hinge and I rounded it at the ends to match the rounded box corners.The finish is 3 coats of poly sanded between each coat.
I hope you like it!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.