Jewel box - Mother Nature's Magic

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 07-20-2010 09:18 PM 3700 views 24 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our son-in-law deposited a tree stump on our driveway some months ago and I recently posted details of the first box I’d made from its ‘contents’. The wood it provides gets better and better. The lid on this, my latest box, is one of the most stunning looking pieces of wood I have worked with. It has great contrast between sapwood and heartwood; an amazing range of colours; areas of ripple; exceptionally fine spalting; little areas of tiny knots; and fascinating flame effects. Oh, and a symmetrical natural bark edge. Mother Nature’s magic indeed.

I kept the design (as such) very simple and let the wood tell the story. No visible corner joints; I used lock mitres to give strength. Hinge is a variation on my usual wooden variety pivotting, as usual, on a knitting needle. I added the small cut-outs at the base just to lighten it visually.

Dimensions are around 10” x 7” x 6” and the lift out tray is ripple sycamore lined with green crushed velvet.

Another box that Mrs YS wouldn’t allow to leave the house!

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

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 09:20 PM

Wow. Absolutely stunning.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 09:26 PM

Beautiful box Stewart. You did the right thing by the wood, but the design though quiet is very elegant even though it’s rustic. I can see why your wife won’t part with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 09:28 PM

Wow. I am generally slow to appreciate things like spalted wood and live edges. But this is such gorgeous wood (and use of it) that even a buffoon like me can appreciate it. Well executed!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 09:29 PM

Beautiful it is natures wonder , great use of most unique wood.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 09:36 PM

Absolute beautiful!
The wood are so full of life.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 09:45 PM

Wow… you are right the wood is the star here. But I must say it is your design and excursion that really let it shine. This is a real beauty I like everything about it.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 09:53 PM

Just beautiful… that box is something special.
I agree with Mrs YS.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 10:06 PM

Beautiful piece of wook thats for sure, great looking box.

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 10:14 PM

Excellent box. Hey Stewart, I will be sending my daughter to study at Oxford University as a 3rd year this Fall; Perhaps I will send her up to Yorkshire to see if she can talk Ms YS into parting with that beautiful box. Great job.

-- Joe Cool

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 10:24 PM

Always listen to Mama.

You have a very good eye for design sir. This is an extraordinary box. There is lots’a Stewart in there. I believe I could have fingered you as the creator if I had not been told who is was.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 10:32 PM

That is a work of art! Wonderful.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 10:38 PM

Wow…and that wood is speaking for itself! More like yelling and screaming. That is beautiful!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 10:49 PM

I just love spalted wood! And I think Yorkshire Stewart’s magic is working right in tune with Mother Nature’s.

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

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 10:55 PM

fantasstic wood
the lid almost look like a map
I like the way you have extended the lid out from the box

thank´s for sharing Stewart


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#15 posted 07-20-2010 11:09 PM

Steward: Some beautiful wood. A fantastic box to use it on.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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