Box for an Ani (Tibetan Nun)

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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 08-17-2010 11:00 PM 2575 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of several Retreat boxes that I’m making for the Ani’s that are beginning a Four Year long Retreat on the Holy Isle on the West Coast of Scotland. I can see the Island from my Home on a clear cold day.
They spend the four years sitting in this box. The Men do the same but use the boxes that are there. The women on the other hand have their own joiner. They start next month so the rush is on. Then I don’t see them for 4 years. I’ll sit worrying about them until then.

The first picture shows the base. I don’t normally like the softwood slats so I use 17mm plywood and have several layout’s for beds. It is cut with a 1/2” straight bit using a basic circle jig.

The second is it being assembled in the yard.

The third shows the circle cutting

The Fourth is it being assembled

The 5th shows it in the trailer (Scottish Rain forced a hasty retreat) as the door to my shop is only 36” wide (I’ve that door on my bucket list). My right hand man Gordon on the right. I would not be able to do anything that I do without his kindness.
One of them is being collected by Ani Yangtso on the 24th and I hope that she will let me have a picture with her sitting in it. She may not as she wants to decorate it. She is a very talented glass artist.
One of her windows can be seen here.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 02:13 PM

That is some deep faith to spend four years in there! That is admirable!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 11:02 PM

That is a real kind thing that you do for them. It is nice to share your talents with others. You did a beautiful job on that box. Do they give you a plan for it?............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 07:41 AM

Jim not really I looked at old photographs

from Tibet then got one of my jolly rouges

to sit and I drew round him. Then it was based

on the 3’ square kapok sitting mat.

One I had made three of them I discovered a

joiner who had done the same boxes. :)

Now I have drawings to share.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 08:56 AM

Jamie, a trip through your Gallery is a delightful history/culture lesson. I’m glad you’re here.

-- Mark

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