Here is another of my almost completed boxes , it just needs a liner. Spalted Maple ,bog oak from West Virginia,and Turquoise.
This bog oak is really special. A farmer in W.V. was digging a pond on his property deeper. He dug up four logs 3 oak and 1 hickory. He had an geologist come out and take a look at the site. He determined that these were buried during the last ice age, by the Blue Clay Layer they were found in ,making them between 8,000and 12,000 years old. This oak looks great Quarter sawn I don’t have a lot left. I don’t know if I can get any more.There is only two places in the U.S. That I have found Bog Oak so far.
The handles were a salute to James Krenov who passed while I was making it .Definately the smallest mortise and tenons I have made. I use spalted maple wormholes and all sometimes
The top is really two pieces of oak, with natural edges , that I splined together for strength, leaving a void at the surface.
The turquoise in the checks is something I do now and again. With tweezers, I jamb each piece in one at a time. When I get a few in place I drop medium thickness superglue on it let it dry , repeat till the crack is filled Then I grind it flush.If it needs more stones i repeat . Then I sand and polish the wood and stones together
The box is 6”x 9” x 3” with out the legs The finish is Dannish oil and wax