The Teaset Egg

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Project by thewoodartist posted 1396 days ago 1493 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the ninth in a series of wooden eggs, roughly modeled upon the concepts and ideas incorporated in the famous Faberge eggs of Russia.

For those unfamiliar with the originals, the Faberge Eggs were created by the artist of Faberge as gifts which the Czar gave to his family members each year at Easter. Those eggs were made of precious metals, gemstones, and were typically about 3 to 4 inches in height. They always contained a “surprise” inside, usually a small model of something significant to the royal family. Over the years, they contained a working, wind-up train, a model of the royal coronation coach, and many other things. Today the eggs are valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, and the model of the coach was used as the basis for renovating the original real coach, since the miniature was so accurate.

Like the originals, the eggs in my series are each unique. This particular one was turned from American black walnut, with an applique of white maple. The hinge rings are bloodwood (satine). The stand is made of leopardwood and sapele.

The “surprise” inside this one is a tea set, turned from holly and mounted upon a table of ebony sitting on a floor of yellowheart.

The case which holds the finished egg and stand is made of eastern ash, with a padauk top.

The egg is about 4 inches tall.

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#1 posted 1396 days ago

Intricate and beautiful!

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#2 posted 1396 days ago

Firstly welcome to Lj’s
secondly that is an amazing piece of work, I love the little tea set inside

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 1396 days ago

incredible… absolutely .. can’t find the words!
what a treasure. You are truly an artist.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 1396 days ago

A very nice piece. I look forward to seeing more of your eggs and other work. Do you do mostly miniatures?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 1396 days ago

First welcome to L J enjoy and have fun its not a bad place to hang out
and you will fit right in.

great idea you have taken up , its so beautyfull transformed to wood
well done, I tip my hat for you

take care

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#6 posted 1396 days ago

that’s really cool!

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#7 posted 1396 days ago

That’s really very beautiful and you have done a wonderful job in the designing and making of it. Congratulations!

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 1396 days ago

Wow. That egg is fantastic.
And the box is no slouch either.

Welcome to LJs,

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1396 days ago

Very Nice! Great little story on the history of the egg’s.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 1396 days ago

All I can say is – WOW! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! What a wonderful inspiration to see this! I have always loved Faberge Eggs for their intricate beauty and before I even read the text you wrote, I was thinking of them with just seeing this. I see you are a new member here and welcome you to LJ’s! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

:D Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 1396 days ago

Very Nice. Well thought out and beautiful to look at.

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#12 posted 1396 days ago

Incredible work! As Steve said, I’d be proud of the box alone.

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

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#13 posted 1395 days ago

Great box and that egg is really something special. Sure makes me wish we could see the other eight…. hmmmm? Welcome to LJ’s too!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 1395 days ago

Nice Egg !!! Welcome

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#15 posted 1395 days ago

Wow is right, that is just beautiful, very well made you can see. And the little teapot inside is cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- RStadler

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