|Project by thewoodartist||posted 09-27-2010 08:48 AM||1711 views||4 times favorited||21 comments|
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.