The Presentation Egg

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Project by thewoodartist posted 09-28-2010 10:18 AM 1749 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first egg in the series…The Presentation Egg.

The egg began as a concept piece, but gradually became a “real piece” as the idea came together. During its creation, it became a commission, and shortly you’ll see why.

This egg is the crudest of the bunch, with a much larger hinge assembly than later pieces. It’s a bit overbuilt.

In any case, the egg shell is turned from American black walnut. The hinge, turned trim ring, and end caps are made of satine (bloodwood). Inside, the flower is also satine, with petals made of vera, and a base plate made of holly.

The name comes from the surprise inside. In this case, the bottom trim cap rotates, and as it does the flower inside rises out of its petals and gradually opens, revealing an engagement ring. Although I wasn’t present, I understand the result was nothing short of amazing.

There is also a box that holds this egg, but I don’t have a good picture of it.

In any case, this became the basis for the additional eggs, that now number 8. There are plans or sketches for a dozen more, with some pieces of different ones laying around the shop. In all likelihood, the next one to be completed will be the Carousel Egg, which will contain a small, carved carousel horse, along with an appropriate music-box movement hidden in the lower shell. Yes, it’s possible to make that all fit. No, it’s not easy.

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 10:46 AM

cant wait to see pics of the carousel horse one, it sounds very difficult.
If I didn’t think that this was hard enough!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 12:09 PM

One is just more amazing than the next! The thought and planning that goes into them are some else! I just don’t know what to say. It is beautiful.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 01:15 PM

Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful and it looks so difficult!

-- curious woodworker

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 01:40 PM

Amazing, unique concept and wonderful way of presenting a special “present”.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 01:52 PM

Nice job. Maybe its just my monitor, but I can hardly see the 3rd & 4th pics. These pieces are REALLY intriguing. Maybe you would consider blogging the build of the mechinism for this or another one of your eggs?

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

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 01:54 PM

Beautiful, simply beautiful. I’d love to see a blog and/or a video of the making of one of these.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 02:01 PM

Now THAT is a unique idea! I’ll bet that was a show-stopper. You’ve got a really unique series going hers.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 02:02 PM

Simply functional beauty. I have always been fascinated with works of art that are “More Than Meets The Eye” (sorry I had to steal that straight off the Transformers…lol)

I am sure I am not the only one looking forward to seeing many more of these down the line.

Very well done and thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 03:50 PM

Wow! An impressive and original idea. Look forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 07:25 PM

This series is like reading chapter after chapter in a great book. I can hardly wait to see what happens next. Six more to go. Keep them coming please.

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

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 07:29 PM

Gee these are fabulous! I love the idea as a whole and the workmanship is incredible!


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#13 posted 09-28-2010 09:54 PM

Terrific idea, very nicely designed and beautifully constructed.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 10:36 PM

Maveric, you have come closer than you know.

The current project in the shop is to build a “transformer.” However, like all things, there is a hitch.

I have combined the concept of a robot standing up with a Wooten desk. So….in one form, he appears to be a robot, standing about 6 1/2 feet tall, made of purpleheart and trimmed with many other exotics. However, in his alternate ego form, he is a computer desk, with interior compartments a la Wooten.

Thus far, I have more or less completed the legs, and currently the carcass for the body is underway. There are many “transformer” elements, including a set of swinging legs that support the desk leaf when it is down. I will be posting more about this, including some pictures, sometime in the future.


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#15 posted 09-30-2010 06:29 PM

great idea.
and beautiful work :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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