|Project by thewoodartist||posted 09-28-2010 10:18 AM||1401 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
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.