|Project by RogerBean||posted 10-09-2010 02:58 AM||3543 views||12 times favorited||15 comments|
This little pencil box is part of a three part design exercise I embarked on in search of a “simple beautiful box.” Now, I’m not setting myself up as any great arbiter of beauty. I’m just searching like everyone else. I’ve already learned this is harder than it looks.
I chose little pencil boxes because their proportions are attractive, and they lend themselves to solid wood (simpler than veneer) and they do not require hardware, or trays or other complications. I also consciously chose plain wood, as wonderful wood is not a perquisite for a beautiful box.
The first of the three boxes is walnut and is 8” x 4” x 1 1/2”. It has a sliding lid. ...a simple box. While I did veneer the inside of this box with maple, it is plain veneer, used for color and contrast, not to dazzle with great figure. The single divider is capped with a thin bit of cocobolo. Veneering the inside may be gilding the lilly a bit. The little burl inlay, bordered with a thin white-black-white line is the only external decoration.
I finished all sides, top and bottom, inside and out. The finish is Sutherland-Welles polymerized tung oil over a light coat of boiled linseed oil. I wanted it to be silky-smooth to touch, but not glossy.
I guess I need to keep trying. Two more boxes to go. The next attempt is in the works. I’ll post the result in a few days.
Thanks for looking in.
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)