|Project by EPJartisan||posted 10-14-2010 05:47 PM||4046 views||31 times favorited||27 comments|
I got a commission from my horrible website (at least it got me some business, lol) for a wine bottle presentation box as a thank you gift to the client’s boss. I warned him that I am more of a sculptor and get lost in projects. He gave me free reign and no price limit, no time limit, so when time opened up I engaged this project and gave an estimate and rough drawings.
I am obsessed with trees and their interesting factoids. Hickory is a great stable wood, but one with an attitude. I made the box and all wood components out of remnants of hickory flooring. Being a wine freak myself, I have been dreaming of making lamps out of broken wine bottles and layered wood…. so this was a great opportunity to try out both. The 2 hardest things about hickory is it moves around a lot until stable with it’s new thickness and shape, so a lot of waiting between cuts…. and the grain is horrible for tear-out… of course I use the most figured boards, so I expected it. The last picture is my double sided chalk board I made for planning out projects.. 4ft x 6ft… Hard board on a pine frame… chalk board spray painted… it spins 360 on bearings.. and the back side is a dry erase board.
Simple box joints and picture frame with four 1/8” layers of hickory that was more than a pain to get that thin without tear-out. The tree branches and root are reminiscent of hickory trees. I broke over a hundred wine bottles of green colors, chipped, ground, and foiled to look like Hickory leaves. I decided to make the interior dimensions equal, so the bottle dividers can be turned to use as a display shelf for nick-nacks. (I love multifunction design) So I picked out the best sap/heart wood for the backing. Using the heartwood to seem like clouds.
The client could not believe his eyes, he was happily shocked at my price. He gave me two bottles of excellent wine as a thank you. I have not heard yet, but his wife wanted to keep the box for herself.
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