|Project by shipwright||posted 12-14-2010 04:05 AM||4709 views||38 times favorited||63 comments|
At last “Little Cabinetree” is finished.
This is a mitered 1/2” MDF box, veneered inside and out with no framing and almost no hardware. The hinges are “box joint” style pinned with removable 1/8” brass rods.
The two main features are the tree base and the “watercolor style” aniline dyed marquetry top. You don’t ever see both well at the same time.
As you approach from a distance the interest is the discord between the flowing organic lines of the tree and the rigid hard lines of the box, then as you get closer the tree slips out of view and the focus shifts to the marquetry on top. For those who insist on inspecting all sides there is a little surprise even on the back where one of the leaves wraps over the edge.
As you circle the piece close in you will notice the “waterfall” grain matches from the top to all four sides.
The piece is almost entirely Western Big Leaf Maple except for a few small bits of Walnut used in the marquetry to indicate curling edges. The shapes and colors of the leaves are representative of the Western Maple.
There are seventy pieces in the top and each hinge is made up of about forty pieces.
The coloring was done with an experimental “watercolor” style using artists’ brushes and aniline dyes.
The construction was covered in my blog here http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/19444
Thanks for looking.
All comments and especially critiques are welcome and appreciated.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/