Burl Walnut Humidor With Patinated Copper and Gold Leaf

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Project by Operaman posted 01-03-2008 07:30 PM 5342 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The humidor was made as one rabbetted case piece, with the lid being sawn free after glue-up. I veneered the Spanish Cedar core with Burl Walnut, and then added copper and gold leaf accents over American Vermillion Japan Paint, which were patinated with various chemicals. The patina on the gilded lid, for example, was created using cheesecloth and sulfurated potash, which renders various tones that remind me of the different colors of cigar wrappers. The lid is framed with solid crotch walnut. I then added a seal liner of thin Spanish Cedar (1/8”) inside the box bottom which protrudes just above the lip, and a corresponding liner inside the lid which promotes keeping the cigars at a constant temp. and relative humidity. The dovetailed tray is finally made and added which allows for better air circulation within the box and around the cigars, enhancing the prospects of long-term aging success of these premium smokes. This humidor was made on commission and sold for $2500.00. My client said he couldn’t be happier. Whew!

-- Cheers!

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#1 posted 01-03-2008 07:36 PM

Great piece. This is one I could look at over and over. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 01-03-2008 07:48 PM

Beautiful humidoor!

If I could find a steady stream of clients like this, I’m pretty sure I could quit my day job. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-03-2008 07:59 PM

That’s a beautiful piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 12:36 AM

Nice humidor!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 02:45 AM

Just a beautiful humidor, very nicely made. mike

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

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 05:10 AM

Another beaut Scott.

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 07:12 AM

Very cool.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 08:38 AM

Very nice! I love the burls.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 02:25 PM

Almost enough to make one take up smoking!

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#10 posted 01-06-2008 04:57 PM

It seems like the different types of wood that were used were covered with Gold and Silver and not really needed. Wait did you say 2500.00…. Owell I you can do what ever you want. All kidding aside this is beyond nice. We can all make boxes but your’s is not just a box. You can truely think out of the Box. A very creative idea. Thanks for the ideas and for sharing a great project.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#11 posted 01-12-2008 09:51 PM

Delightful box Scott. The different media blend so well and it should age beautifully. A true antique of the future. I hope you signed it!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#12 posted 01-25-2008 10:22 PM

When I first saw this box I thought it was a little too busy. But I’ve revisited it and had a more thoughtful look. I now believe the design fits well with the purpose of the box. Regardless, even a box made with mixed media is a small wooden box and I just love them all!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 08-12-2010 02:51 PM

Scott. First of all, cool box. I like your humidors a lot.
Second. How do you find a client that will pay what your time and work is worth? I just made a couple humidors, nothing spectacular. However, everone wants one but not a single one of them is willing to pay me for what my time is worth. The only time a box of mine sold for near it’s actual worth was for a charity event when Everyone pays more than they normally would.
Again. Love your work Scott.

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 06:39 PM

Hey Rick,

Thanks for the kind words man. Much appreciated. I have to be honest most of my clients for humidors, pipe cabinets, etc. come from a private smoking club that I am a member of in Chattanooga, TN. It isn’t as high class as it sounds, but there enough guys there with lots of money to keep me fairly busy. It all started when i brought one of my small humidors from home to fill up my locker humi at the club. It is honestly being in the right place at the right time. I would consider marketing myself to those types of people though, both in person and on the internet. Does this help?

-- Cheers!

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 07:59 PM

That does help Scott. You’re right, it is being at the right place at the right time. That just happened to me a few weeks ago. I brought my humidor into a cigar shop and a patron asked if I could make a watch box to hold his 14, thousand dollar watches. Well, it was almost a success. I drew up a rough sketch along with all of the options and things we could do, emailed it to him but he never responded. Pretty rude for him to not even respond after all of the preliminary work I did.
However, the owner of the shop then asked me to make him 110 small cigar boxes that he could sell cigars in. He wants to burn the name of his shop into the side of them.
I took some bad picture of one with my phone this morning:

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