Here is my entry for the artistic joinery contest. As with all the other contests, I had a hard time coming up with an idea. This contest was very hard to come up with an idea for because there are so many things you can do. I really love making boxes so I decided to make one for the contest. I needed to be as creative as possible, so instead of a square box I decided to make a round box. It is made up of 20 pieces beveled at 9 degrees on each side with a piece of western red cedar between them to make the box stand out. The whole box is made of poplar and western red cedar. The lid is made up of six segmented pieces with cedar spacers between them to give it a very cool look. The bottom of the box is similar to the lid, but instead of 6 pieces it is made up of 12 pieces also with cedar spacers between them. This box has many tricky angles with the added challenge of putting spacers between them, but I think I nailed it. The next step was making a little handle for the lid. I turned it on the lathe out of a piece of pine, my turning skills have also improved a lot. The final step was finishing. Some Water Based Polyurethane was what I used. I am very happy with the way this box turned out and I can’t wait to see how it finishes in the contest!