|Project by Ossian||posted 02-05-2011 04:15 AM||1777 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
The body of the box is a beautifully varigated piece of air-dried walnut with fiddle back maple keys at the corners, wide enough so the figuring stands out. The board was cut so that the flowing wave of the grain makes a continuous pattern around the box.
The lid is a crotch from a maple with waves of striped figuring coming together at different angles. The handles are carved from the same board as the body of the box. I cut a curve out, flat on both sides (like part of a tube), and then cut it from corner to corner. Polishing them was … painful.
The inside is lined with rust ultra-suede and has removable dividers of the same fiddle back maple as the keys on the body. The box and dividers are sized to hold standard tea bags.
I found the walnut board at Rockler’s for far too much money. The fiddleback came from a friend’s firewood pile.
This one sat in my shop, complete, for six months so I could pet it and admire the grain. Then it sat in the entryway to the house for another four months. I think I like this one.