step-mom's jewelry box

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Project by larryw posted 02-16-2011 07:15 AM 5988 views 53 times favorited 59 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is what I would call a “sister” box to the first one that I posted a couple days ago. It was made for my step-mom and has a similar theme as the first one ,but is quite different in several ways, for one it’s slightly larger and with gentle curved or radiused sides instead of the “s” curved sides of the first one, also there is about 3 times as many inlay pieces, and a different composition, for instance, instead of a pearl vine wrapping over the top, it’s a large tree made from cocoblo. I really stuggled with this one because I wanted to incorporate a multitude of elements without it appearing to cluttered or “busy”. when you have a large number of elements in a composition ,some of those elements tend to get “lost” when trying to bring everything into proportion . I think a project should have a focal point , but I don’t know if I achieved that in trying to create a random scene from nature in this one.( you know the saying-sometimes less is more).Well as you can see, I went for the more. Anyway I’m happy with the results even though I know Some people will find this a little excessive , but as for my step-mom…..she loved it.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 07:21 AM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 07:25 AM


-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 07:25 AM

That is wickedly amazing. You truly gives me something to aspire to. Great Job!!!

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 07:28 AM

That is hot.

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 07:30 AM

unique & complex to me :) clever craftmanship

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 07:41 AM

Wow, this box is just as incredible as the last one. The inlay work looks beautiful, and incredibly tedious.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 07:51 AM

Wow wow wow, Got to give you the three wows, because it is totally awesome. Magnigicent craftsmanship. Beautiful artwork. Nothing but outstanding.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 07:51 AM

You do very nice work ,Larry. Sweet !

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 09:34 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Very impressive and outstanding craftsmanship. You are truly blessed with a God given talent. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 09:40 AM

WOW!! How many hours in that one? Awesome work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 10:59 AM

Fantastic Job Larry!!
I don’t think it’s too “busy”... Yes, there’s a lot going on, but every bit of it is of visual interest, and reveals new pleasures/treasures…
I am floored by the trays alone!! :)
Wow indeed…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 02-16-2011 11:00 AM

Bl * dy H ll ! It gets better (sorry about the language tried to disguise it with asterisks) just a kneejerk reaction
That is superb work

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 02-16-2011 11:26 AM

Wow is right! This is a real beauty!!!! Had so much going on I looked at this for a while. You hit this one out of the park! Its perfect!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 02-16-2011 12:39 PM

this is exquisite. Absolutely magnificent. What a treasure!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 02-16-2011 01:48 PM

Larry ~ I know what you mean about the design principle of ‘less is more’... BUT, this totally works! It is not too unlike the Faberge Eggs where extravagance IS a design principle. What an incredible gift for your Step-mom to receive! A whole lot of time well spent.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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