Koa, maple, leaf

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Koa, Maple with Leaf accent. This little box is from the suitcase of Koa i hauled back from Hawaii a couple of years ago. The box is square, about 5×5 inches with curved sides and maple splines. The lift-off lid features a carved Koa leaf (note the two-piece leaf with the grain running at 45 degrees to the center vein). The bottom is dadoed in and lined with black velvet. It is finished in spray semigloss poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 06:05 PM

Very nice and inspiring. I love all the delicate details and color contrasts. Good work. Thanks.



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#2 posted 02-23-2011 06:10 PM

Beautiful box, very nice carving adding a special touch, fine craftsmanship shows in all your work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 06:15 PM

Pleasant shape and nice use of the sapwood. The leaf compliments the figure and offers a textural element. I often have mixed feelings about splines, but these work nicely with the heartwood/sapwood contrast. You seem to have an endless repertoire of tasteful shapes. I am envious.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 06:56 PM

What a little treasure. You work with some beautiful wood, and do it justice!


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#5 posted 02-23-2011 11:13 PM

Plenty of nice detail in such a small box. The woods are beautiful together, as usual nice work…BC

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 01:48 AM

Simply elegant.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 03:34 AM

Hey JB,
Elegant design and cool finish…nice job.

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 05:27 AM

Great box the wood is beautiful. Nice work.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 05:53 PM

Small boxes like this are a great way to show off a special piece of wood – yours is beautiful and I like the outside shape. How do you do your shaping? I’m not a big carver, but your pieces inspire me to try more on my boxes – I like the organic feel that the leaves lend to your pieces.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 09:16 PM

Really like the shape of this box John. And Koa can only add to the elegance of any box. I generally perfer not to have accent splines in boxes but these don’t deter from the box. Your personalized touch of carving on boxes is a real plus. Would have been nice to have a couple more photos of the box from different angles and the inside. Fine work!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#11 posted 06-30-2012 10:57 AM

i love this box, great job!!!

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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