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This is a walnut burl veneer box on a classic curve shape. I used wenge to accent the walnut with the top and feet. I used a figured walnut piece on the bottom cradle. The handle is made of african porcupine quills .

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 at 05:58 PM

That’s a great box.
The combination of wood is outstanding.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 at 06:29 PM

That is some inspiring stuff there! I love the classic curves, the rich figuring of the walnut and the deviant touch with the porcupine quills…that touch was nuts/brilliant! I wish you would post a shot of the inner lid…I’d love to see how ya finished the quills. Nice work!!

-- Lou

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 at 06:31 PM

Nice box! Outstanding use of materials

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 at 06:53 PM

Ohhhh…. Now I like this! Outstanding work and creativity…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 at 07:02 PM

Dared to be different…Great job.

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 at 07:10 PM

Nice job, love the quills.

-- Kate,

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 at 08:11 PM

Awesome box!! Where did you get the quills? Everytime I see a porcupine road kill all the good stuff has alreasdy been snatched ;-(( BTW, Welcome to LJ!!

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

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 at 08:29 PM

Cool use of materials! Great looking box.

-- 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 02-24-2011 at 08:58 PM

Very interesting use of the porcupine quills, it looks great.

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 at 03:37 AM

Well done love the handle…..

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

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 at 07:53 AM

Where in the heck does one buy porcupine quills?Absolutely gorgeous box.

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

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 at 08:53 AM

Another fabulous piece! It has a playful element to its shape and walnut grain.

I first saw African porcupine quills used on some raku ceramic pieces done by a ceramist from Colorado Springs (I believe).

This is the first time that I’ve seen them utilized with wood. They work quite well! The jumbo size of the quills (in comparison to North America’s variety) in addition to their black/white variegation is a beautiful natural (and organic) element to use in conjunction with the darker walnut.

Your website, Dan, is a treasure trove of wood creativity. Nice to have another fabulous woodworker/artist on board .

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#13 posted 02-25-2011 at 10:33 AM

nice work this is the first time I ever seen an animal or animal parts used in the making of a project.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 at 10:34 AM

What a fantastic piece of artwork here that you’ve shared with us!

The quills are a welcome touch to really amp this piece up.

I really like the way that everything works together. If you were to use the quills on something relatively plain and square, it might not look as good, but here, you’ve got the beautiful grain of the wood, and the curve in the design all working together with those quills.

Wow, an intriguing piece, to say the least.

Welcome to LumberJocks! Now I’m off to check out your site.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 02-25-2011 at 09:43 PM

Wow what a nice piece of work!! Love that handle.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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