|Project by YorkshireStewart||posted 01-19-2008 10:57 PM||5031 views||17 times favorited||49 comments|
This is my entry for the 2008 Winter Awards. Its design grew from the small board of pippy/ burr/ burl oak that I’d had in the workshop for several years. I was loath to trim off either of the natural edges to hinge the lid in a conventional way, so decided to split it to open in this way.
The box itself is made from a board of brown oak; the trays from white oak offcuts, and the black components are bog oak. Bog oak is said to be between 4000 and 7000 years old, and is the first stage in the fossilisation of wood. Continuing the fossil theme, I inserted the polished ammonite fossil (some millions of years old) to cover a dead knot that had crumbled as I planed the board. As I’d intended the box to house, amongst other ‘accumulations’, my small collection of old watches in this box, I thought this fitted in quite nicely with the idea of the passage of time. Having done it, it does look like a lock escutcheon at a quick glance.
I have a love affair with wooden hinges and decided to challenge myself by taking them one step further. These are 9.5 inches long and my blog” gives more details of their construction as well as other aspects of the box.
The body of the box is 14×9.5×8 inches. I have lined the trays with brown crushed velvet and I finished the box with lashings of Danish oil followed by a coating of Briwax. I’ll continue to wax it for some time to build up a patina.
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