Large Celtic Box

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Project by Patrick May posted 05-12-2011 04:02 AM 2148 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heres one of the largest Celtic boxes I have made.It measures 10-3/4” deep x 14-1/2”wide x 4-1/4” tall.

The sides are quilted maple . The top is pencil line spalted big leaf maple. I found this log next to railroad tracks someone had dumped it there. I noticed the spalting so I brought it to a local sawmill.

The black wood is Missouri Bog Oak. It was discoverd by a farmer buried 15 feet below the ground. It is thousands of years old.The log was buried by some dramatic natural event. The tannins in the oak reacted with the soluable Iron present inthe ground water turnning the Oak black.

The finish is 3 coats of natural Danish oil than wax.

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 04:33 AM

Beautiful wood and wonderful craftsmanship.
Just doesn’t get any better.

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 05:26 AM

Your inlays of the knots impress me the most. Then I look at the hinges and wow. The the story of the wood. I hope this box will have a special purpose.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 08:34 AM

Somehow, bog wood cannot be any righter for a Celtic inspired project. Great wood, great job.
Love everything Celtic.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 08:38 AM

Inspirational Patrick. Lovely work, great design and executed with skill…..Love it

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

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 09:29 AM

Superior Work on a Beautiful Box Patrick!!
I was going to tell you what I liked best, but then I realized…
What’s not to like?!
Very Well Done Sir…

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

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 01:08 PM

Great box! The inlays look great!

-- christopheralan

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#7 posted 05-12-2011 02:00 PM

Wonderful box. The way the woods work together and your craftsmanship are fantastic. And thanks for sharing the stories of the wood sources.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#8 posted 05-12-2011 03:28 PM

Amazing work! Love the contrast. That dark oak was a real treasure find!

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#9 posted 05-12-2011 05:07 PM

Materials, craftsmanship and design come together to make this one special box.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 06:08 PM

Nicely done.

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

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 06:19 PM


I was going to comment on the quality of your work, design and material selection but looking closely I got “bogged” down and could “knot” decide how to express my admiration.

Keep up the excellent work!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#12 posted 05-12-2011 09:04 PM

Great job !

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#13 posted 05-12-2011 09:59 PM

What a Beautiful Box, Majestic and Bold, Classy with superb craftsmanship, love the carved handle, wood hinges, and carved inlay, these additions really make this project an eye-catcher, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 05-13-2011 01:13 AM

I love this box. Its like Littlecope say “What’s not to like” Thanks for sharing it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 05-13-2011 04:05 AM

nice box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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