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Project by orionoriginals posted 06-03-2011 06:43 PM 1596 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a solid cedar box I made as a commission for a lady last year. She had a soapstone carving of Wasgo (a Northwest Coast First Nations legend – Google it if you want the complete story) and needed a stand to display it properly. I was recommended to her by my friend Herb Rice, a local Native carver for whom I make blank boxes for him to carve, as he is not the box-maker type! After discussions with her we settled on this design but to make it practical, it is also being used as a blanket box for some Hudson Bay blankets and Native blankets she has. The carving is quite large and this box measures 28” high x 25” wide and 18” deep. It is all 1” thick clear western red cedar. The kelp is line-carved and painted and there are real polished stones the kelp is attached to and various size abalone rounds to simulate bubbles rising to the surface.

Picture 2 – Sizing one of the 4 panels on the table saw.

Picture 3 – Carcass in the clamps – Gawd I hope I got them square!

Picture 4 – Yep, I did!

Picture 5 – Selecting the wood for the panels and trying to grain match as closely as possible – you just can’t get cedar that wide anymore so there was a lot of clamping to make large panels. As they were over large, I took them to a local custom door and moulding outfit and they ran them through their big sander for me to surface them prior to finishing.

-- Jamie

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 07:12 PM

Wow, that’s beautiful

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 08:14 PM

Very, nice. I like it. I’m sure your client was pleased.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 09:22 PM

Thanks. She loved it – had a heck of time fitting it in her car for the ride home though!

-- Jamie

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 06:50 PM

This is a very nice box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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