Butterfly box

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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 1007 days ago 2320 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All

This was a specially made small batch of five boxes, commissioned by the Designyard in Dublin, for one of their clients. They liked our Oak Furnace trinket boxes that are on display at the gallery, and wanted to incorporate a butterfly theme, so what could be more fitting for butterfly wings than a bookmatch in Oak Burr. Each lid is bordered using rich brown American Walnut and the inside lid is lined with black lamb nappa.

The boxes are finished throughout with several coats of blonde shellac prior to waxing.

I will post some info on how to achieve the best book match possible soon!



-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#1 posted 1007 days ago

Superb as usual Ian. The matches are perfect and the Walnut sets them off beautifully.

I’d like to rave on but these boxes speak eloquently for themselves.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 1007 days ago

Great looking box’s. Love the colors and finish, The front is very intersting.

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

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#3 posted 1007 days ago

Very appealing design : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#4 posted 1007 days ago

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 1007 days ago

Your design skills jump to the forefront once again. Elegant little creations. Wonderful combination of uncluttered and superbly detailed. The front inlay/applique seems perfect. Hints at something almost oriental (as with some Japanese cabinet hardware) yet also your preferred Deco detailing. Really nice. If I saw this box on the other side of the world, I would recognize it as an Ian Hawthorne box.

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

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#6 posted 1006 days ago

Absolutely wonderful, the walnut border is a stunner combined with that burl. The shellac & wax finish is so sweet too!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#7 posted 1006 days ago

Extremely handsome.
And very well balanced design.
I love them.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 1006 days ago

Beautiful work Ian! In loving the simplistic beauty of these. Very well done….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 1006 days ago

Outstanding work, as always.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 1006 days ago

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful box!!!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 1006 days ago

Nice box. Gorgeous lid!!!!!They way they are multiplying, you might want to call them rabbit boxes!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#12 posted 1006 days ago

Your book matched wings are just perrrrrfect and so’re all your previous boxes ! ! ! ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Ian Hawthorne

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#13 posted 1006 days ago

Many thanks guys – I just got word from the gallery that the customer was over the moon with them :)



-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#14 posted 1006 days ago

More beautiful stellar work Ian. I love it

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#15 posted 1005 days ago

Excellent work and some beautiful tops there. I bet they’re squabbling over who gets which one.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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