|Project by KnickKnack||posted 08-11-2011 03:49 PM||1697 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Once upon a time (well, strictly speaking, it was 2000), in a land far, far away (Northern Kenya, specifically here) we were driving down the “Trans-African Highway” – shown as the “A2” on that map, which seems to imply there is a road – there simply is no road – when we came around the corner and the road was no longer there…
The corrugations on the road meant that we had to be traveling at high speed, and it’s very very difficult to steer.
We crashed, badly – our lovely Landrover Defender, Zebedee, took the brunt of it and sacrificed himself, rotating by 180 degrees thus ending up backwards in the hole that you see…
It took us 3 months to get together the paperwork necessary to leave the country.
Now what, I hear you ask, has all this got to do with this box?
We were traveling with a Dutch couple we’d met after a particularly horrific attack (where Zebedee protected us from stones, axes and spears) we’d suffered a month or so earlier in Ethiopia. There is no law up in this part of Kenya and had they not been with us we’d almost certainly have been killed by the bandits that rule this region.
Once every few years we get together – either in Holland, wherever we happen to be living, or somewhere else – and in a few weeks they’re coming to visit us here in Portugal.
I wanted to make a very very special box – it was to be small (since they’re flying here), elegant and beautiful and really well made – and this is the result. I think it’s fairly elegant, pretty well made, but it isn’t what you’d call “small”.
This was not the original design – but when I was resawing the lovely piece of eucalyptus I rescued from a friend’s bonfire a while ago I was going to bookmatch for a “wrap around” two things happened. Firstly the wood shattered towards the end. Secondly the inside surfaces were actually pretty boring. They matched, sure, but there was no “wow” factor.
Having only a smaller, single piece to play with I did a redesign around that single piece of amazing wood – the pictures don’t do justice to the depth of the pattern, but it’s the best I seem to be able to take.
All the pieces before assembly…
The other woods here are ash and beech. I’d hoped the beech would just go a touch darker than it did with the finish, but c’est la vie. “Aluminium dowel type” hinges for the flipping top. It’s 28cmx15cmx11cm (11”x6”x4”).
Finished with many coats of tung oil.
I may take off the high gloss – I haven’t decided yet.
As ever, all comments, positive and negative, most welcome.
-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."