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Project by Colin posted 08-19-2011 07:51 PM 2449 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the inspiration for this project from a fantastic box called My Nightmares and Dreams posted on the following web site by Triumph1

Having asked permission to produce my own version I decided to feature my box on a Scottish King from a long long time ago, Robert de Bruce: . A great fable whether true or not!

The shortened version of the story is that the defeated Robert, whilst in hiding in a cave, watched a spider try and try again to spin a web. Watching the spider never ever giving up gave him the encouragement to once again attempt to defeat the ” Auld Enemy” the “English” Which he did!

The legs are made with the top cradle material being walnut joined onto Buffallo horn legs. I dowelled the two together using cocktail sticks and epoxy resin.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 08:27 PM

Hello Colin

A beautiful piece

A fanstastic work and a very good idea with a lot of humor

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 08-19-2011 08:30 PM

very cool

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#3 posted 08-19-2011 09:09 PM

That rocks! how did you make the lettters and web? thanks1

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#4 posted 08-19-2011 09:35 PM


-- Gintaras,

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#5 posted 08-19-2011 09:43 PM

That’s a cool box, great work!

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 10:46 PM

Great story, great box, and I remember the original post… you have done it proud…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 08-19-2011 11:47 PM

Great job Colin, my Dad was an old scotsman, I remember this quote very well.
BTW Not too many 4 legged spiders about these days though :: ))))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 11:54 PM

Excellent looking box and a really nice build. Where did you get the buffalo horns to make the leg bottoms? I don’t see many around my area. they almost look like ebony.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#9 posted 08-20-2011 12:55 AM

Unique and interesting box!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#10 posted 08-20-2011 01:06 AM

So creepy yet SOO very beautiful!!!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#11 posted 08-20-2011 03:12 AM

Very Cool Looking Box, Skill sets galore on this one all done with perfection, this sequel is worth the admission, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 08-20-2011 05:43 AM

Bravo!!!! Your work is Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

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#13 posted 08-20-2011 10:03 AM

Thanks for all your kind comments, this box always generates lots of discussions!

B13 The letters were traced from a Gothic alphabet sheet and copied onto the wood with carbon paper, the web I drew freehand. I then chip carve the lines before adding a gel stain to give the definition.

Greg Yes the legs look like Ebony which is what I wanted, however apart from the finial on the top and the drawer handles I didn’t have enough Ebony. You need to source a local stick or shepherd crook making club, they will have lots of different horns that you can use. Horn is a great material to use, easy to shape and finish.


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#14 posted 08-20-2011 01:58 PM

This looks wonderful and is very well done. It’s an unusual piece and you showed a lot of creativity and imagination. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 08-20-2011 06:10 PM

Aw Man! You beat me to it. This looks Awesome! I have a similar project in the works

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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