I've been busy Boxing it up this week

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Project by longgone posted 09-11-2011 10:43 PM 2695 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been a buisy week as always but it seemed to be a productive one. Some weeks, some days it seems that I get more accomplished than others…and I wish i could duplicate those times. One thing for sure is that the Arbortech mini carver I recently bought seems to be a timesaver.

These are three boxes I completed(well, I say completed…but I still have to finish the removable trays…but that is the easy part) for some shows I have coming up during October, November and December. The designs are similar…but that is OK because they seem to sell well…I just use different woods and vary the designs a wee bit.
The first is Maple and Bubbabinga…the second is Leopardwood and Purpleheart and the third is Maple and Bloodwood.

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 10:47 PM

Hi, Greg – I’m first to post for once. On the site, and your box just sort of … popped up in front of me!

Really nice – you really have got this sculptural thing together. I can imagine you standing back waggling your thumb at it, artist style, trying to decide where to remove just that last little bit. I guess you make all the right decisions. Do you live on a beach?

Lovely work – and good photos, too.

Andrew C.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 10:57 PM

Andrew, Thanks! Unfortunately I do not live on a beach…the closest I have to a beach is the drainage ditch about 100 feet from my barn…but it will have to do. But I do practically live in my shop when I get on a roll.

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#3 posted 09-11-2011 11:04 PM

Hey Greg, Once again your boxes look amazing. Have you ever thought of doing a how to blog on how you carve these? I would really be interested in seeing that. I havebeen thinking of getting a power carver to play with. I have never done much hand carving except I got into it a little in high school. Do you need a good background in carving to use the power carvers? Thanks for posting.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 11:25 PM

Bubbabinga”....I figured you must live in the South, instead of on a beach : ) LOL
Another few awesome box carvings…they’re all wonderful, Greg !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 11:31 PM

I love the shapes, it’s beauty!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#6 posted 09-11-2011 11:50 PM

As always, Greg. all three are beautiful. I am SURE they’d sell very well. If the boxes don’t, they have no taste!

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

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#7 posted 09-11-2011 11:56 PM

greg you just seem to get better and better all the time, the types of wood your using sure do your designs proud, i really love the leopard wood, it really stands out, keep at it, they look like there fun to make, would love to be able to watch you do one of these…i think the one thing i would have to get over is the grinding away of such beautiful wood…but its the name of the game…love these…love your work…..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 09-11-2011 11:59 PM

More wonderful boxes from Greg. They are fabulous and no wonder they sell.
Good luck with the shows, I’m sure you’ll clean up…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#9 posted 09-12-2011 12:06 AM


A little different? With the feet it’s close to furniture? Did I miss something or are two of the pictured boxes the same? How are your techniues changing with your new tools?

Oh yeah, excellent work, but I think you already knew that? lol

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 09-12-2011 01:45 AM

You’re just plain good Greg.

Another exercise in balance, fluid lines and great color and grain choices.
Just nothing not to like here.

Great work again.

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

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#11 posted 09-12-2011 01:47 AM

Michale1, I really don’t have any background in carving. I just bought the Arbortech and started playing around with it. It is a fairly new tool for me cause I have been using an angle grinder and a orbital sander and hand sanding. The Arbortech is a good addition since it hogs out alot of wood without as much dust as the grinder…but a whole lot of sanding is necessary to remove the grinding makes..

Dusty56…Bubbabinga is cajun Bubinga

DocSavage45…The 2 maple boxes are can see this if you look close at the details. The new arbortech mini grinder is a time saver cause it hogs out alot of wood quickly with less dust before the sanding starts. Got to be real careful with it or it will grind out too much in the blink of an eye.

Paul…I like working with curves and flowing lines and this makes it fun. I spent about 18 years doing custom interiors and renovations on old wooden motor yachts and sailboats…not nearly anything as impressive as your boat building.. but enough to influence my woodworking style.

Grizzman…it ain’y nothing but fun and the shows provide a descent marketing tool

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#12 posted 09-12-2011 01:56 AM

It’s been said, but these are great. I especially like the second one. Like Paul said, the blend of texture and grain show some serious talent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-12-2011 02:05 AM

Ditto to all the above. Very nice work

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#14 posted 09-12-2011 02:18 AM

Greg, all I can manage to say is “Damn you are good!” Your boxes are amazing. One of these days when I go to Baton Rouge to visit my Son I’d like to shake your hand. I’m a fan of your work.

Geaux LSU and Saints!!!!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 09-12-2011 03:52 AM

More beautiful boxes as we have come to expect from you. I especially like number 2. I second the motion for a video of you sculpting one of these.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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