A Tribute to Hokusai

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As I’ve said before, I am a Hokusai nut. I absolutely love those 18th century woodblock prints from the great master Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) showing the force of nature and the beauty of Mt. Fuji.

Here is a jewelry box which encompasses 4 of Hokusai’s masterpieces, created in marquetry. The inside is fitted with 2 sliding trays lined with Japanese washi paper.

The four panels include:

Top Lid—“The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, from the series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”
Front Panel—“Fuji Seen from the Sea” from the series “100 Views of Mt. Fuji”
Left Panel—“Inume Pass in the Kai Province” from the series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”
Right Panel—“Umegawa in Sagami Province” from the series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”

Here’s a list of the woods and materials that I used for this box: big leaf quilted maple, fiddleback mahogany, American holly, Chechen rosewood, Hawaiian koa, maple, buckeye burl, poplar, ebony, birch, spalted quilted maple, precious & semiprecious crushed stones (malachite, azurite & turquoise), acrylics and pyrography.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 1020 days ago

Oh Wow!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1020 days ago

Wow, is this beautiful! Your workmanship is just amazing! :)


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#3 posted 1020 days ago

Fantastic marquetry cutting Bob. Great selection of veneers and other media. I really like the splashes of blue, especially in the top to emphasize the wave. I have looked at Hokusai’s prints, and the are on my list of future works I would like to attempt.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#4 posted 1020 days ago

I’ve always enjoyed these images aswell.
These are simply as fantastic :)
I just called my wife over to take a look.

-- Anthony

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#5 posted 1020 days ago

Now that is a real beauty! Love the wood and the work as well as the inlay. What a great project!

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

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#6 posted 1020 days ago

WORK OF ART does not cover it enough. Astounding isn’t enuf either… Terrific job

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 1020 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, your work is fantastic, as is your choice of veneers.
Thank you for sharing, I enjoy looking at your work.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 1020 days ago

You are not only a Hokusai nut, you are a great artist in wood and make great tributes to this master carver.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 1020 days ago

That rocks! very nice! please! post a how to thanks.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 1020 days ago

I ‘ll throw another WoW in the mix and add an Excellent. It is obvious you have put alot of time and your heart into making this box.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#11 posted 1020 days ago

Absolutely amazing…............. this is just one of the most beautiful marquetry boxes that I have ever seen !
The detailed craftsmanship, the combination of woods and the added treat of other accent materials are superb!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece with us…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 1020 days ago

Really a great work…could you please tell us how many hours you put into it and what kind of finish if any you used…thanks.

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#13 posted 1020 days ago

Really nice Bob.
You have made absolutely perfect veneer and grain choices and your cutting is of course first class.
I’m a Hokusai fan too and have a couple of prints on my walls. You have created a fine tribute here and I thank you for sharing it with us and inspiring our future marquetry pursuits.

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

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#14 posted 1020 days ago

Museum quality. Keep the Hokusai work up. Beautifully composed.

-- Cristof

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#15 posted 1020 days ago

Holy Smokes that is AMAZING!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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