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Project by mauibob posted 10-30-2011 03:00 PM 2933 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Santa will be busy this year – this is his first installment! Here’s a small (5 1/2×8 1/2×3 5/8) marquetry box featuring a top panel with a marquetry interpretation of Katsushita Hokusai’s (1760-1849) “Inume Pass in the Kai Province” from his series “36 Views of Mount Fuji”. I used a smaller variant of this image as a side panel in my “Tribute to Hokusai” box from a few weeks ago.

The box itself is made of cherry with ebony splines, and contains a friction fit tray having 6 compartments lined with Japanese washi paper.

The marquetry image is made from big leaf quilted maple, holly, Hawaiian koa, Chechen rosewood, Macassar ebony and mahogany woods, and crushed stone inlays (magnesite, malachite, azurite and turquoise).

As with my other pieces, I used double bevel cutting techniques to produce the design with 3/32” shop sawn veneers. The top insert was a sandwich of marquetry, baltic birch ply and quilted maple veneer.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD





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mafe

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 03:22 PM

Katsushita Hokusai would be proud.
That is truely beautiful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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shipwright

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#2 posted 10-30-2011 04:11 PM

Just so nice Bob, enough said.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 10-30-2011 04:35 PM

Bob,
Love your work. Your marquetry captures the feel and spirit of Hokusai really well. The box itself is no slouch either.
Roger

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

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Eric in Central Florida.

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 04:41 PM

That is way beyond my capability Bob, but it gives me something to strive for.
All your stuff is top notch.
Thanks.

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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John Everett

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#5 posted 10-30-2011 04:53 PM

Great job, Bob. Put me down for the first slot when you decide to start giving classes.

-- "Well done is better than well said."

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Woodenwizard

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 09:39 PM

Outstanding! I am working on my first box with marquetry. Hope it turns out half as good as yours.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 10-30-2011 10:28 PM

Amazing work ,great workmanship.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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B13

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#8 posted 10-30-2011 10:39 PM

Another masterpiece Bob

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 10-30-2011 11:48 PM

In your own inimitable style, another masterpiece.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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larryw

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#10 posted 10-31-2011 04:39 AM

beautiful Bob, I like the crushed stone inlays, and Your veneer choices were perfect.

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

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lanwater

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#11 posted 10-31-2011 04:46 AM

Ver nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#12 posted 10-31-2011 05:04 AM

Nicely done Bob…you really bring Hokusai to life! A box that will be cherished for generations to come.

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

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s_grifter

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#13 posted 10-31-2011 03:22 PM

Great work

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BenR

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#14 posted 11-01-2011 06:42 PM

The lid is outstanding, so when I clicked on the pics of the interior, I expected it to be rather plain. But…, what a nice suprise. The quilted maple and the japanese paper balanced out the lid without competing. Outstanding box (again).

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itsmic

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#15 posted 11-03-2011 01:03 AM

Very Nice Box, Your craftsmanship is superb with real style and taste, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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