Discovery Cove Boxes

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Project by JoeyG posted 12-16-2011 05:38 AM 2089 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and oldest daughter went to Discovery Cove in Orlando Fl. to swim with the dolphins in the beginning of November. This is the time of our family holiday, which we have named New Life Day. Normally we all go together, but because of reasons beyond our control, only the two of them could go this year. It was still a important time for our entire family. Mainly the two of them getting to share this incredible, healing experience together. Last year we all went to Myrtle Beach which is where the shells on the handles came from and next year we will find a place we can all go. But this year….... This year was for Mother and Daughter and a moment that will never come again.

I made these boxes to honor that moment. To give them something they can always treasure, and always look at to take them back, if only for a moment, to swim with the dolphins.

I made a blog of the journey these boxes took through my shop. You may read it here From the moment I saw the boards at the lumberyard, I knew they were destined to become something special. I think I have achieved what I set out to do.

Out of all the things I have built in my life, I have never put my heart and soul into anything as much as I did with these boxes. They represent the love between mother and daughter, and the love I have for them both.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 06:22 AM


They turned out great! I expected that from the first blog.

You did really good with the dolphins riding the grain waves on the wood.
The shell on the handle complement the theme nicely.

I think they would love those boxes.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 06:27 AM

They look great, the wood grain and dolphins are a nice match.

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 01:17 PM

Thank you. I think it was really cool to blog as I went. It made me think about what I had to do next and keep everything somewhat in order. I plan to do more.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 05:33 PM

Really nice work,

Thanks for sharing


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#5 posted 12-17-2011 02:57 AM

I love these…they are terrific! They are going to love them.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 03:54 AM

Thanks Bart. I will have pictures up on facebook Christmas morning.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#7 posted 12-17-2011 04:54 AM

A great project with a great story. I followed the blog and appreciated your taking the time to blog this so we could all follow the build and learn something. I need to try this type of inlay as it really made these special.

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

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#8 posted 12-17-2011 05:11 AM

Thanks gfadvm, I am glad you enjoyed the blog. It was a challenge. I plan to do more. I like sharing the process and I learn a lot from the comments and questions. I hope you will join me on the next journey. I think it will be sculpting with a right angle grinder. I am not quite sure how I will photograph it but I will figure it out. I highly recommend the epoxy inlay. I know it’s not for everyone, but I love it. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 12-17-2011 05:46 AM

Great job on the boxes Joey. Everything about them fits with the theme you were going for. The dolphin look like they are jumping out of the ocean waves created by the grain of the wood. Making them a matched pair was a great idea. The love you put into them is obviously shining through, and I’m sure these will become treasured family heirlooms.

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

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#10 posted 12-17-2011 06:01 AM

Thank you Mathew. Did you see the blog I did through out the building process? It was start to finish and a lot of fun to do.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 12-17-2011 06:09 AM

I mentioned it at some point in the blog, but I don’t think I did here. The dolphin inlay is the Discovery Cove Logo. It is not one of my designs. I did nothing to it but trace it. I did flip it on the left and box to achieve the mirrored look for the two boxes that I was going for.

Sorry for getting this out so late in the post. I was so excited to share the boxes and their story it slipped my mind. I think it is important and here it is.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#12 posted 01-04-2012 12:08 AM

That is a fantastic piece of Ambrosia Maple. I just love that stuff. Wood Mag had a article on My fantastic wood find. I sent in my best find and They selected it to send in an email to the Wood Magazines email list.

I’ve got the story posted here somewhere on LJ’s

The project has a great story. That’s what also makes it memorable.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 01:58 PM

Hi Joey. Gorgeous boxes and a great reminder of your trip. I loved the dolphin inlays and the seashell on the handle was also a great detail, and a view of your project page showed a lot of equally fine work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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