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The solid ring is Cherry I did on the lathe then built the frame work and drawers out of maple and used maple burl for the drawer fronts. The handles are Ebony.
The title describes my feelings when after busting my butt to get this as close to flawless as anything I had ever done, I entered it in a jewelry box competition and didn’t even place in the top three. I was really excited about this one too. Oh well, I will get ‘em next time! My first post, Zathura is in the “Super Bowl” contest right now and the winner will be announced on Super Bowl Sunday. It would be nice to win the Super Bowl on the same day my Packers do! :)

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#1 posted 838 days ago

That thing is so beautiful … that it boggles the mind to think of what DID take 1st through 3rd place !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 838 days ago

Very artistic and beautiful, looks like perfection to me

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 838 days ago

To tell you the truth, it doesn’t quite look like a jewelry box.

That being said, if this were entered in an “Art Box” contest it should place VERY high!

Nothing’s perfect, but this challenges that saying – great job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 838 days ago

Very beautiful design. Looks excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 838 days ago

really good design! beautyful!

-- -Thomas -

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#6 posted 838 days ago

EyeOfTheJen – your box is beautiful! I just love the design & the quality of its execution looks spot-on. As Neil says, one wonders what it took to beat you. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#7 posted 838 days ago

Well it is a winner in my eye’s. Well made and the woods contrast very well

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#8 posted 838 days ago

Thank you everyone. THe winner of the contest was an outstanding design.The Execution….well… Mom always told me if you can’t say anything nice….. seriously though it was an awesome design. :)

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#9 posted 838 days ago

Great creative design and excellent execution on this Jen. If I had to guess I’d say it likely lost points on utility. It is certainly a knockout in innovation, eye appeal and quality. I like the way you challenge yourself with high degree of difficulty projects. (One of my mottos is “Think there must be a harder way”.)
You will succeed. Just a matter of how soon.

Lovely project. Thanks.

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

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#10 posted 838 days ago

Great design work, the woodgrains are beautiful and the craftsmanship is superb. Very well done. I predict you’ll have a great client base presenting such work as this; regardless of whatever contest judges opine.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 838 days ago

Very nice Jen, a lot going on with this visually and I love the design.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 838 days ago

I think it looks flawless. Thanks for sharing.

-- Have a great day.

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#13 posted 838 days ago

beautiful project; I’ve found through my experience entering photography contests that more often than not it is something obscure that wins rather than the “best”. So try not to be too disheartened, your woodworking is stunning, whether you win or not.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#14 posted 838 days ago

Excellent piece of work. Love the creativity in this design. You should enter it again in another contest. It is worthy of it.. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#15 posted 838 days ago

Incredible. A beautiful piece of art, love the combinations of wood and the crasftsmanship is wonderful. the judges were clearly witches – burn them!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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