|Project by jjw5858||posted 01-06-2012 02:43 AM||1093 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Hey gang hope all is well out there, this is another project from a while back that I just made a box for!
About a year ago we had some old Junpier from a rotted tree…..so I saved some and gave it a go at making my Beautiful girlfriend a pair of Leaf Earrings. (I am the luckiest guy in the world to have such a wonderful soul that inspires my creativity and let’s me be me.)
Now then…..of course….I had never made earrings before….but if you follow my work….you know by now, I like to try just about anything with some handtools and good wood.
I think this approach of trying out things really forces you to learn new ways of understanding the wood and it’s many characteristics.
So I set about the task…and then chipped carved my leaf design..and she loved them!
Well….even so….one project took on another (I am sure everybody knows that routine..lol) and so I finally decided to render these earrings to the earring hoop clips and create a box for them.
I used some poplar stock, my pfiel #8 chisel..and began scooping away until I got my clearance corrected to hold them in.
Next I cut out the lid and glued on a piece of maple underneath to hold the lid from skating off the top.
Now this little box….funny how things play out…...looks like…wham….done….no big deal…..but…........
being that I am a all handtools guy…this took some real handwork indeed… it was a challenge and hard to shape but i am very happy with the output. I wanted to create an earthy almost rustic look…nothing too curved….so I restrained and stayed away from that..and this less is more approach I believe gives the earrings their proper stage to be seen in.
Well I hope some of you enjoyed this one, I can say that my time spent using handtools really is a test and a learning, not just of hammer and nails, planes or chisels, it provides the chance to see what you have….deep down….what can you achieve, and what you really hunger to still want to go back out there and try at it again.
I hear wood like I never had….see it in a new way, smell it too. It took about a year…lol…...but you really do begin to comunicate with the media…and I feel as long as you respect it you and the tools can work many great things with the wood….you just have to work…...WITH the wood and listen!
Be well friends!...Thanks for all of the inspiration and comments…they are all greatly appreciated.
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB