Chip Carved Desk Box

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-08-2012 06:56 AM 2325 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since we seem to be on a box theme lately … here’s a piece from the past one of my father’s solid walnut desk boxes. Chip carved from top to bottom … except the back.

These are unique, simple in the form of construction the time obviously goes into the carving. Haven’t seen very may of these out there. This has been featured in a few national magazines, I’ll have to dig up the articles one of these days and post them.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 07:05 AM

Awesome detail, very nice work.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 08:16 AM

That’s an amazing Box Eric congrats to the master.

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 02:57 PM

thanks for sharing your stick & this box..both are grand

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 03:02 PM

This box is absolute beautiful. Eric. Your father’s chip carving is wonderful.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 04:15 PM

i agree with others here, its a real beauty, i might try my hand at some of this, ive got a box in mind for myself, and i would like some of this there….....thank you for posting this, you have inspired us again eric…

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 04:33 PM

Very nice work.
The front panel reminds me somewhat of a stretcher carving that Peter Follansbee displayed in December.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 04:52 PM

How big a piece is this?

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 05:14 PM

How long did that take? Wish I had that much patiences.

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 11:04 PM

Your father did a great job .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#11 posted 01-09-2012 04:32 AM

great piece, thanks for the post

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 08:09 AM

I think there’s probably 40-50 hours in that box carving. That’s the issue with stuff like that … so much time goes in it’s hard to market them. VERY small demographic that buys them.

I’ve never really tried chip carving like that – too repetitive for me I don’t have the patience either. I stick w/ the more abstract wildlife stuff where I can form a rock where I want a rock and a tree where I want a tree.


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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