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Project by Ellen posted 03-25-2006 03:23 PM 9034 views 14 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love to create sculptures that are also boxes or other functional works of art. I start with drawings and start with cutting the basic shape out with the band saw. I then start working with a very rough tool on an angle grinder to refine the shape. From there I work through all layers of sandpaper. I start with 60 grit and go all the way to 4000 grit, for a silky satin finish that you don’t want to put down. My favorite finish is tung oil.

This sculpted box is 8.5×8 x 8 inches. It is made of Cherry, Bubinga and burled maple. It is lined with swede leather. I try to make my sculptures from wood, so that people look at it and say, “how did you do that?”

One of my goals is to exhibit in a art gallery.

I work with most power tools and a lathe.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 04-06-2006 04:20 AM

My favorite of the posted projects

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#2 posted 05-23-2006 01:54 PM

Wow! Am I impressed! If I knew how to rate a project, this one would be at the top.

Go Ellen!

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#3 posted 05-23-2006 01:55 PM

You’re giving me this one for Christmas, right Ellen? :-)

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#4 posted 05-24-2006 03:38 AM

Stephen, thanks so much for the comments. Here is to an early Merry Christmas for both of us! This one took a lot of time and I am really proud of it. Now if I could just sell it!

-- Ellen --

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#5 posted 05-25-2006 02:21 PM

Just beautiful! Excellent design, incorporating the interesting features of the wood.

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#6 posted 05-25-2006 08:30 PM

Ellen . . .
I don’t know if Memphis area qualifies, but there is the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Work of your quality is for sale in their gift shop.

I’m not good enough to get voted in as a mewmber, but you are!

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#7 posted 05-25-2006 11:32 PM

I really appreciate all and any feedback. Thanks

-- Ellen --

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#8 posted 06-05-2006 07:59 AM

Ellen, this is absolutely innovative and stunning!!! Your work should be on a world tour not just in galleries. :)

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#9 posted 08-19-2006 07:57 PM

Excellent creativity in design. A wonderful shift from the usual to the extraordinary. Great submission. Thanks!!

-- DaneA

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#10 posted 08-28-2006 11:37 PM

Beautiful. when I first looked at it I thought, how could you do that on a lathe ?

It must have taken a lot of grinding.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 01-01-2007 03:35 PM

absolutely stunning design and concept. WOW

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#12 posted 04-12-2007 03:05 PM

Wondering through the archives on LJ I find a most beautiful piece of art in wood. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 04-12-2007 04:29 PM

stunning is a good word.
Unbelievable design

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 08-01-2007 01:46 AM

Beautiful box, nice job

-- Pedro Rodrigues da Costa, Sintra, Portugal

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#15 posted 08-01-2007 06:09 AM

Jeeze these are great! I’m glad this one made it back around!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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