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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 894 days ago 3013 views 27 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All

This is the last of 3 boxes made for Aryma, this one took longer due to my current workload.
The vibrant marquetry is set into a grey ripple sycamore background with a birch ply core, The inside and tray is plain sycamore finished with several coats of excellose polish and lined in rich red pig suede. The exterior has been French polished and fitted with my nickel hardware.

The main challenge was to get alignment of the leaves and flowers that flow over onto the front, and of course the French polish is a challenge on its own.


-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#1 posted 894 days ago

Spectacular veneering and marquetry!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 894 days ago

I believe that’s the most beautiful box I’ve ever seen. You’ve done a remarkable job on this. Just stunningly beautiful. Needs to be in an art museum because it truly is a piece of art work. Man this thing is nice. Can you tell I like it? LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 894 days ago


What lovely work. This is a thing of beauty to behold. Thanks for sharing this work with us.


-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 894 days ago

Your clean design and immaculate execution produce another remarkable project. I’m always anxious to see your next posting, and never disappointed. Lovely piece.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 893 days ago

Exceptional work. Always superb.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 893 days ago

Beautiful workmanship ! The contrast with the red against grey works really well.

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#7 posted 893 days ago

Beautiful box! It’s one of the most spectacular I’ve seen. What did you do to get the beautiful silver color on your sycamore?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 893 days ago

Amazing, beautiful and really ‘Japanese’.
Love it.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 893 days ago

beautiful Ian!!!

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#10 posted 893 days ago

Wow very beautiful.
I like the color

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#11 posted 893 days ago


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#12 posted 893 days ago

This is some incredible work

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#13 posted 893 days ago

totally stunning box a true delight to view. the colors are striking & “just right”

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#14 posted 893 days ago

Ian, you stated “The exterior has been French polished and fitted with my nickel hardware”.
Do you sell box hardware and if so can you send me a link to look at what you may be offering?
Also great job on the box I like the choice of the wood and color combinations….

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#15 posted 893 days ago

Handsome it is.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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