Grey Fuchsia

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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 03-12-2012 08:32 AM 3648 views 27 times favorited 49 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.


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#1 posted 03-12-2012 08:53 AM

Spectacular veneering and marquetry!

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

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 09:49 AM

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 03-12-2012 10:11 AM


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 03-12-2012 10:15 AM

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 03-12-2012 10:33 AM

Exceptional work. Always superb.

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

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 11:11 AM

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

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 11:34 AM

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 03-12-2012 11:37 AM

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

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

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 11:46 AM

beautiful Ian!!!

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#10 posted 03-12-2012 11:48 AM

Wow very beautiful.
I like the color

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 12:03 PM


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#12 posted 03-12-2012 12:09 PM

This is some incredible work

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

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#13 posted 03-12-2012 12:10 PM

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

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#14 posted 03-12-2012 12:23 PM

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 03-12-2012 12:36 PM

Handsome it is.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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