|Project by Boxguy||posted 04-26-2012 05:45 AM||1708 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
Story: Have you ever tried doing a woodburning drawing? You plug in this sort of bulky pen and the tip heats up a couple of hundred degrees then you use the tip to burn the surface of the wood and turn it dark. I bought one thinking I would use it to sign my name on the bottom of boxes. I couldn’t even write my name and Nancy was doing images of the sun moon and incredibly detailed dragon flies! We thought we could make some marketable boxes by working together and we did. They are good sellers. For her it was a lark to do something besides her paintings for a change. For me it was a chance to work with an amazing artist. I included some of her work in a posting about working with others to make boxes, but having improved a little at using the LJ format I wanted to feature Nancy’s woodburning work specifically and in more detail.
Wood: The Sun and Moon box has a White Oak top and splines the tray is White Oak with walnut splines. The American Walnut sides came from a tree near my shop that was blown down by the tailwinds of Hurricane Ike. The dragonfly surrounded by plant panels tea box was made from the same combination of woods. The last box has a dragon fly design too, but it has a maple top with Black Cherry sides and walnut splines.
Techniques: The tea box features two ideas. There is a “chain pocket” on the left side that lets the chain fall into this walled off section so it doesn’t get tangled with the teabags as it closes. There is a removable sweetening caddy on the front left side. It came from a local restaurant supply store. The dividers for the tea compartments are made from a recycled wooden Venetian blind. They are half-lapped from the sides and glued into one removable unit.
Critique: Nancy took advantage of both sides of the top and did an image on each side. (One right side up…the other up side down) It adds to the look of the box. She found the maple a little easier to work with since it has less grain and was a bit softer. The walnut frames the burning coloration well. With the rounded corners the matched grain seems to wrap around the corners. Rounded corners also take a lot of daily wear and use without denting or chipping.
As always, thanks for looking and I especially appreciate those of you who take the time to comment and suggest improvements.
-- Big Al in IN