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Project by Boxguy posted 04-26-2012 05:45 AM 1629 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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TomTinkerSum

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 07:01 AM

Hi – very nice boxes – great choices in wood – love the design of the boxes and the
My husband picked up one of those fancy burnmasters – the kind that has 2 “pens” that plug in and a dial to control the temp. – is awesome! not only will she be able to burn hotter and faster – can control to be able to burn lighter – really allows for nice shading – it offers many other tips styles too…. could be a great gift idea for her – I know that I was very happy to receive mine… don’t forget to get the carry case for it – has lots of pockets and she may just start toting wood pieces around with her.
just google burnmaster – I have the Eagle and LOVE it. It also accomodate many different “pen” styles/brands.
http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/BURNMASTER-EAGLE-2-PORT/productinfo/499002/

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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TomTinkerSum

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 07:02 AM

somehow the part where I complimented Nancy’s nice work got deleted – shoots… Nice work Nancy.
keep burnin

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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stefang

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 12:23 PM

I love the boxes and the burning Al. Burning is a great hobby, but it takes someone with artistic talent to a good job with it. Just like drawing only harder! You and Nancy did some really nice team work there. My favorite was the Dragon fly on the second box, though they all look wonderful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 01:32 PM

That wood burning looks wonderful on that box. Nice work.

helluvawreck
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-- 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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Roger

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 01:46 PM

You are both incredible talented as artisans. Very gr8 as a pair

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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itsmic

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 02:25 PM

Nice set of Boxes, These are very pleasing to the eye, Traditional style with fine construction makes these all, keepers, Great job Nancy on the burning, I use one myself for dateing projects, but went to a burning iron for my mark because it was dificult for me to make it look clean, Your burning is very superiour, along with Big Al’s box making savay makes You guy a winning combo, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Bertha

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#7 posted 04-26-2012 03:15 PM

You’re both very talented!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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GenerationWW

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#8 posted 04-26-2012 06:29 PM

You two make a great team, keep up the good work!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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Joe Weaver

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#9 posted 04-26-2012 07:19 PM

great work

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 02:00 AM

oh yes, these are very good, i love that you both have pooled your talents and do very well in complimenting each others talents, i can very well see how these would be of big interest to buyers…i hope you all continue to do well, i also bought a two pen burning outfit, and it works great, but i have not applied myself well enough to try and include that in my box making…maybe someday…best of luck to you both..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 04-28-2012 09:33 PM

Keep the team together you complement each other. Great burning Nancy!

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#12 posted 05-01-2012 11:35 AM

Incredible and inspiring!

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