|Project by Boxguy||posted 05-03-2012 08:52 AM||2361 views||8 times favorited||26 comments|
A gallery invited me to join other artists in a thematic show. The theme was this: Landscapes. Now if you are “The Box Guy” at a gallery who doesn’t do intarsia or stain wood, creating a landscape is a real challenge. I stewed about this for weeks, but when I looked at this newly sliced piece of maple burl I knew I had an answer. I entered this box as a landscape and called it “Google Earth.”
This top is just like Nature made it. I have not touched it up in any way. It came from a spalted burl growing on the side of a 200-year-old maple tree. The maple tree had died and a farmer who lives nearby was cutting it down for firewood. I asked if I could have the bump on the log. “Sure,” he said, “but it’s mighty poor firewood.” I put the burl in my truck, gave it a few years to dry out, sliced it with a band saw, sanded it on a drum sander, then final sanded it once it was more stabilized with soaked-in poly.
Everything here was recycled. The top is made from “bad firewood,” a spalted maple burl. The sides are African Mahogany from some crating. The corner splines are ebony from an old piece of furniture.
I judge my work a success if someone is willing to plunk down hard-earned money to buy it. This box sold the first day of the opening, and I had fun crafting it. If you’re “The Box Guy,” competing with more traditional artists for sales, it doesn’t get much better than that.
As always, thanks for looking and a bigger thanks for taking time to add comments and suggestions.
-- Big Al in IN