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Project by JoeyG posted 826 days ago 3346 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this at the lumberyard and liked it. It was both a joy and a nightmare to work with. The wood is very dense and dulled the knives on my planer and jointer. Once it was together it was fun to sculpt and sanded like a dream.
As you can see the wood is two toned. I don’t think it’s sap wood, it’s almost like two completely different woods. While the darker wood is typical of many rosewoods with it’s rich color and smooth finish, the yellow wood reminds me of bamboo for some reason.

I think I will pick up some more of this my next trip to the lumberyard. I think I will have them surface it though. LOL.

They handle and miter keys are made from curly maple and padauk.
Thanks for taking a look.
Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks





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degoose

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#1 posted 826 days ago

Very exotic…

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 826 days ago

That is a really cool looking box Joey. Looks like you are having more fun with your sculpting. I have Never seen wamara wood before. It is really unique and sure has a pretty grain. Finding really different wood types is one of the fun things about woodworking…like finding natures hidden treasures.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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lew

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#3 posted 826 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous contrasting colors! Beautiful!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Tokolosi

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#4 posted 826 days ago

Stunning!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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Granddaddy1

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#5 posted 826 days ago

I impressed! Both with the wood and your craftsmanship. Fine job Joey!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 826 days ago

Joey, that is absolutely beautiful. Not only the sculpting but the wood speaks for itself.

I would definitely get more of that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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JoeyG

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#7 posted 826 days ago

Thanks everyone.

@Greg, I try to get a wood I have never worked with every time I go to the lumberyard.

There are so many subtle colors in this wood that I couldn’t capture it in a photograph. I recommend it highly.

I bought the at Steve Wall Lumber. I got it a couple of months ago, so I am not sure that they still have any, but I will be looking the next time I visit them.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Martyroc

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#8 posted 826 days ago

beautifully sculpted box Joey, great lumberyard find too.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 826 days ago

That is one beautiful box!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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JoeyG

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#10 posted 826 days ago

I have one short piece of this left. I also have a Wenge box that needs a lid. I feel the light bulb beginning to flicker. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Cozmo35

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#11 posted 826 days ago

You could get a pretty penny for this!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 826 days ago

That is beautiful! You chose a perfect form for the wood and blended it well with the maple! Brilliant!

Very Respectfully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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JoeyG

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#13 posted 826 days ago

Thanks Nate. My wife says the maple handle looks like lips. LOL.. I started to call this one hot lips but I didn’t want to distract from the Wamara.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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JoeyG

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#14 posted 826 days ago

@ Cozmo, I doubt I am asking enough but I think it’s priced right for the small art show I am in the beginning of next month. I guess I will find out if it sells fast. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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jaykaypur

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#15 posted 826 days ago

Exceptionally done!

Beautiful woods and a very nice job!

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

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