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Project by vipond33 posted 06-03-2012 03:31 AM 2413 views 11 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1948 my father proposed to my mother, with roses. They married, had six children and lived a long good life with fondness for each other till the end.

My mother was a careful saver of sentimental things. I have all the 900+ cards that they gave each other through the years and when we sorted out and went away with all the many other things they accumulated in that 63 year span I found a picture frame containing my mother’s drying and pressing of those flowers. They were quite faded and found to be as delicate as a butterfly’s wing. I built a dark and quiet display case in their memory.

To help bring back the colour and give them some protection I dusted them from a distance with shellac and then sprayed two coats. The colours are still only a faded approximation of what anything is while it’s alive. Imperfect memories are all we have of many things.

The construction of the box was done with walnut veneered industrial panels (pc), lipped with thin solid after pressing and mitering, over to the shooting board and then taped together. I wanted the least break in the wrapped pattern and the most light tight so I mitred the lid as well. Because of that choice a lid stay was impossible, and I’ve no real love of chains so an exterior elliptical stop came about.

As well, I thought long and hard about those mitred gaps on the back, but there seemed to be no way to do them honestly and I was past my only chance when I thought about it properly. So they live.

This is elm burl with various shades of similar grained mahogany trim. Split leather lines the interior and the underside of the top. The handles and feet were what I imagined to be evocative shapes from that era and were also drawn from those very real flowers.

Ordinary butt hinges, polished. Spray shellac (2), Tried and True with varnish (5), Goddard’s wax.

11 3/4” x 8 3/8” x 5 1/8”
About 36 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.

I recessed the bottom to allow for a photo vault and to hold written papers.


-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 03:38 AM

Wow! What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful marriage.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 03:41 AM

Tee-Totally Stunning! Wow! Holy Moly! Wow! That is gorgeous!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 03:42 AM

Exceptional craftsmanship!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 03:42 AM

Gene, that is amazingly beautiful! A wonderful tribute to your parents.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 03:50 AM

Gene, you do great projects. Simply beautiful and thoughtful too.

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 03:54 AM

Simply beautiful Gene, the careful material selection, that tapered fit lid to give the fabulous front apperance, the little under compartment, Wow what a package,
Tilt of the hat to you with this one Mate :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 06-03-2012 04:08 AM


WOW! What a box! It’s too bad your folks aren’t here to enjoy it, but it is a wonderful memory for your family.

The workmanship is superb and the wood grain is incredible. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 06-03-2012 04:27 AM

A box full of beautiful memories and a heart full of dreams…simply wonderful.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 06-03-2012 04:43 AM

Impeccable craftsmanship, exquisite bookmarking! This is over the top beautiful! You more than did your parents proud.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 06-03-2012 04:47 AM

Wonderful story wonderful box and outstanding wood. a Fantastic build.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-03-2012 04:49 AM


The elm burl is gorgeous and your use of it masterful. Of course this box is a stunner. I liked the story that goes with it almost more than the box and I really like the box.

I hope you will put a copy of what your wrote or something very like it in the “vault” at the bottom. If you do, use names rather than just relationships …”my father, John Jones.” Relationships get hard to follow when you are the next generation or two.

What fun to see and what fun to read. Thanks for sharing both your work and your story.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 06-03-2012 04:51 AM

A box full with memories of mum and dad’s love to proof that their love never end even after death.
Well done, Vipond. And thank you for your comment on my Identical goblet.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#13 posted 06-03-2012 05:23 AM

Tasteful, touching and impeccably crafted.
Very nice matching and use of materials.

Your projects always inspire.

Thanks Gene.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 06-03-2012 08:36 AM

Simply beautiful. Your work is without peer.

-- 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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#15 posted 06-03-2012 11:15 AM

Really a wonderful story and a spectacular box.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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