Sinker Cypress Box

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Project by longgone posted 06-23-2012 10:37 PM 2442 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My last show at the Jazzfest seems to be bringing in some nice commissions. Here is one of the Sinker Cypress boxes I recently completed. This cypress is really a beautiful piece of wood and the photos do not do it justice.
The finish is 7 coats of lacquer and the bottom is lined with mystery reptile skin.
I have four more cypress boxes in the works and a Rosewood box in the final stagesd of completion. It has been some looong days and evenings and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 11:04 PM

Greg, this is an OUTSTANDING box in every regard. You’ve been a terrific inspiration to me, and I look forward to your project posts. I really like the grain of that cypress and especially your shaping. Very artistic!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 11:33 PM

Way cool. That is an awesome box!!!!!!!!!!..................Jim

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

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 11:54 PM

congratulations! Keep up the great work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-24-2012 12:11 AM

Super slick, as always Greg. Is that aligator hide in there, or what? thnx. nevermind, I went back up and finished readin LOL

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

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#5 posted 06-24-2012 12:29 AM

Another full blown winner VERY nice.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-24-2012 12:29 AM

What a masterful job. Your work stretches the limits of imagination as to what a box can be and can become. On your next post please share what all four sides look like so we can better appreciate your art. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Looking forward to the next installment of your work.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 06-24-2012 12:55 AM

I have not made a box yet but you got me thing of try one lol will have to see if I can make one out of pallet and have it look good I know mine will never look as good as your but I got to try some day just for fun .
Nice work

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#8 posted 06-24-2012 01:03 AM

I imagine one of these about blanket chest size. My cats would be uncomfortable sitting on it. LOL I remember working with cyprus in Arkansas. Made a deck out of it. Had to use a sledge hamer to drive nails through it. Hard on your cutters?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-24-2012 01:05 AM

I really love this one! I didn’t know cypress could look that good. Is the sinker cypress harder than non-sinker? The gator hide really goes well with the sinker cypress. Great job (but I expect no less from you). I saw some sinker cypress the last time I went to Woodcraft in Tulsa but they were way too proud of it for me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 06-24-2012 02:06 AM

I am very happy for you that the show has gone so well. This is another beauty.
I have worked with pecky cypress but not the sinker cypress. It is pretty.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 06-24-2012 02:15 AM

Masterpiece !

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

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#12 posted 06-24-2012 04:19 AM

That a wild lookin’ box nice color and finish..

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 06-24-2012 04:27 AM

Grandaddy1…Thanks…I am flattered that I can inspire someone by just having so much fun creating.

I really appreciate the great feedback everyone…Thanks..
Thomas…The Cypress is not a hard wood…in fact it is fairly soft. Its main property is being so extemely rot and insect resistant. It grows alot in the swamps and Bayou regions and frequently with the tree base in water.

Andy…The sinker cypress is harder than the new growth cypress..I think primarily because it has been underwater for over 100 years and and the resins have hardened. the boards I have came from a log that was submerged in Lake Pontchartrain. The boards were air dried for around 3 years before I got them.

Joey…I like the pecky cypress alot. I am supposed to get a bunch sometime soon and i plan on building a new display for my boxes with it. I thought of using some once before for some sculpting but I felt it had too much pecky in it that would not go well with sculpting.

Boxguy…I will show some side photos when I take more pictures…

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#14 posted 06-24-2012 06:06 AM

Yet another work of art!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 06-24-2012 11:36 AM

This might be your best box yet! The cypress and the reptile came from the swamp. They go together beautifully. A “swamp box”!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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