Another Louisiana Sinker Cypress Box

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Project by longgone posted 07-08-2012 04:54 AM 3229 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on a commission for a group of Louisiana Sinker Cypress Keepsake Boxes. This one is 11×7x4 and is finished with 7 coats of lacquer.

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 05:30 AM

how exactly do you carve this and sand this? seen a bunch of these but always wondered

-- Ben L

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 05:37 AM

Beautiful work Greg like all your work always is.

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 08:23 AM


Another of your masterpieces. Who wouldn’t love one of these? Thanks for including a shot of the beginning box this time…I was curious about that. It is even thicker than I imagined. Old growth cypress should be about the right density and grain pattern for you to work your magic upon. I hope those commissioning you were clever enough to give you plenty of freedom. I always enjoy the sweeping lines in your work. Thanks for taking us along on your creative adventure.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 09:23 AM

Always a pleasure to see your posts. Love the progress photos. Genius in motion.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 11:38 AM

Nice—-real NICE—-box! Thanks for the progress photo’s. It helps a lot, at least to me, to see the various stages pics. At least it gives me hope that I might be able to do something “similar” to this. LOL

You do great work!

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

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 11:56 AM

I really like the look of this La Sinker Cypress. Wow! Another amazing box. Nice interior too. Also, thnx for posting the pic on the before the sculpting. Super nice, as always

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 07-08-2012 01:25 PM

Another beauty Greg !

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#8 posted 07-08-2012 03:11 PM

Thanks everyone. Each box is always a new adventure for me …even though alot of them have similar design features the uniqueness of the grains of the wood and different wood types keep it exciting. Selling them doesn’t hurt either..!
Ben…the process is quite basic…I rough it out with an angle grinder that has a 4.5” sanding wheel…then I use a Foredom electric carver and then start the loooooong process od hand sanding. The sanding is the most important part since the grinder leaves so many cross-grain marks that have to be removed.

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#9 posted 07-08-2012 05:15 PM

Greg, I like what you have come up with to clamp your boxes. It’s always a challenge for me to keep the box secure. Especially after the sides are shaped and I am going back to finish things or adjust my sculpting. You have come up with a great idea, and I think I will try to use it in some way to help stabilize on my next box. Thanks for sharing some of the before pictures and letting us have a little more of a glimpse into how you do these wonderful boxes. What a great wood to do a series of boxes in.

Thanks for sharing with us Greg.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#10 posted 07-08-2012 05:43 PM

Greg you box make me proud to be from Louisiana ,its beautiful

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 07:25 PM

Very nice Greg. Do you know if there is anyone on YouTube showing just how these are carved?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 07-08-2012 08:14 PM

The sinker cypress with the tight growth rings are the highlights to this project. You have a gift to be able to tranform a piece of nature into a work of art.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#13 posted 07-09-2012 01:50 AM

I love that sinker cypress. That box was really pretty even before you sculpted it (but fantastic after sculpting). I too enjoyed seeing the box through several stages.

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

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#14 posted 07-09-2012 02:42 AM

Another masterpiece, Greg.

I really appreciate the process photos, too. Prior to this, I really wasn’t sure what one of your boxes looked like before you started working your magic on it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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