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A FABERGE EGG "The Eggnigma"

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-29-2012 08:08 AM 2655 views 15 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is the best I can do so far, I entered it into the Out Of The Woods Competition here in Western Australia and it picked up first place and at the end of the show it picked up People’s Choice award, both with a trophy which is what I wanted the most.
The jewellery box was inspired by the Russian jeweller Carl Faberge who made jewel encrusted eggs that contained a surprise for the family of the Czar of Russia on each Easter.
My version doesn’t have any Diamonds or gold yet but with time I hope it will hold some loved and cherished pieces of jewellery.
It has taken twelve months to finish with 355 individual pieces of veneer and 215 pieces of wood, how many hours who knows?
The Egg was turned from a large block of Jarrah burl.

The top hinge block was one of the hardest sections to work out and finally after 5 prototypes the solution came when I was filling up a car with fuel, the answer to the pivoting hinge was right in front of me, a canter lever pivoting from the underside would work perfectly.

The main body or carcase has the Hinge block inserted into the top which is removable for adjustment.
This was pre-assembled without glue many times to fine tune the different needs of the design, the carcase has a hexagon shaped plywood base board that is double veneered, Vavona on the underside and birds eye Poplar for the inside areas of the drawer sections.
I used 3mm plywood to make up the base of the drawers which were sanded on the edges to an exact fit into each of the drawer compartment sections. Every drawer has a number laser etched into the rear and that corresponds with the same in the carcase because each drawer is unique.
Also in the back of each drawer there is a piece of steel inserted underneath the veneer which is attracted by strong magnets (from old hard drives) that are mounted inside the carcase behind the rear Poplar walling.
The turned end posts continue flowing underneath the carcase to join tapered half round pieces of Jarrah that act as the six feet.
In two of the turned posts there are two brass polished and lacquered handles that when pushed down they open the egg to reveal another egg inside.
There were no plans for the building of this project just lots of laying in bed while I should be sleeping, thinking up ideas on how to make it work. Very wrong way to do things!
I finished the project with just one day prior to the show, just in time to enter it.

Hope you like it and I hope it is inspiration for beginners.
I have done a blog here for the construction procedure.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm





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hooky

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 08:45 AM

gumnut the photos of this dont do it any justice

i saw it at the wood show a few years ago and it is simply stunning

Hooky

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 09:15 AM

Wow! Congratulations on the trophies—they’re well deserved! I really like your hinge block solution. I’m looking forward to seeing the blog.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Gumnut

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 09:15 AM

Thanks Hooky! I think it was 2010 Wood show.
Hope to see you at this years show next week.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 09:39 AM

Peter….Simply stunning. such detail and imagination.
Incredible work.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 09:47 AM

Peter,
Impressive indeed. Now, this is what I would call an “art-box”. The unfolding layers of the box are wonderful to see unfold. The continuing stream of surprises. Marvelous piece.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 07-29-2012 10:10 AM

wow! Imaginative!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 07-29-2012 10:28 AM

Masterful, exquisite detail,

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#8 posted 07-29-2012 11:20 AM

Wow. Rarely am I rendered speechless but… Um… Yeah… Wow.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#9 posted 07-29-2012 11:39 AM

Fantastic, really superb. This is beyond great, words can’t describe how magnificent this actually is.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 07-29-2012 11:54 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is an exquisite piece of art and engineering!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can see why it took first place!!!!!!
You are a master craftsman and great artist!!..................Jim

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

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#11 posted 07-29-2012 12:12 PM

Jeez- I’m gobsmacked. Incredible craftsmanship.

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#12 posted 07-29-2012 12:25 PM

All of the above…

Lee

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#13 posted 07-29-2012 12:39 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed the blog on this – it just adds to the visual appeal after reading about the process and then returning to gaze upon the finished product.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#14 posted 07-29-2012 01:01 PM

What to say, what to say…

Wow.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#15 posted 07-29-2012 01:21 PM

What a mind,what a talent,what a joy to behold !!!! only first place, it seems like there should be something better for a amazing work of art like this.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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