|Project by RS Woodworks||posted 08-13-2012 02:23 AM||2421 views||17 times favorited||17 comments|
I made these boxes as a recent tribute to the passing of my wife’s grandfather. The three boxes were each given to his kids, my wife’s father, aunt, and uncle. I wanted to create something special for each of them to help remember him by. They were gifted to them yesterday on a special day to remember Grandpa, and they were very well received.
The wood was milled from two of a stack of short logs that were cut from an old birch tree on the uncle’s property. Grandpa had the wood stacked at his place intending to use it as camp fire wood. When I saw the birch, I knew that it had some potential, and reluctantly picked an appropriate time after his passing to inquire about it. I immediately knew that one of the logs had some spalting in it, but I didn’t know how much or if it was still good wood until I began to cut it up. I also milled one other log into boards. From the two logs I created these three boxes. I used Peruvian walnut (aka Nogal) for accents on two of the boxes and Purpleheart as an accent on the box for auntie. While the designs are fairly straight forward the wood, especially the spalted birch I chose for the tops, is spectacular. A good soaking of Danish oil and a buffing with paste wax gives these boxes their natural looking and satin feeling finish.
I’m very happy with how these boxes turned out and the recipients were greatful. I hope that they will help serve as a memory for my wifes grandfather for many years.
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