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Here’s a complementary design to my “Year of the Dragon”. This is yet another marquetry box on frame with approximate dimensions 5 5/8×9 3/8×4 1/4 inches.
The design was made using the double bevel marquetry technique and includes Hawaiian koa, American holly, quarter sawn sycamore, Western big leaf maple, Chechen rosewood, purpleheart, crushed red pipe stone, crushed turquoise and malachite stones and epoxy. I used shop sawn veneers (~ 3/32” thick) and a #3/0 scrollsaw blade.
The fictional dragon and phoenix are the traditional animals symbolizing auspiciousness. Along with the kylin and tortoise, they were known as the “Four Supernatural Spirits.” In Chinese lore, any reported sightings of a dragon or phoenix were considered extremely auspicious, heralding a glorious period of peace and prosperity for the people and the country. This is reflected in the Chinese saying: “When the dragon soars and the phoenix dances, the people will enjoy happiness for years, bringing peace and tranquility to all under heaven.”
It is another tribute to 2012, the Year of the Dragon. The soaring dragon and phoenix are vying for an enormous magical pearl, symbolizing the world’s most precious treasure. Accenting the box sides are stylized representations of the symbol for the complementary forces of Yin and Yang, “shadow and light”, which express how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world.
The last photo shows the four side and top panels prior to glue up. As with the Year of the Dragon box, I rabbeted the four sides to allow the top support (in this case made of 1-sided veneered MDF) to drop in. This supports the top panel which then covers the rabbet.
-- Bob, Potomac, MD