Vigelands Child: Hickory and Maple Box

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Project by SM posted 04-24-2008 06:21 AM 1826 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original box of Hickory and Maple was one of my first attempts at a box. The lap joints had popped, the top warped, and so many other faults that I had not bothered applying a finish. I kept trying to fix it and my frustration made me think of a sculpture by Vigeland depicting a toddler having a tantrum.
One of my goals with the “revised” box was to actually follow a set of directions; almost succeeded. The layers of grain look to me like a cross section of layers of earth. It deserves a new name: Terra.

-- SM

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#1 posted 04-24-2008 06:51 AM

I agree with your description of what the grain looks like. Great box I like the spline joints…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 04-24-2008 07:34 AM

Mature simplicity and beautiful – one day I will get to be that good

-- TartanJock

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#3 posted 04-24-2008 08:18 AM

You’ve constructed a good looking box there~!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 04-24-2008 08:25 AM

Oh wow…I like all 3 …oh yes …what is the size ?
Have you seen the Northwest Indian boxes ? If you love boxes must see some
Haida or Tsimshian or the Bella Bella …I love your boxes …
thanks ..
Mike in Bonney Lake

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#5 posted 04-24-2008 09:20 AM

some good design ideas here.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 04-24-2008 10:24 AM

Great box – I love the way the grain pattern wraps round the corners – good work.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 04-24-2008 12:19 PM

This is a nice looking box. I like grain pattern of the revised version.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-24-2008 02:01 PM

Small boxes are one of my new passions. Really like your grain pattern.

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#9 posted 04-24-2008 02:28 PM

well done. I like the splines in the box. And a great choose of wood grain.

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 04-24-2008 03:36 PM

Great grain, nice construction.

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

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#11 posted 04-24-2008 08:47 PM

Well, I woke-up to all your comments this morning and some kind of flush of relief came over me; you work so intently on something – it is nice to get the perspective of others!)

Gator9t9: The box is 71/2 x 93/4 x 41/4. Interesting that you thought of the NW native boxes. I grew up within 20K of where you are now, between Selleck and Ravensdale (I know, there IS nothing in between!). As a teenager I unsuccessfully tried to hitchhike to the dig at Lake Ozet, but later, did take a semester of British Columbian native culture and art. That was like another lifetime so I can remember little. No doubt, there are some subliminal influences there.

This was my first set of “successful” splines. “Mature”, wow, what a compliment.

Much thanks.

-- SM

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#12 posted 05-07-2008 06:01 AM

I love the simple beauty of your work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 05-07-2008 06:29 AM

Thanks. I was thinking I would like to make shaker and mission furniture like yours; not to mention your sculpture!

-- SM

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#14 posted 04-05-2010 12:55 AM

well done.i like how you wraped the grain around the body of the box.very nice.

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