I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

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Project by bigogre posted 627 days ago 2317 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I apologize for getting this song stuck in everyone’s head. It has been in my mind for the last couple of weeks, so I guess it is time to start with the Christmas items.

These are a couple of bow boxes, the first is fog (found on ground) wood from a pallet. It looks like padauk and zebra wood had a baby. Seriously, though, it has not yet been identified yet. Beautiful stuff. A friend brought me a piece and asked if I would be interested in more of it. Turned him down right there. Just kidding. All he wanted in return was a box made from it. The lid is figured cherry. The ribbon is maple and padauk, cut on a scroll saw and carved mostly with a dremel.

The second box is actually two different ones made from gummy cherry and figured maple. the ribbon is bubinga and maple. Boxes are roughly 6×6x4”

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 627 days ago

beautiful boxs!! but curse you for getting that song stuck in my head, usually I can make it until after thanksgiving before huming that all day long.

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#2 posted 627 days ago

Wonderful boxes,another great build. I guess I’m lucky I’ve never heard of that song.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 627 days ago

Dare you to look it up.. its horrendous.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#4 posted 627 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. You do REALLY good work!! All I find when I look on the ground is rocks :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 627 days ago

Beautiful workmanship very nice job….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#6 posted 627 days ago

Outstanding craftmanship ! How did you learn making that wondrous box?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 627 days ago

What song? Sorry, I can only provide you with an elephant by the name of Nelly…

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 627 days ago

I’m so impressed that I almost forgot to react about the boxes: waw.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#9 posted 626 days ago

Fantastic work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 626 days ago

Really beautiful, both of them

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 626 days ago

I’ll agree with MrsN. Great looking boxes but AAARGH!!!!
that is my wife and daughter’s favorite song, even have th eornament that plays it.
Jim what ever you do Don’t look it up!


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 626 days ago

I love these wooden ribbons. I want to by a scrollsaw just to make them.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#13 posted 626 days ago

Nice piece. You really have talent.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#14 posted 626 days ago

Bill, great work as alway. Your ribbon designs keep getting better with your more subtle Dremel work. When do you find time to sleep?

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 626 days ago

I don’t know the song either , but I do know how to catch a hippopotamus. A farmer told me long ago (I was just a little lad) when he asked me to bring him one home from a holiday.

What you need is a pair of binoculars, a pair of tweezers and a box. He said that a match box would do, but yours would be so much better. First you look through the binoculars the wrong way, then you pick up the hippo with the pair of tweezers and just drop it in your box. Easy!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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