|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-12-2012 05:10 AM||1898 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
Pictured: Derrick’s jewelry keeper that he made features a sliding tray, dividers, ring holders, 1/8 inch paired corner splines, inset top, 5 coats of hand rubbed finish, mortised piano hinge, and an elongated finger lift. It is made from local woods. The sides are Black Cherry and the top is a knotty section of White Oak. At 14×6x6, it is sized to hold the customer’s most frequently used jewelry and accessories.
Story: Now that Derrick and his wife have started their family, his time is more limited so Derrick joins me in the shop most Wednesday evenings. Derrick and I have been working together for over 5 years. At first I was the mentor, now I am just as likely to learn from what he can teach me. On Wednesday’s we float around the shop working independently, stopping now and then to compare notes and ask opinions of one another about designs and techniques. It is fun for both of us. Derrick has begun to build his own shop and to teach one of his friends about making boxes…so the cycle continues. Derrick sells his boxes in a gallery located near to him and has begun to develop his own following and clientele. He sold three boxes just this month and has orders for more.
Style: Derrick has developed his own sense of style. He loves knots and the grain that flows around them, prefers paired narrow corner splines, and has an elongated lift that he likes to use. I wanted to post this design so that fellow Lumber Jocks could see his work and perhaps have some new takes on their own designs. I think he is a real craftsman and has an excellent eye for what works in wood.
Thanks: As always Derrick and I thank you for taking time to look and a special thanks to all of you who make the extra effort to comment and ask questions. Critiques and suggestions are always welcome. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN