Carved Box

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 561 days ago 820 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another carved candle box—this one claimed by the First Lady when she saw the koi carving.

This features Japanese-inspired carvings, all in shallow relief. The lid is a koi design borrowed from Chris Pye’s Woodcarving Course book. I chose this design because I wanted to practice low relief carving and relieving a flat background. (My previous carvings have all been flat strapwork with a textured background.) After doing the koi, I wanted related designs for the box sides, and settled on a branch of cherry blossoms and a view of Mount Fuji. Both of these designs are originals. The front end of the box (not shown) has a carving of the kanji for “Nature”.

These carvings were lined in with a skew chisel—probably not a recommended technique, but it worked well enough for me. My previous carvings were all patterned with gouges and chisels as described by Peter Follansbee in this posting so I wanted to try something with more traditional lining in, but frankly I’m not good enough with a V-tool yet. Then everything was relieved and shaped with gouges. In some areas (especially the cherry branch carving) I don’t have the proper detail gouges to work the tight areas and so they remain a bit rough.

The wood is American Walnut and all work was done with hand tools. There was no sanding, all surfaces are straight from the smoothing plane or carved. It was finished with several coats of Minwax Satin Wipe-On Poly. This was easy to apply to the carvings and worked well, although it is still a bit too shiny on the flat surfaces for my tastes.

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#1 posted 561 days ago

Very cool a super box and great carving.

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#2 posted 561 days ago

Very cool!!

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#3 posted 561 days ago

Awsome carving.Nice box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 561 days ago

Lovely work Scott. The carving adds a really nice touch.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#5 posted 561 days ago

Nice work, I see wht the first lady wanted it.

-- 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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#6 posted 561 days ago

Very nicely done. Those carvings look great on those sides.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 560 days ago

Superb carvings on the box, gave the box a lot of texture and appeal.


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#8 posted 560 days ago

I love this box and all the carvings. I am impressed how well the Mt. Fuji carving turned out. A simple motif, but very effective.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 186 days ago

Very beautiful carving. I wish I could do that!

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