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Project by gwadam1 posted 452 days ago 943 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started them as generic boxes back in 2002 when I lost my job. Thought they’d help with income. Less than two months later I was hired on at Computer Sciences Corp and I only put-zed around with them till about a year and a half ago. I promised to finish them and give one to each of the girls for Christmas (13 months ago). I finally got around to getting them done.

The pattern for the chipcarving from Wayne Barton’s first book. The dolphin applique is a stained glass Christmas ornament. The cross is olivewood from Jerusalem. Sold by a kiosk in the mall. The carved wood is basswood. I let the girls choose the wood for the ring boxes. Rachael chose purpleheart and Kimmie chose zebrawood. Thanks for looking.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"





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tomd

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#1 posted 452 days ago

Very nice looking boxes, great carving.

-- Tom D

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Roger

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#2 posted 452 days ago

Very beautiful. Super nice carvings also. Did you make the ring holders your self? If so, how’d ya do it? Thnx in advance

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gwadam1

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#3 posted 452 days ago

Thank you for the nice comments.

Roger, Yes, I made them myself. I simply cut lengths of styrofoam insulation tubing to the right length. Then I used self-stick felt cut to fit around the tube. Four for each box. Then glue them into the box. For the pink silk fabric, I used a spray adhesive on the tubes then rolled them over the fabric then trimmed the ends.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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dpwalker

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#4 posted 452 days ago

Very nice. I especially like the dolphin box.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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Parsimonia

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#5 posted 452 days ago

Lucky girls!

-- More Ideas than Time.

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stefang

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#6 posted 451 days ago

These boxes are really beautiful and they seem to have everything a jewelry box should, have with nicely upholstered trays and the mirror and tray. The chip carving is done really well too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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gwadam1

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#7 posted 451 days ago

Thank you all for the kind comments. I’m flattered.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 451 days ago

These boxes are so nice. Outstanding work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 451 days ago

Very exquisite boxes…an heirloom piece. Wonderful carving and the details on the design are well thought of.

—www.sawblade.com

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Rickterscale

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#10 posted 451 days ago

Very nice. Great work.

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Celticscroller

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#11 posted 451 days ago

Your chip carving is beautifully done. The boxes are wonderful. I love the detail you have given them and the mirror on the lid is a great idea.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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