Gavel Box and Base

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Project by Zelbar posted 02-19-2013 10:26 PM 1554 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Gavel, Gavel Box and Gavel Base for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada for use in their meeting chambers

The Base is made from Canadian Maple. I used my laser engraver to cut an inlay pocket for the map of Canada and then had it cut the provinces and territories out in different woods. Around the map is a second inlay of wood that were shipped to me from Colleges around the world. These were laid out in an interlocking pattern to indicate how we are all connected. On the sides (which are beveled, but it is hard to see in the photo) are engraved plaques of all the past presidents of the College with a dedication plaque on top. I have included a legend below which goes with one of the pictures showing where the woods from the colleges came from. The most interesting is the Bog wood from Ireland that is 2000 – 6000 years old.

The Box is framed in Walnut with a birdseye maple veneer on the panels. It was also engraved with the colleges logo. It has a velvet pillow inside to rest the gavel on.

The Gavel is turned from Walnut.

A – Australia – Kauri Pine from an 1890’s Chest of Drawers The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

B – Pakistan – Wood Species Unknown College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan

C – Australia – Australian Jarrah Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

D – Hong Kong – Bamboo Hong Kong College of Physicians

E – Scotland – Wood Species Unknown – From a Gavel that was used at the College Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

F – Ireland – Irish Bog Oak – Excavated from deep underground it has sunk in the bogs and preserved by the Acidic Turf Bog which keep it free from Sunlight and Osygen. 2000-6000 year old. Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

G – Canada – Mahogany – Used in the construction of the Royal College Royal College of Physicians of London

H – United States of America – Mahogany – From the Executive Office of the College American College of Physicians

I – United States of America – Species Unknown – From the Original Offices of the College 1929 American College of Surgeons

J – Philippines – Narra – The Philippines National Tree Philippine College of Surgeons

K – Hong Kong – Chinese Birch Wood – From a mould that is used for making Mooncake. Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

L – Singapore – Wood Species Unknown – From the leg of a chair at the College College of Physicians, Singapore

M – Australia – Queensland Maple – From a Sideboard of the 1920’s The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 02:11 AM

Great job.

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 04:14 AM

great piece. I like the ring of wood from the colleges around the world. I’m sure this is a piece that will become a heirloom for the College.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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