Keepsake box with intarsia decoration

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 06-06-2008 12:39 AM 3993 views 13 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was commissioned by my step-daughter as a gift for her friend on the occasion of the Christening of her baby daughter. The lid is the popular combination of walnut and sycamore, whereas the box itself is made from a length of something I bought with lots of other bits and pieces at an auction. It may well be tulip wood.

The strip of sycamore ended up in the lid simply because the walnut I had to hand wasn’t wide enough. When Mrs YS saw it she suggested some sort of bow as the strip reminded her of a ribbon. Then she arrived in the workshop with a bow cut out of paper as a template! I dug out a book on intarsia and this was the result. Teamwork eh?

Picture three shows sawdust debris, now that I see it on screen. I did clean it up before presenting!!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 06-06-2008 01:20 AM

I really like the bow. It came out great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-06-2008 01:21 AM

Mrs YS says thank you Wayne!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 06-06-2008 01:25 AM

Very nice. The strip of sycamore and the bow look great with the walnut.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 06-06-2008 02:00 AM

Another beautiful box YS! I think the Mrs. has some inspirational ideas——you should keep her around!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 06-06-2008 02:01 AM

thats really cool. it really brings a nice 3D effect to the piece! thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 06-06-2008 02:51 AM


As ususal, another “class” piece. Your creations are so beautiful!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 03:47 AM

Stewart..that is an awesome piece! I love the bow..that is a great accent piece…but the box is just as great!


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#8 posted 06-06-2008 03:51 AM

Gorgeous box and ribbon. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 06-06-2008 04:00 AM

Another beautiful piece from you as always, Stewart.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 06-06-2008 04:07 AM

Great looking box Yorkie! That ribbon is a fantastic and great touch.

Overall a very nice box!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 06-06-2008 04:37 AM

That’s just a beautiful piece, Stewart!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 06-06-2008 04:58 AM

Your usual best Stewart!
I think I like this piece the best of your series.
That bow just sets it right off!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 06-06-2008 01:02 PM

That is one great little box….. Nice touch with the bow. As always your work is outstanding.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 06-06-2008 01:29 PM

Very creative. I always like seeing your posts.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#15 posted 06-06-2008 01:52 PM

Very nice Stew.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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