Sherri's Bouquet of Flowers Marquetry Box

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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 404 days ago 2313 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box for my wife Sherri which features sand shaded marquetry cut in the classic style. The motif was taken from the ASFM workbook and interestingly was a study piece that Patrick Edwards cut while he was in Ecoulle Boulle in Paris and is still hanging on the wall at ASFM. The inside lid features a book matched walnut burl with a small floral motif which was a re-application of one of the flowers on the top. The box itself is locally harvested solid walnut, re-sawn and grain matched at all four corners. Splines and box trim are wenge. Inside is a single tray which slides from side to side, both box and tray are lined with black suede which gives off a luxurious aroma of leather when the lid is opened. Finish is french polish throughout which took a long time as I was learning along the way, but I am really pleased with the end result.

I’m thinking about entering this box in the Veneer Tech Challenge…but I’m not sure it’s good enough.

Thanks for looking, and feedback is always welcome.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#1 posted 404 days ago

Absolutely stunning!


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#2 posted 404 days ago

Oh so much elegance, love the inside lid portion well done…BC

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#3 posted 404 days ago

Great-looking marquetry. I need to learn more about it someday. The box accents it well, too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#4 posted 403 days ago

Beautiful work Mathew

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 403 days ago

That is a pretty nice box…well done…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#6 posted 403 days ago

Just beautiful Mat.
Yes, I’ve already seen it but you’ve presented it so nicely here that It’s like the first time again.
The cutting, veneer choice, and the box itself are all just first class.
The background choice on the front and the dark edges are sweet and the veneer match and accent marquetry on the inside are a real treat as well.
Sherri’s a lucky girl !
Your best so far IMHO.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 403 days ago

Simply beautiful and such a nice surprise to see more flowers inside : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#8 posted 403 days ago

It’s beautiful. So jealous! I hope to get there someday :-)

-- Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill

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#9 posted 403 days ago

Amazing work Mathew. I wouldn’t hesitate to enter it if it were mine. I can’t imagine that marquetry work can be done much better than this. I love the box too, especially the burl and marquetry inside the lid, but all the other details as well. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 403 days ago


Sherri’s box is absolutely outstanding! We would love to be able to see it in person. Definitely award quality!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 403 days ago

Very cool Mat, I need to get going on my project can’t wait to show it for the first time.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#12 posted 403 days ago


Unbelievable craftsmanship, If this piece isnt good enough to enter I dont know what would be.



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#13 posted 403 days ago

Beautiful in every sense!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 403 days ago

Beautiful Marquetry! Great looking box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 403 days ago

Nedeljko bravo! Brilliantly and beautifully you have progressed! Ease of selected motifs .. choice veneers background .. and of course technique – bravo.

Best regards,


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