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Project by Harmony posted 03-22-2013 04:57 PM 1784 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bent wood box, is made in the traditional Nordic way. The overlap of the poplar sides are laced with river reed. The walnut bottom is held in place with wooden pegs. No screws or nails were used in construction.

The thin sides are flexible enough to allow the stern posts to move, releasing the lid.

The box is my own design. The bow and stern posts are hand carved walnut. The dragon’s eyes are pure gold beads. The walnut lid is decorated with ten maple shields.

Examples of this type of box have been unearthed in the remains of Viking ships dating from 840 AD. They were used to store valuable possessions.

This box is 16 1/2” long, 6 1/2” wide, 3” to the top of the lid and 7 1/2” to the top of the dragons head.

-- Dave, North woods, http://www.harmonycraft.etsy.com





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#1 posted 03-22-2013 05:20 PM

Great work!

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 05:41 PM

Great work and awesome design.

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 05:48 PM

Really unusual design. Thanks for sharing. Do you steam bend the poplar or immerse it in boiling water until it becomes pliable?
Jim

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 06:41 PM

This is awesome! Thanks for the explanation and history lesson. So cool.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 10:18 PM

first … welcome to L J its a great corner to hang out on :-)

like the dragonboat design

Dennis

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#6 posted 03-22-2013 10:33 PM

Thank you for kind words.

JK 45: The wood is boiled for 20 min.

Dave

-- Dave, North woods, http://www.harmonycraft.etsy.com

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#7 posted 03-22-2013 11:25 PM

Very nice work. I have made some Tines myself but none that fancy.

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#8 posted 03-23-2013 01:05 AM

Great work, very interesting design.

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#9 posted 03-23-2013 03:41 AM

That would make my forfathers proud.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 03-23-2013 03:53 AM

Nice work! Welcome to LJ.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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