Waterfall Cherry Tea Box & Contemporary Tea Box w/handmade banding

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Project by ellen35 posted 354 days ago 1141 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another couple of tea boxes… my last 2 sold in the same week! The first one is a cherry and purpleheart piece that I call the Waterfall because of the beautiful figuring on it. It just reminded me of a waterfall coming out of the purpleheart. I added a little wenge and purpleheart accent to two of the sides just for interest. I bought this beautiful piece of cherry from a fellow LJ a couple of years ago and was saving it for a special project. When my tea boxes started selling, I decided to try this.
The second tea box is maple and walnut. The edge banding was made by Lorna (moonls) and me about a month ago when we were trying out all kinds of inlays and edge bandings. I particularly like this one because it is so contemporary. I chamfered the top edge of the top to give it some style.
Both Boxes are about 9 1/2 by 9 1/2 and are finished in Bush Oil. I really love the finish… Bush Oil is really a nice product (pomposity of Bill Bush not withstanding… he does make an excellent finish!).
These are going to Momo’s Food Emporium in Sandwich MA on Cape Cod this morning. Google this place if you love to LOOK at great pastry!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 354 days ago

These are beautiful Ellen. That figure in the cherry lid IS remarkable. I also like the side to side orientation of the grain on the lid of the maple/walnut box. It offers a different and interesting look.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 354 days ago

Oh, Ellen! They are just lovely! What beautiful work you do! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 354 days ago

Ellen I admire your skill of combining wood grain and design to create boxes that have artistic beauty but are also useful. I know they’ll sell quickly!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#4 posted 354 days ago

Very awesome build Ellen. Tis a beauty.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 354 days ago

Ellen nice work like the colors and flow of these!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 354 days ago

Ellen, this is absolutely beautiful and done so very well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 354 days ago

Nice JOB!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 354 days ago

Nicely done. Cool wood and design. I have started to make one of these a few times and then it morphed into something else or I put the wrong finish on it. Seeing yours, I will try again.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#9 posted 354 days ago

If there is an “heirloom tea box gallery”, your work should be in it.
Your tea boxes just keep getting better & better.
This one is no exception.
Nice work Ellen !

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 354 days ago

as always, your work is spectacular!! you have an eye for picking out the best use of grain in wood. you are the queen of tea boxes.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#11 posted 353 days ago

I like those boxes, expecially the second one; anyway the cherry’s figure is awesome

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#12 posted 353 days ago

Thank you everyone.
More boxes on the way… dropped them off and got an order for a copy of one that sold last week (I hate making actual copies so I’ll try to find a slightly different twist!)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 353 days ago

Great wood to work. I always like your work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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