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

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Project by ellen35 posted 04-27-2013 11:33 AM 2124 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 04-27-2013 11:43 AM

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 04-27-2013 11:55 AM

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


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 12:22 PM

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 04-27-2013 12:48 PM

Very awesome build Ellen. Tis a beauty.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 01:36 PM

Ellen nice work like the colors and flow of these!

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

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 01:47 PM

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 04-27-2013 04:30 PM

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 04-27-2013 07:23 PM

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 now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 04-27-2013 11:59 PM

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 !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 02:18 AM

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 04-28-2013 09:35 AM

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 04-28-2013 11:16 AM

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 04-28-2013 06:46 PM

Great wood to work. I always like your work.

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

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