Memory box

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Project by DHS posted 05-26-2013 12:14 AM 1650 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box began as an urn to hold the remains of a family member who had passed away. But, as the box neared completion I began to wonder whether there might be a better way to remember her. Families have different ways of honoring loved ones who have died. For us, it seemed better to scatter the ashes and fill the box with important items from her life such as wedding rings, a diary, and other items. The box now reminds me of the important aspects of her life, which is what I really want to remember about her.

I constructed the box from walnut (with a maple bottom) and used the same techniques that I used on a previous box (you can see some construction photos here). I finished it by rubbing on several coats of shellac and a coat of paste wax.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 01:02 AM

This is quite a lovely box and the cover is even more intriguing with the subtle curves and dimensions. I can appreciate the thoughtfulness of being able to remember the loved one by being able to view and fondle items that were important to them and enjoy the memories they bring.

This is a much more intimate way to deal with a death and honoring the deceased than the traditional mass produced coffin.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 05:13 AM

Beautiful work with nice proportions, and the legs
add to the elegance of a well designed box.

Good show DHS!

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 09:08 AM

Very elegant work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 12:18 PM

Beautiful design, awesome wood, and nicely done. Congratulations.

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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#5 posted 05-27-2013 12:36 AM

Very nice.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 05:20 PM

Outstanding shape. The top especially.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-30-2013 01:36 PM

Fantastic box! Great design, love the top and the handle, gorgeous woods used and the finish made the grains really pop. Impressive work!

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