Wenge & Padauk Box

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Project by Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist posted 06-06-2013 04:08 AM 1840 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A wenge and Padauk box I created for my upcoming shows.
11×7x4.4.25” I had enough wenge and Padauk to make two boxes. The last photo is the one I have yet to start a design on. I hope to have about 12-15 new boxes completed for the July 4th weekend show in Texas.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#1 posted 06-06-2013 04:13 AM

Another Great looking box Greg. I really think you must have a bedroom right off or in your shop….lots of great box’s flying around. What a big difference between before and after pictures. Did the first box have legs and the unfinished one does not? Or do you carve it like that?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 04:24 AM


-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 04:28 AM

Hawaiilad…thanks. both boxes started looking like the unfinished one right after glue up. I carved the legs into the first one and I am still brainstorming for the design of the second. I have three cypress and two oak boxes glued up so I might start one of them while I decide on a design.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 06-06-2013 04:28 AM

That baby just jumps out at you. Great work sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 05:19 AM

Greg, this box has a somehow sinister look. To my mind it seems somehow foreboding and a little on the dark side, but then again I just finished reading the latest Dan Brown book Inferno, so maybe that has something to do with it. Nice work as always. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 06:06 AM

Stellar work! Wow.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 07:55 AM

Another Master piece, great work love Paduak and wenge! Should sell quick….

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

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 10:58 AM

Great work. It is particularly interesting to see tht “before and after”.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 10:59 AM

Wow Greg, just like all your previous boxes…..another amazing work of art.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 11:42 AM

Now this is way awesome Greg! This would look fantastic anywhere you placed it. I really like the wood combos here. I also agree w/boxguy…. A bit on the “dark-side”... When I said it would look good anywhere, I was picturing it in the living room of a vampires lair. :)

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

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 12:35 PM

Another outstanding box Greg!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 06-06-2013 02:24 PM

Amazing Greg what an amazing contrast


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#13 posted 06-06-2013 03:31 PM

I always appreciate the great input everyone provides. Thanks…!

Monte…I hope it jumps out at you in a good way. I really like the color combination. I found it to be a good practice to have a collection of all the woods I use and cut them into samples with an applied finish. It somehow takes some of the guesswork about how the finished box will look.

Big Al…I imagine it is sinister and foreboding enough to sell…especially since there are many sinister and foreboding people everywhere…maybe Steven King….

Calgary Geoff…thank you. I sure love what I do…

Ken….I also like this wood combination. It would also be nice to keep brown original color of the wenge but it always seems to darken up considerably. I even tried a water based poly on some scraps but the results were too close to make any noticeable difference.

deon…it is not really a before and after photo…it is two identical boxes..I have yet to decide on a design for the second.

Dave…much appreciated comment. Thanks…!

Roger….I didn’t mean to scare you and I hope you don’t have box nightmares at night…:) My wife Carol and I will be doing a show in Louisville on Oct 4-6th at St James Court...if you get a chance please stop by and visit.

Chuck…ain’t nothing but fun….

Jamie…Thanks…the right woods always make such a difference.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#14 posted 06-06-2013 03:34 PM

Highly unusual and very striking. Nice work.

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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#15 posted 06-06-2013 04:23 PM

Beautiful box!

Do you carve the designs with handtools, or some mix of power tools?
What is the process of designing a pattern like? Do you draw the high/low spots and transfer to the wood?

Las question, how much do you charge for a beauty like this? Unfortunately I’m a bit far from Texas1, otherwise I would go and see these beauties live.

[1] 5200 miles is far enough, isn’t it?


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