|Project by JohnnyStrawberry||posted 07-01-2013 03:35 PM||1106 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I think I should start the story with my first box (photo 6).
I made it in my grandpa’s workshop when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old.
Well, it wasn’t my first woodworking project. The first one was actually a much more memorable one. It looked like a hedgehog. It was a little piece of pine with as many nails as I could drive in it. :-D My father vividly remembers when his father came to him and delivered the creature and said “Look what your son’s made.”
Interestingly only this tiny box has survived the decades since then. Isn’t it interesting that I’ve kept it for all those years and now I’m pursuing the craft again…
My second box was actually a birthday present to my sister. She needed a box to store her homeo pills in it.
When she dropped the hint I immediately thought of the most beautiful piece of steamed burly red willow in my shop that had been laying around for quite a long time waiting for the right project.
The box is basically made out of cherry but the bottom is walnut. Since it was one board, the pattern on the sides flows around.
The grid is made out of cherry false heartwood (spectacular!).
Since it stores homeopathic pills (photo 3) my usual AllWoodJoinery techniques were deeply appreciated – no glue, no metal, only solid wood. Accordingly, it has no finish on it. Although some raw tung oil could have really made the red willow burls even more beautiful.
You won’t miss it guys; tung oil is curing on the red willow burls of our wall hanging kitchen cabinets now… :-)))
Thanks for reading along,
-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!