Whistlin' Willie Wilson

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Project by longgone posted 07-24-2013 04:21 AM 1670 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my favorite wood combinations is Wenge and Padauk. Last week I cut out and put together six boxes and three of them were this combination. As I was carving this box I had several other ideas for this wood combo and design. Amazing where your mind can go while you are working.
The finished box is 11×7x5” ...the photos don’t come close to showing the aged texture. One of these days I will get my photo skills a little closer to where would like it.
Finished with 10 coats of lacquer
Red Leather lined bottom.

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 05:45 AM

Very nice Greg. Yes, these two woods go well together. I’d like to see the insides of some of your boxes if you ever get a chance. Keep up the good work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 08:24 AM

I can see why you like it. Love the wood grain and colors. I use Paduak alot and have some Wenge at home… As always great work and a real beauty!!!!

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

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 09:27 AM

It almost has a Halloween appeal, very nice. I too have these woods in my inventory, I might do something like this on a bandsaw box for this coming Halloween season. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 10:10 AM

Greg, what a beautiful box and unique comination of wood. The combination is gorgeous, you will not have any problem selling this one!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 10:20 AM

Your boxes are great. The wood has a nice flow about it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 10:55 AM

Hey Greg, Beautiful box and the wood looks great. Always amazes me the way you sculpt them. Excellent and artistic… awesome.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 11:37 AM

Great texture, really beautiful box.

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

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 12:32 PM

Very Nice Box Greg! Very Nice!
Those 2 woods do go together very well.

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

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 12:58 PM

Remarkable combination of woods and design : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 07-24-2013 01:04 PM

That’s a pretty wild looking combo.
You have come a long way since you’re first one a couple of years ago.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#11 posted 07-24-2013 01:05 PM

Very nice! One of my favorites!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 07-24-2013 01:32 PM

Great lookin box….love the wood…

-- Take care.....Ed

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#13 posted 07-24-2013 01:54 PM

Oh so awesome

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#14 posted 07-24-2013 02:15 PM

Much appreciated input everyone…! One of my friends was saying he doesn’t know how I can spend so much time in my shop. Well, he is not a woodworker but I don’t know how anyone can not spend alot of time in their shop when it is so much fun and so enjoyable.
so much wood and so little time…

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#15 posted 07-24-2013 04:04 PM

hey greg, your wood choices are getting wild and colorful, this one really stands out, it reminds me of a valcano, the dark rim and then the lava…its always an adventure with your work, and i enjoy it very much…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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