|Project by gilbo||posted 08-28-2013 03:02 AM||1361 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a bit of a long story so please bear with me. I was helping a friend mill some logs one day. He had a good assortment of seasoned wood, mostly elm and cherry. Then he picked up a section he said was mature apple and I couldn’t believe the planks it produced. When he saw how excited I was about them, he very generously gave them to me in thanks for helping him that day. After racking the planks for another 3 months to season some more, I dressed and matched them. To my amazement, the book-matched boards (shown above) had animal images in them and so I racked them again waiting for the right project.
My mother in law had passed on a year earlier and I had made the funeral urn (I’ll post later as another project)for her ashes. My wife began thinking that since I would probably die before her (not really sure how she seems to know that for a fact, nor do I want to know) she wanted to be sure that she got a urn as nice as her mom’s. Creepy enough for you so far? Anyway, enter the apple wood boards.
I set the animal face (I think it’s a lion, others think it’s a baboon, who knows…it’s an animal) in a black walnut box, framed in the lid and the bottom. I also lined the walls with the apple wood. When I hit some samples with oils or wax the apple had wild colours ranging from bright yellow to chocolate brown as well as medium grey. I created neutral tones in the wood with aniline dye and that calmed down the grain a bit. I also used the apple for the corner keys leaving the original bright colors that most people think is brass. The finish is a simple application of mineral oil, waxes and a lot of hand rubbing.
So that’s the story of the animal box and here’s hoping it’s never put to use, at least while I’m alive.
BTW, if you we’re wondering what I did with the other two boards with a figure that seams to have horns, look over my shoulder in my profile picture. After toning with dye and framing in mahogany, it’s now on the wall in my den.
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