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Project by longgone posted 08-29-2013 03:28 AM 1929 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother said this box reminds him of an octopus…so I guess that is as good of a name for it as any other. I made this from a really nice piece of Rosewood and used a Padauk lift. I recently was making some lifts and decided to make a bunch of them at the same time to make use of some scraps of Padauk I had around the shop.

The size is 10×7x4 and I used the alligator lined bottom.

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 03:32 AM

Beautiful as always—love your use of alligator to line with as it’s pure class.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 03:33 AM

Another masterpiece. Will always be an admirer of your work. We should all want to reach the peak of our areas.

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

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 04:43 AM

As the add said “You’ve come a long way baby!”

This was a box with some sculpting.
This one is pure sculpture that incidentally ….. Is a box.

Congrats on your tremendous journey.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 04:45 AM

Very cool Greg

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 05:37 AM

Thanks guys…I have so much fun creating each box and always look forward to the next.

Hillbilly…the alligator leather is one of favorite liners. I started out lining boxes with velvet and rarely use it except upon request.

Monte..much appreciated…! I was so glad to hear that you did so well at your recent show. You deserve the success.

Paul..Your comments are most generous…My wife still has that first sculpted box in the link. I am glad she wanted to keep it and wouldn’t let me take it to any shows. I still think about an old woodcarver I met back in the 1960’s in Tennessee that made some fantastic sculpted/carved boxes. Makes me wonder what ever happened to his creations.

Jim…thanks much…Hope to make many more…

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#6 posted 08-29-2013 11:22 AM

Very cool project.

-- In fine furniture 10% of the work, takes 90% of the time.

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#7 posted 08-29-2013 11:27 AM

Wow Greg…very very nice, the Rosewood is beautiful and the Padauk is a nice highlight to the box. The alligator lined bottom is perfect. I always look forward to seeing your boxes and I have never tired of seeing them. Always a pleasure….awesome work Greg.

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

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 11:59 AM

Every box you do is always a surprise. Always awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 08-29-2013 12:04 PM

So we should find this wonderful box “in an octopus’s garden in the shade”. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I was listening to the Beatles and the song was playing when I opened your project. Greg you always amaze us with your box creations.

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

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 12:24 PM

As always very impressive. Always look at your projects when you post

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#11 posted 08-29-2013 01:57 PM

Another beaut! I love the fluid look of your boxes and your attention to detail is impressive.
Have you ever considered using darker hinges like oil rubbed bronze instead of high polished brass? I am weird about anything polished brass but that’s just my quirky self. :) Keep them boxes coming.


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#12 posted 08-29-2013 02:10 PM

A symphony of colour and shape ,fantastic looking creation .
Would like to see a back view .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 08-29-2013 03:35 PM

Jose…thanks…this box gave me a new design idea for another box that I am brainstorming.That is one of the things that always makes this so much fun…!

AussieDave…rosewood is such a nice wood to work with. I wish i could find it more easily. Sure could use a really good lumber yard near here.

Roger…I sometimes surprise myself when a design starts out one way and then changes during the process of making it…the boxes don’t always end up as envisioned…which is good thing. Hope to see you in Louisville at St. James Court if you are able to make it. Carol and I are really looking forward to that show and seeing some of the area.

amagineer…A good song to go with the box….I guess I should start a series of boxes about creatures and animals…New ideas come from all sorts of places and ideas from the unconscious mind.

diggerdelaney…thanks…it is always good for the soul when someone enjoys work we have created..

Bentwood…I always strive to have the sculpting flow together and connect from top to sides and the back. It is easy to spend hours laying out an initial design that I like and much of the time it gets altered during the process of carving it out. I agree that I need some additional hinges besides polished brass. I have bought some with an antique finish but the hinge quality was not up to par with these. Shiny and glossy finishes are not my favorite on wood or metal…but it is always amazing to me that so many people seem to like shiny finishes.

kiefer…appreciated. I will take a photo of the back when I set up the camera again. the backs are always sculpted when i create a box.

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#14 posted 08-29-2013 04:09 PM

What a beautiful box. It will make a great eye catcher.

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 08-29-2013 04:36 PM

Love your work Greg. One day I will work up the nerve to try it. In the meantime, I thought spider, not Octopus ;)

Pretty neat effect here with the bilateral symmetry.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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