|Project by KnickKnack||posted 09-06-2013 06:11 PM||2173 views||9 times favorited||24 comments|
For reasons I won’t go into, I decided it was about time I tried to make some of the “staple” items in woodworking – those items you might consider “rights of passage”.
When I was young I learned the clarinet, and had, of course, to learn all 36 scales, arpeggios etc. I didn’t really appreciate the merit of this until later, when I suddenly find myself transposing at sight.
If more proof were needed of the validity of a firm grounding in the basics, one has only to watch the end of the 1996 film “Crossroads” (the last 4 minutes of which you can watch here)
Anyway – I decided to try my hand at “wrap around box”, and here’s the result.
Of course we’ve all seen a lot of these, but it always struck me as most uncommon strange that one would put all that work into making a box that hasno start or finish, and then proceed to give the thing a “back” and a “front” by putting hinges and a handle on it.
So that was out, and I came up with this. It’s part of a stave of an ancient calvados barrel – the oak jet black from a hundred years of drinking brandy. It was a fat piece, so I could cut the contours to make it top, and handle at the same time. Ah, very satisfying solution.
The rest of the box is ash. And it looked a bit too paleface against the oak, so I fumed it in ammonia (which adds the “touch of death”, which I quite like, to the colour). The splines are oak which got fumed at the same time. The grain, I enhanced by filling with rottenstone.
Vintage oak and ash. Finished with Danish and a glass of wine.
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