Leopard Shows His Spots

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Project by longgone posted 09-09-2013 10:55 PM 1648 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this Leopardwood sitting in my lumber rack for a good while and almost forgot about it…that’s OK because it didn’t spoil and it didn’t loose its spots.

For some reason I always hinge my boxes on the long side ( I guess it is because I am a southpaw) and decided, at the suggestion of my wife to hinge it on the narrower end. Kinda like it and it gave me some different proportions to use for creating the designs.

7” wide x 10’ deep and 3.927” tall

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 11:11 PM

Great craftsmanship as always.

It will be interesting to see if different lids types do better or worse. Keep us posted. Hope you sell out.

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

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 11:50 PM

Lovely box. I always have a hard time carving the lacewood. It’s got such character all by it’s self, but you have done this board proud.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 12:23 AM

The hinge on the short side works really well with the way you sculpted this one. Love the leopardwood! The underside of the lid is really spectacular figure.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 12:44 AM

Wonderful design, you really want to hold it

-- Norman

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 12:48 AM

Very nice Greg

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 12:50 AM

Greg, again and again looks like you’re having fun!

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 12:55 AM

Sometimes it actually pays to listen to the wife. Beautiful box!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 09-10-2013 02:55 AM

ever made a video of making one of your amazing boxes…this might be a beginners question, but I’m baffled as to how you create these amazing pieces. Totally understand if you don’t want to share your techniques.

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#9 posted 09-10-2013 04:02 AM

Amazing! Although I love some of your recent offerings, it’s good to see your wild side again!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 04:53 AM

Looks great!|

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 05:11 AM

Thanks everyone…It has definitely been a marathon lately but I am as prepared for the show as much as possible. Looking forward to it.

Monte…I will be interested to see the response to the hinge configuration. something different from the usual…

JoeyG…you are so right…the Leopardwood is difficult to sculpt and it contributed a few splinters to my collection… but the results make it worthwhile.

Andy…thanks…I like the hinge on the short side because it is different if nothing else. I guess there is no rule book for being unique.


Randy…much appreciated…

Thomas….Always having fun…! After all, isn’t that what life is all about?

tefinn…she is always right

mikeinsf… I have never owned a video camera but the process is not that difficult. I rough it out with an angle grinder with a rubber backing pad and disc. Then further shape and refine the curves with a Foredom electric carver and then hand sand carefully following the grain until I get the desired results. Concentration and lots of practice is what has worked for me.

Mark…the sculpting is absolutely my favorite style.


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#12 posted 09-10-2013 09:06 AM

Your work is always amazing…. I can tell by the pic who it is before even looking down at the name. I have been dying to try this. I’m almost done with our construction on the front of the house and the gate and Blondies Bridal Chest which will free up some time to learn this syle of box making. Expect a phone call for help LOL

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

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 11:01 AM

Wow Greg, another awesome box, beautiful sculpting and colour in the wood and easy to see how you named it as you did…awesome box.

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

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 12:39 PM

Way kool, as always Greg. Your boxes are amazing in every way.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 03:50 PM

Another very nice box for your inventory; and, this one adds a nice touch of variety with the way the lid opens.

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

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