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Project by Ellen posted 08-04-2008 01:48 AM 4680 views 35 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I had uploaded this earlier, but I am mistaken! This is a box that I created to accentuate the “curl” in some curly cherry wood I found. This is one of my favorites. The wood is the real stand out here.

The legs mock the curl in the cherry and are made of Bubinga. The lid is made of tiger maple and slides back to reveal the vessel. This looks fragile, but is surprisingly sturdy.

It stands about 11 inches tall. This is all sanded to 3000 grit and my favorite tung oil is applied.

Thanks for any and all feedback.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 08-04-2008 01:51 AM

Absolutely stunning piece of art. I really like the design and your execution is superb. Thank you for sharing Ellen.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-04-2008 02:07 AM

ellen you are amazing , this is a beautiful piece of art.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 08-04-2008 02:11 AM

Ellen, this is fantastic! Love the grain in the cherry, and the design.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 08-04-2008 02:26 AM

Certainly a different take on what to do with the sapwood in cherry, and another gorgeous sculptural piece!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 08-04-2008 02:33 AM

I thought I’d seen this before until opened up the pix. Definitely new to me!
beautiful.. beautiful.. beautiful..
very artistic, skilled….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-04-2008 02:50 AM

AH ... you did it again … stunning!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#7 posted 08-04-2008 03:00 AM

Fantastic! How did you attach the legs to the body?

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#8 posted 08-04-2008 03:03 AM

WOW nice work!!!

-- Hrolfr

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#9 posted 08-04-2008 03:19 AM

Awesome…I love your work…so very artistic and imaginative. I ditto Marcel – how did you attach the legs?
Thanks for sharing.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 08-04-2008 03:22 AM

The legs were attached with 2 dowel rods per leg. Glue and dowel rods work best to ensure a bond that will last.

Thanks for asking!

-- Ellen --

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#11 posted 08-04-2008 03:30 AM

Very impressive, you are a true artist in your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 08-04-2008 03:33 AM

Very nice, that is beautiful.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#13 posted 08-04-2008 04:03 AM

So many times we take wood and make something that looks wooden.

It takes a special talent to take the same wood and create a piece that captures the beauty of the wood and yet the wood takes a back seat. Your ability to reveal the ‘eye of the wood’ is something I have been trying to accomplish (albiet unsuccessfully) and continue to struggle to attain.


-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#14 posted 08-04-2008 04:16 AM

one heck of a way to use a small amount of spectacular wood. flawless finish. like glass smooth.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 08-04-2008 05:16 AM

I just love your free form projects its really unique I like stuff that comes from your imagination and heart.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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