The Thulean Box

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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 11-02-2013 06:48 PM 1941 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks

This captivatiing box is a collaboration with Bethan Englefield and the design was inspired by the Giants Causeway. The Thulean Plateau was a great basaltic lava plain that existed during the Paleogene Period. This plateau was broken up during the formation of the Atlantic Ocean leaving remnants existing in Northern Ireland – It is the origin of the Giant’s Causeway. Bethan not only designed the marquetry but cut and assembled it with her own hands. It was then passed to me as thin sheets of veneers called overlays or layons and I brought it to life as the Thulean. The Causeway theme continues inside with a rich lava coloured suede and lamb nappa. The Thulean is fitted with the Neat team hardware and finished with a satin finish.



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#1 posted 11-02-2013 07:08 PM

Tasteful and intelligent interpretation. Beautiful box, excellently executed. I like the allusion to the lava that created the Causeway by the use of an orange interior. Its appearance (orange that is) on the outside conveys a feeling of a living object.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 11-02-2013 07:17 PM

Ian, Beautifully themed and crafted ! Love the choices of woods, and color. Your work is wonderfully succinct and detailed.- – beautiful !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 07:20 PM

Hello IAn

The better box I have ever seen

Great work
I love it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 07:51 PM

Always a delight to see your latest piece. The ever-perfect joinery, the fine finish, the integration of message and material. The tray is lovely, and the neat hardware shines in it’s function. Lovely work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 09:01 PM


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#6 posted 11-02-2013 09:24 PM

Wow! Definitely one of the most beautiful boxes I’ve ever seen. Amazing work!

-- David

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 09:33 PM

This is a real beauty. The outside is very fun, and elegant at the same time, and the brite orange inner really makes it pop when it’s opened.

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

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 10:32 PM

Very attractive!

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

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 11:56 PM

Great box Ian, you’ve really hit the nail on the head with this one!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-03-2013 12:15 AM

VERY nice! Your joinery is almost invisible. The interior design is a perfect complement to a beautiful box.

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

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#11 posted 11-03-2013 12:49 AM

Very lovely box, interior is very well done.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 11-03-2013 01:05 AM

Where did you get those hinges?

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#13 posted 11-03-2013 01:51 AM

Stunningly beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 11-03-2013 07:46 AM

Thanks guys very kind words – Trevor hinges are designed and sold by myself along with a matching lock called the Neat team, keep an eye out on my news page as I have re-designed the stop system which will make it the worlds best box hinge


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#15 posted 11-03-2013 09:23 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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