Aged Louisiana sinker Cypress Box

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Project by longgone posted 11-20-2013 08:45 PM 3277 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These Louisiana sinker Cypress boxes have done well at the shows…so I am making a bunch more for my upcoming show in December. I find it to be a good mix along with my sculpted boxes since many people will purchase a lower priced box that would otherwise not buy.

The box is 10×7x5 and is not sealed with any finish. I have found that the sealers I have experimented with take away from the weathered and rustic look.

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 09:15 PM

Greg, these cypress boxes look good. What price point are you shooting for with these?

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 09:39 PM

Very nice box Greg….simple lines compared to your sculpted boxes but a beautiful box all the same.

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 09:42 PM

Wow are we thinking the same or what? Beautiful work

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 10:04 PM

wowzzzya, greg that is a beauty, i love that wood, and the shape you got on this one is right on, love it, so have you got a pile of this cypress or what…do you have someone who is bringing this up from the river bottoms..thats got to be tough work…..for sure

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 10:10 PM

That is another beauty and I agree with not putting a finish on these ,that would be a shame.
Love the grain pattern.

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 10:29 PM

Cypress a great a wood to work. Seems to always have good lines when you cut into it. I think your simple box is beautiful. We are lucky in Ky. to have some Cypress trees. Ours is not sinker stuff but still has fine character. I do wonder at your sculptured boxes. Would like try one someday.

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 10:47 PM

Great looking box—the simplicity of the design really lets the beauty of the wood do all the talking! Great looking liner.

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#8 posted 11-20-2013 11:28 PM

Greg – You really know how to let the wood do it’s own thing. I really like this box. It’s just right for the aged cypress.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 11-20-2013 11:48 PM

That Louisiana Cypress is beautiful along with the box shape and design. Well done!


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#10 posted 11-21-2013 12:32 AM

Nice Greg

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 12:51 AM

Loving the boxes made from this wood! They have a very aged look to them. This one could be a thousand years old from it’s looks. Maybe found in an antiquities shop in the Middle East.

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

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 01:04 AM

Love the shape and grain, nice work.

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 01:20 AM

Damn your good!

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#14 posted 11-21-2013 01:35 AM


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#15 posted 11-21-2013 01:47 AM

Thanks everyone…! I am making a bunch of these for the show and they are relatively fast and simple to make. I like the sinker cypress and it is good to be able to use some very old local lumber.

rance…I sell these from $150 to $395…depending on whether or not it is sculpted and how much sculpting is done.

Dave…thanks…a great piece of lumber always is inspiring and helps the creative process.

woodmaestro…your box looks very nice…what type of wood is it? You should post it as a project.

hey grizzman…! I hope you and Susan are doing good… I do have a good supply of this cypress. It is so much nicer than new growth cypress…I definitely would not retrieve it from the bayou or swamp myself…entirely different from just cutting a tree and getting it to the sawmill. The moisture content was around 65% when i first got it…takes a while to dry it to below 10%

Kiefer…you are right…a finish just takes away from the look and feel of it…

poopleasures…glad to hear you have some good cypress in KY…I wonder how different it is from Louisiana wife and I have 8 cypress trees next to our driveway and we planted some Arizona Cypress trees last year…but they are nothing like sinker.

HillbillyShooter….I like it when the wood talks and all i have to do is listen …

MarktheFiddler…the wood is doing its own thing…I just provide the helping hands…

Bentwood…thanks… I just found out that my wife and I are doing the Woodlands Waterway Art Show in April. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you can…heck, you might even be doing the show also…first time there for us.

Randy…thanks..! How are your shows doing? Your work always gets nicer each time you post a project…

tenfinn…the box is new but the wood sure has a great history behind it and being that it was underwater for 150+ years and many hundreds of years old before being cut down…it might be easing up on that 1000 years… I doubt that my boxes will ever be found in an antique shop in the future…but they just might be found at a garage sale or a flea market after I go belly-up.


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