Rustic Louisiana Sinker Cypress Box

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Project by longgone posted 01-01-2014 10:52 PM 2518 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed the commissions I have been working on since the show at the beginning of December and now have some time to build some more boxes.
This first one was just completed today. It is 11×7x5” Sinker Cypress with an Ostrich leather lined interior. I tried to get a driftwood finish and it doesn’t show as well in the photos as it does sittin on my worktable.

It is more enjoyable to design, build and sell my work as a what-you-see-is-what-you-get scenario at the shows…but I sometimes find it difficult to say no to some special requests.

I just finished mentally designing a new display for the shows that start in March and need to get the lumber for it next week…This will be the 5th display I have built. I feel that how my work is displayed is very important…but I also need to work it in with my box building.

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 10:55 PM

Oh I’m sure that whatever you come up with, it’ll be amazing. Keep on keepin on Greg.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 10:57 PM

Great when you can do all of the above! Can’t wait to see your next evolution. Have a wonderful new year and some “Duck Gumbo!”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 11:05 PM

Roger…thanks…I hope to meet you at the St James Court Show this year if it is not rained out again. They sent me a letter saying I was Jury Exempt because of my on site jury scores.

Thomas…When you have a lot to do the best thing is to just get started and do it. So far the new year is great…but I haven’t had gumbo since last night…

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 11:11 PM

Awesome job. Just love the colors and grain in it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 11:12 PM

Can you explain “juried exempt” for me?


And for your words of wisdom.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-01-2014 11:27 PM

Wow, awesome job! Love the grain of the wood

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 01-01-2014 11:34 PM

Hello Monte…thanks & Happy new year…!

Thomas… The shows that I apply for require a Jury process to be accepted. They are not shows that automatically accept you just because you pay a booth fee. I was automatically invited again because my on-site jury scores were high enough.
I consider this quite a compliment and honor. I still pay the application and booth fees and am glad to do so for such a great show.

hoss…thanks…the sinker cypress has some really nice grain and provides me with a lot to work with.

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#8 posted 01-01-2014 11:43 PM

Beautiful work, Greg! Need your recipe for the hinge. Does the lid stop at 95 degrees?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 12:13 AM

That sinker cypress and your finish produce a beautiful box, and the ostrich leather liner is a perfect match.

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

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 01:13 AM

John… the hinge is just a 1/8” brass rod cut to about 2.5’ in length and covered with a plug. A very simple process that I have used for many boxes. The lid does stop around +- 95 degrees. The back of the lid acts as a stop because I put a slight 5 degree bevel on it.

HilbillyShooter…thanks…the sinker cypress is one of my favorite local woods. Using different leathers has become my favorite way of lining the bottoms.

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#11 posted 01-02-2014 01:42 AM

Greg, nice work as always. I like your more restrained carving
and finishing techniques. Beautiful job. Your work always evolves…so of course your display area is going to change as well. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 01-02-2014 02:13 AM

Greg; It definitely has that driftwood finish. You always amaze us with your designs. Happy new year and may your sales be great.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#13 posted 01-02-2014 02:15 AM

Another great sinker box!

I had shrimp and gumbo last night as well (and I’m gonna have it again tomorrow!

I’ve never had duck gumbo but my mom used to make pigeon gumbo!

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

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#14 posted 01-02-2014 02:20 AM

Another winner Greg! I was watching an episode of Ax Men on TV the other night and that guy Shelby the Swamp Man, that lives somewhere near Pontchatoula was grabbing some sinker cypress out of the bayou or lake Pontchartrain. After seeing what it take to recover it – I can see why it’s priced as high as hen’s teeth.

Happy New Year to you and the family.

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

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#15 posted 01-02-2014 02:34 AM

well i see that my joke worked, i took some cypress from alabama and sent it down the river for you to find, and you thought it was from louisiana….lol….i sure love that wood greg, and glad to see you making more boxes, this one sure is a beauty…..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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