First marquetry box

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Project by Bram Sibma posted 172 days ago 736 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first marquetry box. Being inspired by Silas Kopf, Patrick Edwards, Patrice Lejeune and a lot of other artists.
Although they use other techniques, I have used the window method.
I also used extra brass plates to make the normal brass hinges into stop hinges. I was inspired by 19th century boxes which seem to have similar hinges.

-- Bram Sibma, The Netherlands,

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#1 posted 172 days ago

Lovely box. Well done.

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#2 posted 172 days ago

Very nicely done Bram. Welcome to marquetry (beware: very habit forming)
I like the wrap around design. It reminds me of one of my first pieces.
I also like the hinge treatment, good one.
Lastly I whole heartedly approve of your list of inspirational artists / craftsmen. I haven’t met Silas but I can vouch for Patrick and Patrice as great teachers as well as talented artisans.

I look forward to your next piece.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 172 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 172 days ago

I like your craftsmanship and am very interested how you did the hinges – unfortunately due to problems with the site I cannot zoom in to the hinge picture, only the first pic zooms in. Could you show us how you did this?

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#5 posted 172 days ago

Too good for first time!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 172 days ago

Wow, just beautiful! I love how the flowers wrap down the sides. Care to share what woods you used?

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#7 posted 172 days ago

Greg: I used Cherry, Sycamore, Satine Pommele and Purpleheart veneer.

-- Bram Sibma, The Netherlands,

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#8 posted 172 days ago

The box looks amazing, you did an amazing job on it

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#9 posted 172 days ago

This is beautiful and very well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 169 days ago

Your box looks fantastic. The intricate marquetry really stand out. Attractive wood colors and great finish. Impressive work!

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