Textured Louisiana sinker Cypress Box

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Project by Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor posted 141 days ago 1131 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sinker cypress box had been glued together for a few weeks and put on the shelf because I was playing around with the Bamboo boxes and the Cocobolo box. Well today got it completed.
I like the aged and weathered look and they sell good at the shows. The bottom is lined with the gator leather and the box is buffed and sealed with wax. I did not want to use lacquer on this one.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#1 posted 141 days ago

very cool, your boxes are always so unique, great work

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#2 posted 141 days ago

Great looking box Greg – I’ve got to try one of those one day (minus the sculpting).

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

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#3 posted 141 days ago


This one must be really Cajan as it seems to be dancing to music and yellin Mo Gumbo! Cyprus, alligator leather and you!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 141 days ago

Greg, I like the shaping on this one a LOT. I also like the stepped routing that form the legs. Again, very well designed and executed.

I looked for alligator while I was at the fabric store and ran across some simulated gator, dyed red. Do you use the real thing or is it the same as I’ve found?

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#5 posted 141 days ago

this one catches my eye..super wood..great look

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#6 posted 141 days ago

Wonderful sculpting once again, I can see why you like that sinker cypress. Rance, I think that Greg just
pulls up a few alligators when he is pulling up all the sinker cypress he is using, but he can not admit it or
the game warden and tree wardens would be all over him. ;<) Thank you once again for sharing your art with

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 141 days ago

Beautiful wood, great work

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#8 posted 141 days ago

Mighty fine work. The wood almost looks like a section of Ponderosa Pine bark. Glad you got around to finishing this one.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#9 posted 141 days ago

I really like this one Greg. Course, I’ve said that with every single box you’ve built.

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

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#10 posted 141 days ago

Honestly, I like your untextured sinker cypress better but this one is nice and is “different” from your others.

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

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#11 posted 141 days ago

Wow, absolutely beautiful. Great job buddy

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#12 posted 141 days ago

That’s cypress alright! Very familiar with it. Sculpting really brought out some interesting and attractive grain patterns. Nice one!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#13 posted 141 days ago

That’s a nice one Greg
I like how the grain shows and flows nicely at the mitres .
That’s a winner for sure .

-- Kiefer 松

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 141 days ago

I always sincerely appreciate the feedback that everyone takes the time to post. Thanks so very much…!

Although each wood type has its own characteristics and beauty, the sinker cypress is special to me because of it being a local wood and has been submerged in the swamps for so very many years. There are many other great woods with fantastic grain and color throughout the world…but variety is also a key to keep things interesting.

rance…I use some genuine alligator leather but I also use some simulated leather also. The processed alligator hide is very expensive (about 20 times more expensive than leather) and not something I run across that often.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#15 posted 140 days ago

What a unique grain, very nice Greg.

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