|Project by TheBrokeYoke||posted 03-19-2014 03:00 PM||1327 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This stack of boxes resides in my office, and has been growing for a number of years. Currently there are 107 in the display, with 3 more in my shop waiting finishing. They are about 3.5 inches cubed, with a bottom that allows them to be stacked easily and securely into the next. Most are simply finished with a coat of tung oil.
Originally they were a simple project to use up some scraps of pretty wood that had no other purpose other than burning. I think folks on this site understand how stuff like this gets out of hand in a hurry…. As my friend Chad says, “Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.” Hence, I now have about 110 of these boxes, and I’m unlikely to stop anywhere soon. I wrote a blog about this recently, a part of which explains the sources of the wood and the stories they hold.
“I have boxes from the tree I used to play in as a child; the tree outside of my college dorm room window; several from trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness; exotic wood from a casket maker in Nicaragua, as well as exotics from the local Rockler store. I have wood that came from the same tree that I built my own cremation urn from, and wood from the milking barn of the farm where my wife grew up. Trees that died 35,000 years before I was born, trees from my youth, from my adolescence, from these my middle years, and some borrowed from trees that will long outlive me.”
If you want to read the full blog, it is on Lumberjocks here: http://lumberjocks.com/TheBrokeYoke/blog/40344#comment-1799819
Keep your fingers…Greg
-- Greg, from the Broke Yoke workshop