|Project by shipwright||posted 03-25-2014 12:07 AM||3963 views||41 times favorited||88 comments|
A friend gave me about a dozen sheets of this veneer a while ago and it immediately reminded me of an old parchment chart, the kind you see in movies about buried pirate treasure. It has been an idea in the back of my mind for about a year but recently I discovered a perfect use for such a marquetry theme. I have acquired the 21st century version of navigational charts and thought this would make a fine motif to go on a box to house them on board Friendship.
The box will carry my iPad, with Bad Elf gps, associated items and a small solar charger to help with battery charging when I’m off the grid.
The box is much like many others I have posted. Please forgive the unfinished hinges. I will glue in the final splines when the box is back home in the moist air of the Pacific coast. I don’t want to have the catch swell up and have no way to open the box. (The hinges are blogged here.)
The marquetry on the one I will use features the only piece of thin sliced veneer (Padauk) that I bought in Paris when I bought my thick, sawn material. It was so pretty I just couldn’t resist. The burl itself is olive and other woods used include Pelin Burl, Ipe, Holly, Koa and a little dyed grey.
The ship and the compass rose are just cut from the olive burl, sand shaded and replaced. You can see the grain running right through them.
I tried an interesting twist on the front of the boxes. As sand shading such small pieces in this thin veneer is so difficult, I did all the shading on these panels with a charcoal pencil. (Thanks Ken) I like the effect and it is much easier on tiny pieces.
The interiors are Pao Ferro on the Padauk box and Pelin Burl on the Ipe box. The bodies are BB plywood and the lapped edges are dyed Poplar.
And oh yes, there is a catch. I will do a blog on it if anyone is interested.
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/