|Project by Andy||posted 04-11-2014 02:40 PM||3798 views||27 times favorited||62 comments|
The combination of the snake skin pattern on the top panel and the subtle shaping on the front and sides made me think of a snake. Thats when I decided to accentuate that feeling by adding a serpent to the interior. I hesitated and reworked the pieces over and over because it kept coming across as too cartoonish. I feel it still does to some extent, but it may be that I just cant see this with an impartial and fresh view. What do you think?
Body is wenge
Top panel is figured myrtlewood
Splines are bloodwood
Band across the bottom is bamboo
The stuttering inlay strip is wenge and maple and is a new feature for me.
The Handle is new to me: Bamboo, maple, bloodwood in wenge that runs front to back to contrast with the grain direction on the lid. The metal insets are solid brass pins and two sizes of medallions of copper, german silver, and brass.
Last Picture: These hinge pins are something new. When I ordered medallions for the handle accents I saw that they had ones without a center pin. I decided to insert this in the body and then center drill through to the lid, then I would insert the proper sized pin as the hinge through the medallion and glue it in the lid. The medallion is fixed in the body and the pin is only fixed to the lid. It works very smooth.
Here is where I got the medallions http://jantzsupply.com/
Photos: Wenge is unflattering in most photos. It sucks out the light and the pores look bad up close. In real life very little brown shows up and the pores are fine. Its one of my favorite woods with its great texture and strong grain, and of course its hard to beat for its contrast. This box looks so much better in real life!
The trays are myrtlewood. Two were cut out as rings on the bandsaw and the other was scooped out with various tool to form a tray. They all snap in tight against the snake.
The snake has a cocobolo head and wenge body. The cutouts are to serve as ring or earring holders…or whatever. Mosaics serve as eyes.
What do you think?
-- If I can do it, so can you.