I recently received a piece of curly koa I ordered in the mail
Upon opening it i realized this is one of the most figured woods I had ever held in my hands.
The curls and the variations in color tones was incredible. The most spectacular I have ever seen!
I honestly did not want to cut into this piece.
A few hours later I went out for errands and stopped at borders to get a coffee and see if there were any new woodworking magazines I didnt have. I took a walk through the woodworking book section and being the box maker I am I had to open up the book “the new masters of the wooden box”.
I flipped through the book admiring the craftsmanship in the boxes shown and out of the blue I had a design in my mind. A new one. A fresh one. One that properly shows off the koa.
I am happy to say that design in in the shop wrapped up in tape and drying.
The moral of this is that inspiration may come from something as simple as looking at things someone else has made that isnt remotely connected to the design you come up with.
So keep your eyes peeled people. You never know where that stroke of brilliance will come from.
I will be posting pictures of the project soon.
Keep making dust people
-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~