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Northwest29

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1085 days ago

Greetings all,

I am a newbie to this forum and this is my first posting. I have been looking through the completed projects posted and am very amazed at the quality of craftsmanship I have seen. Certainly something for me to aspire to.

I was particularly struck by the beauty and unusualness of boxes, especially those in the Andrew Crawford style. After looking around the forum a bit more I see that some of you very fortuante folks have had the opportunity to cross the ‘pond’ and attend one of Andrew’s workshops. That is something I will have to put on my ‘maybe someday list’.

But I digress, I am seeking information regarding Andrew’s boxes, that is, books, web sites, tutorials, etc that would help me get started on the goal of making one of his boxes, or at least giving it a good try. I’m not sure that I actually have the patience required, but until I try I won’t know. So, if there are some Lumber Jocks on the forum that can get me going in the right direction I would be most appreciative.

Thanking you in advance for anyinformation that you are willing to share.

Ron
Eugene, OR

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."


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WayneC

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#1 posted 1084 days ago

Will bump this up to see if any of the boxmaking guys are around. Welcome to the forums. I grew up in the Leaburg area.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 1084 days ago

Here you go, and enjoy AC web site…http://www.fine-boxes.com/courses/courses/weekends

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1084 days ago

Thanks BC, I knew someone would have info…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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rustynails

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#4 posted 1084 days ago

He has two books out as well that you may find interesting they are as follows:
(Both are out of print but can be found or gotten at the library)

•Fine Decorative Wood Boxes / ISBN-13: 978-1402703171
•The Book of Boxes: The Complete Practical Guide to Design and Construction / ISBN-13: 978-1561382903

Richard

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tomd

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#5 posted 1084 days ago

I purchased the Book of Boxes at Amazon for $2.75 the shipping was more than the book, but it is a good book to get started. It is the basic how to for boxes, Crawford style.

-- Tom D

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Northwest29

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#6 posted 1083 days ago

Thank you all for your input you’ve given me a good start.

Ron
Eugene, OR

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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RogerBean

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#7 posted 1083 days ago

Ron,
Delighted to hear of yet another AC fan out there. I began less than two years ago, just as you are, when I ran across his first book. I was soon hooked, and most of my projects since then have been boxes. My approach is that if one wishes to be guided by the work of another craftsman, why not pick the best. And, I do believe that AC is likely to be the best box maker in the world. There are many fine craftsmen, but I know of no one better, certainly within his general style. Get both books (from Amazon or Alibris). They are different, and even the parts that are duplicated are helpful in explaining a topic more than one way. I have read mine many, many times. So, best of luck, and I look forward to your future posts!
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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rustynails

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#8 posted 1083 days ago

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Roger in looking at some of your work you have learned well and I am sure have made Andrew Crawford proud as well in learning his box making techniques.

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Northwest29

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#9 posted 1083 days ago

Roger, I think your approach in learning from the best is a very sound one. I have seen your work on the forum and it certainly appears that you have been an excellent student.

While I am very intrigued by AC’s incredible work, it will be a long time before I can create anything that would be close to his boxes. There is a signature line from someone on the forum, which is a quote, that would be most appropriate for me with regards to AC’s work.

”—I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Van Gogh

I have taken the advise of those suggestng books and purchased AC’s ‘The Book of Boxes’. That should give me quite a bit to ponder before attempting anything. Later I will acquire his other book.

Again, thank you all for your positive input to a newbie.

Lastly, Tomd – your boxes look might darn good to me to.

Waiting for the postman …...

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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