A new brush presentation box "Gremlin"

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    cragglerock
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    Hi everyone.

    I’m relatively new here but I’ve been woodworking for a while and I like to make boxes in particular. I’m a brushmaker by trade and every year we sponsor a local exhibition in the best watercolour section. This is the winner’s prize. The box is mahogany and burr walnut filled with a set of pure sable watercolour brushes. The finish isn’t as good as I would like or normally produce but I had just one week to complete this due to the pressures from the day job and completing another box the week before to enter myself into said exhibition!

    The finish is just shellac sanding sealer and clear Harrells wax. I don’t usually name these pieces but I could see several faces of creatures in the veneer 🙂

    Cheers

    Craig

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    Dan Roper
    Participant

    Beautiful work! I especially like the edge banding.

    Good job,
    Dan

    Dan

    #136861
    Derek Long
    Participant

    Fantastic work.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #136869
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Wow! I mean, wow!

    I see a lion face and a turtle face.

    And all in one week? Youwzah!

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #136890
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    Beautiful work, both box and the brushes, “Congratulations” on what you made you should be proud and hope you did well at the exhibit.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #136892
    Wesley
    Participant

    That is nothing short of amazing. You did all of that edge banding and inlay work in one week? Please don’t take this the wrong way, but to me that box is more valuable than the brushes inside.

    Wesley

    #136893
    cragglerock
    Participant

    Thanks so much for your kind comments chaps, they’re very much appreciated and I’m humbled by them.

    Matt I saw the lion too! Enjoying your blog BTW.

    Wesley; you’re probably right in terms of time taken. In terms of materials the brushes win hands down because the box was made from an old stair handrail and some left over veneer from a previous box (picture attached)-never throw anything away right? 🙂

    The inlay isn’t too hard to do, you just need lots of patience and it’s very effective. If you think you’d like to try I’d encourage you to have a go.

    Craig

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    David R.
    Participant

    This is an astonishing box, Craig. Wonderful.

    Do you happen to know of any well done instructional videos on this kind of inlay work? I always wondered how it is done. It can’t be prohibitively complicated or time consuming if you have practice.

    David

    from Germany

    #136971
    dborn
    Participant

    I love the look of burls!! Is the box sides made of solid lumber?

    #136980
    cragglerock
    Participant

    Thanks again gentlemen.

    David; I haven’t looked for any videos but I’m sure there must be some. I bought two books by Andrew Crawford called “Book of Boxes” and “Fine decorative Boxes”. I learned the methods and adapted them for my own designs.

    dborn; Yes the sides are solid wood, I mostly work this way with my boxes.

    Cheers

    Craig

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