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April 2013

Bird Puzzle

This is a puzzle for young jigsaw lovers. It is unfinished so the owner can apply the decoration. (Sold)

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The Snake Box

 

Heart and initials

This box is made from cherry and is one of the early ones. (sold)

Bean String Business Card Holder

I was playing with shapes on the front of this piece and when I was finished it reminded me of a string of beans.  The front and back are maple and the sides are walnut. Price $20.00

The Cat Freeform Box

 

This box is made from cherry and walnut and I nicknames it 'the cat.' (sold)

Butterfly Box

 

Heart and initials

This box is made from walnut and basswood.  The lid is chip carved. (sold)

Three Grains Business Card Holder

The shapes on the front of this reminded me of grains of rice, or wheat. The top and bottom are maple and the sides are mahogany. Price $20.00

Paper-Clip Box

 

This box is made of purpleheart and cherry and is made from a scrap left over after I made a bigger box. (sold)

Hidden Curve Box

 

This box is walnut and I made a few for Christmas presents. From the outside it looks like a standard, square box. The inside is a freeform shape. surprise! (sold)

Jatoba and Maple Box

A friend was lucky enough to obtain some jatoba, also called Brazilian Cherry.  He offered me one of the boards and this is the first box I have made from it.  There will be at least one more. it is a gorgeous wood to work with a deep rich colour and for contrast I was able to find a piece of curly maple to use for the bottom. Price $60.00

Maple Box

Although the body and the lid of this box are both hard maple, the figure and colour is quite different.  I have been looking at the piece that became the lid for quite some time, waiting for a project to properly show it off. The splines are walnut for contrast. Price $40.00

Whimsy

Sometimes it's fun to just sit down and play with curves on the band saw. This is the result of one such session. It is unfinished and might be a good box for a child to paint. The material is part of a spruce 2X4. Price $10.00

Duck Box

This box is of unfinished spruce giving the owner an opportunity to draw on it, paint it or carve it.  Price $10.00

Tree Business Card Holder

This design gave me a chance to try out some very fine lines with the scroll saw. The box is made from maple and mahogany. These card holders take about 5 business cards depending on the weight of the stock used in the cards. Price $20.00 

Tiny Box

 

This tiny box was made from scraps of ash and purple heart that came from the first bandsawn box I made. The drawers are less than an inch across. (sold)

Fish Bandsaw Box

 

Heart and initials

This box, again made from poplar, was made at the same time as the turtle and I think I sold it to the same person. (sold)

Turtle Box

 

This box. made from poplar is one of my favourites and I was very pleased when a friend bought it for her daughter. (sold)

Comedy Tragedy Mask Box

 

Heart and initials

This box was made for the 2 X 4 constest held by the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society.  Many who enter their work use the same number of board feet as are in a standard framing 2 X 4.  I decided to use an authentic framing 2 X 4.  I was wondering what I could make when I looked up and  above my desk hung the two  ceramic comedy/ tragedy masks that I received as a gift many years ago. They gave me the design idea for this box. (sold)

Duck Business Card Holder

Two other students and I are in a class making maple workbenches.  One night I was offered 20 offcuts all 1/8 of an inch thick.  I didn't know what I was going to use them for but knew they were worth saving from the burn bin.  My first thought was box bottoms but when I discovered the business card boxes I knew exactly how to use the maple. I searched around for small patterns to put on the front. A duck is probably a bit weird but it might appeal to someone. The sides of this holder are purpleheart. Price $20.00

Ash and Purple Heart Boxes

 

This box, made from ash and purple heart, opened my eyes to the possibilities of making boxes with a band saw. It took me a while to understand just how the box was put together but once I understood the basic concept I began to create my own designs. (sold)

Cedar Freeform Box

I bought a cedar post to make puzzle boxes and had some left over.  This box is the result.  It features a walnut handle on the lid. Price $20.00

Small Spruce Box

I always seem to have bits of 2X4 hanging around the shop.  I decided to use some of it by making a few boxes and leaving them unfinished so the owner can use their own design to complete the box. This little box could hold a few pairs or earrrings. The body of the box is spruce but I found a nice piece of fir for the lid.  This box and its companions sell for $10.00.

Red Oak and Walnut Box

I meant to make a series of boxes all the same, small and about 2 inches square. Because I found many other pieces of wood in different dimensions this is box is lonely at the moment.  I have never worked with red oak before and I was quite happy with the way this box turned out.  I've used mitered corners reinforced with walnut splines to match the lid. Price $30.00

Cherry and Walnut Box

I'm pleased with this box.  It was one of the first that I made using the table saw. I cut the stock to size, created the mitered corners, cut the slots for the splines and  cut the rabbet on the lid all with the table saw. Before this project the only thing I would use the table saw for was cross-cutting with a sled. Price $50.00

Poplar Drawer Box

 

This box is one of the early bandsawn boxes made from poplar. (sold)

Purpleheart and Cherry Box

Purpleheart is a difficult wood to work.  It is brittle, has large pores and leaves purple dust everywhere;  nonetheless, there is nothing like the surprise when I tell someone that the wood is not dyed: that's just the colour of it.  I have a friend who absolutely hates purpleheart.  As a result I have salvaged quite a bit from his 'burn bin.'  I'll be able to keep using it for boxes or accents for some time. Instead of using purpleheart for the lid I used it for the body of the box and chose cherry for the lid. Price $40.00

 

SOLD

Pencil Boxes

Heart and initials

These boxes are made of a variety of woods, roasted maple, fir and poplar to name a few.  The boxes were made as parting gifts for my colleagues in the English department when I retired. Teachers can always use pencil holders.

Three-leaf business card holder

Business card holder with three leaves scroll-sawn into the top.

One of my new offerings for the Calgary Retired Teachers Art Show in 2013 is a series of wooden holders for business cards.  The idea came from Charles Mac in an article in Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement.  I was delighted with the idea because it permits me to use up many small pieces of scrap. The three-leaf card holder gave me a chance to practice my scroll-sawing skills and it seems to be one of the more popular designs.  These card holders sell for $20.00.

 

SOLD

 

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