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A farewell gift box

As a farewell gift to a colleague a few of us bought a nice bottle of whiskey (or so I’m told).
Now since these bottles aren’t exactly cheap the packaging is quite nice, but nothing is quite as nice as a custom wooden box.
So I made one. the box itself is made from Marupa and Cambara and originally had a lid of the same materials with some nice inlay action.
Sadly I based my measurements of the website we ordered from and they turned out wrong.
So I had to remove the lid and make a new one. I had just bought some beautiful dark Wengé wood, so this would be a nice first project with it.

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Turned and carved spiral box

I quickly learned that once you start posting your work on Facebook and the word gets out, that you make stuff… people want you to make something for them. This gives me the opportunity to try out new techniques and in this case it allowed me to try some carving on a wood turned box.

It’s made from cherry, as you’ll soon discover in future posts, most of my stuff is. This isn’t really by choice, it’s just the supply of wood I have from a tree that was cut down by my dad a few years ago.

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