The Jewelry Box
Of all the things I have ever made, this is, by far, my favorite. The box is of solid walnut. The walnut came from an old (100+ years) barn in Illinois that my brother tore down. He found the rough walnut lumber being used as flooring in a workroom and sent it to me. I spent more time on this jewelry box than on anything I have ever built. I can no longer even begin to estimate how many hours I spent on it -- but it doesn't matter.
It was a labor of love -- love for the wood; love for the work, and Love for the Lady for whom it was made.
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|The box is approx 19 inches high and 15 inches wide. The two doors are very closely matched in grain pattern.|
|Just two more views.|
|The drawers are lined with red velvet, and some of the drawers are fashioned for their intended contents -- rings, earrings, etc.|
The little hooks that the chains hang on are hand carved.
The sections behind the
hanging chains are concave cuts.
|Two of her favorite pendants. I had them made for her. She especially liked the one on the left, and she wore it proudly. (Much to the consternation of a couple of her feminist friends.)|
|This was my favorite.
This is the reason why.
|I made the drawer pull hardware from scratch.
I cut the pieces from brass bar stock, then ground them to the desired
shape. When I had enough pieces that looked alike, I soldered PC board
stand-offs to the backs, then had them gold plated.
Another of her favorites. A charm for each
of the countries we visited.
|Walnut is a very rewarding wood -- the more you work it, the more it rewards you with the depths of its beauty.|
In a lifetime of woodworking projects that range through decks, storage sheds, kitchens, bookcases, tables and an assortment of other stuff, this is the one which stands above the pack. Nothing else I have ever done comes even close.