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This box is from a deadfall Ash from our woods. The tree had stood dead, all the branches and most of the bark had fallen off. for 4 years. The ice storms last December brought it down. I was astounded by the color difference between this and a living Ash cut fresh. Unfinished it was a bit lighter than Butternut but when the mineral oil hit it this wood soaked it up big time. Very splintery (is that a word?) and full of light checks but turned OK. Just wanted to share! Just about any wood has potential!...Bill...:thumbsup:
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Another nice box bill, i do like the colour nice and rich, amazing how some woods that look plain can change so much with a bit of oil or some form of finish, don't like the finial as in the marks and i would leave the top just to a point but thats just me, the rest of the finial fine, like the bead work, and why the 2008 different on the bottom looks hand done unlike the last.
Glad you got on here bill, nice to see a guy that is into his boxes, have you seen John Berkeley's stuff, He's a really nice bloke as well. Raffin got me into boxes. He has cost me a small fortune. LB..

http://www.johnberkeley.co.uk/index.html
 

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Daren, I really enjoyed your site! Your process is something I have been thinking about for years, but have never quite reached the point of investing the time needed. Wish you were only a mile or two away from me! No, no...Distance is required, or I would be spending all my $$ with you..LB thanks for the comments and enjoyed John's site. I really loved the threaded apple box on the first pabe. There is some astounding talent out there. The short finial that "was" topping off this box snapped off from the lid just as I was finishing it off. I'd been practising and trying to learn the skew so I had about 50 small finials lying around and selected/attached one of them as a replacement....Bill...
 

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I was turning a vase a few days back and skewed up myself cut brused my finger and naft that vase, had to save something of it and was able to make a small box out of what i could save yesterday then come to max a small finial out of boxwood and the dame thing snapped just before i finished it, dam finger getting in the way, not happy with my skew just now, you can practice all you want and still do daft things. LB. Glad you liked johns stuff.
 
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