This is a grouping of one of my most popular boxes, which I call Teardrop. It was originally conceived about 35 years ago and I continue to make them to this day. The simple, clean lines and delicate curves of this box, with the tapered point make it surprisingly quite challenging to turn. It is a box that I have frequently demonstrated making, at symposiums and workshops, so if you have been to any of those, this box will be familiar to you. I was surprised to see that it had never been shared on here and I can’t believe that I overlooked it.
The box is made from African blackwood and is approximately 2.25″-3″ in diameter by 3.25-4.25″ high.
This box is over 10 years old now and shows the very organic texturing along the sides that I was developing at that time. The top and underside was highly polished and it sat in a raised ring with its surface lightly engraved. The round, ball feet are in tulipwood (Dalbergia decipularis). Many people are surprised when they see that name. It is a tree from a very small area of Brazil and is not to be confused with American Tulipwood.
It's intriguing to think where it is now.
African blackwood, turned, carved and textured, Tulipwood, turned. Approximately 3.3" diameter, 6" high.
This 'Golfer's Dream' box is a progression from the piece 'Teed Off' that I posted last week. It can be interesting to see how ideas can develop. This box can be lifted out of its base, which is a contrast of organically textured and carved sides with a highly polished top. The box itself is crowned with carved petals that hold the textured cap and 'tee' with its vegetable ivory 'golf ball'.
African blackwood, turned, carved and textured, tagua nut, turned. Size approximately 3 1/2" square and approximately 6.5" high. Sold
When I am thinking of making boxes I try to avoid taking design elements for granted. For example a box doesn't need to have a flat bottom, nor does it necessarily have to sit upright. This is a box, with the golfer's 'tee' shape acting as a pull for the 'lid',. The stem of the flower is hollow. This piece was made in approximately 2002 and is approximately 6" long with a diameter of the petals of approximately 3". It is made from African blackwood and is turned, carved and textured .
The design of this piece can be traced back to one of my earliest turned boxes. That piece took its inspiration from my close connection to traditional furniture that I worked closely with in my restoration work. We still own the original box, made all those 30+ years ago in brown oak though the form has evolved since then to be more generous in its curves.
I still make this box from time to time, larger than the original and now made from thuya burl. This burl grows on the root system of the trees and originates in Morocco. It has a distinctive cedar smell, which remains through the years so that when the lid is opened, a smell reminiscent of pencil sharpenings is still present.
This box was originally conceived in about 1992 and at the time was unnamed. It is made in African Blackwood, with tagua nut ‘pearls’. The interior of the box has some smaller loose pearls, which seem to be waiting to be born. In order to do so, they have to pass up through the tube you see (one is on the way, as is evident from the bulge). It appears through the top and then is pushed out by the one following behind. You can see the older pearls in the tray at the base, with one waiting to fall from the top.
And yes, my imagination scares me sometimes! The box was finally given a name by the late Bruce leDain, a well known Montreal artist.
I am getting ready to go to St. Hyacinth, Quebec for a 1 day box making demo this weekend and was looking through older images of my boxes and thought I would share this one with you all.
Around this time last year I was photographing performances at the Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville. As I came out of a concert one night, there was a football game in progress at the Acadia University grounds that bordered the Festival Theatre. The lights lit up the field for the players, but beside it was a building which was belching steam into the night air. The setting sun cast a beautiful glow behind the scene of bright lights and the tall chimney.
This box is one I made a few years ago, seemingly quite different from my usual work, but in fact a natural deviation from some of the boxes such as Spiderman and even the Golfer's dream 2 which lies on its side.
The box itself contrasts African blackwood in polished rings with a finely textured cone section on each side. The ends and central ring are of a rich cocobolo, with one of the ends removable, revealing a hollow centre. The inside of this cocobolo removable 'top' is of mother of pearl.
The box is delicately balanced on two guitar wires which are taughtly strung between the plexiglas ends, suspended over a polished poplar burl base. The box can be moved freely along the wires.
I just got notified that this collection of my turned wood boxes is now part of the Google+ Featured collections. Very exciting news! If you are already a follower of mine you will see the postings anyway, but you can choose to be notified of new postings to the collection. And anyone who wants to can follow it simply as a collection, without following me.
Many thanks to the Google staff who recommended it.