This relief carving is based on a wood engraving done by M. C. Escher in Nov. 1956. The original was only 3-1/4” square and featured rings of fish diminishing in size toward the center. I had to decide how small I could go with carving the “nested” rings, and it looks like six will be it.The carving is 9-1/2” square in 2” thick Alaskan Yellow Cedar. In the second photo you see a tab of wood I've left attached to clamp the piece to my workbench. The yellow cedar carves nicely, very much like basswood.
My wife wanted an rustic old table top paired with modern legs. She found a picture online and this was my attempt and building it. I got a barn door from a 100byr old farm that was falling in. Got these 2-10 oak boards that were used in a factory as baseboards ripped and planed the 2-10 boards to make the box legs. Pressure washed the yrs of dirt and manure off of the barn door then had to use the mix of vinegar and steel wool to oxidize the door back to the way I found it. then some light sanding to smooth it. I used paste wax applied with a scrub brush since after testing many other finishes it changed the color the least. My wife was looking for the grey color we'll see how the wax works never done it like that before. Used anchor bolts to attach the legs to the top. Even left the door latch on the top for accent.
Box number 15 in my box building venture. I'm calling this one Neapolitan like the three flavored ice cream. This box is almost totally mystery wood reclaimed from a pallet. It was mostly yellow/green and very tight grained except for the figuring in the front panel. I also am not certain about the panel for the lid… hickory or maybe even pine. I used what I think is maybe walnut and cedar for the laminated “stripes” on the base and the lid.Before I put the finish on the box, there was a really cool green, orange and purple color scheme going on but I knew that they would darken or change colors with the oil based finish I used. All the reclaimed wood was planed by hand and a L.V. smoothing plane then cut to size with a japanese pull saw. The miters were cut with the same plane but I used the 45 degree miter shooting board I built for that plane. I thought about using splines for the miters but the base and the top have rabbets that the box sits in and will prevent joint failure. I really like the lid on this piece. It shows all the contrasting woods very well. This is the first decorative box or gift box that I've used hinges on. I used them on the tool boxes I've recently made for my chisels. I'm not sure how I like them on this box.Finished with an oil based wipe on blend of equal parts tung oil, boiled linseed and oil based poly. I then applied clear shellac and rubbed it with #0000 steel wool and buffed it out with Johnsons Paste Wax.It is about 8 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches deep and 5 1/2 inches tall. Thanks for looking. Mr Wolfe