It begins with this little box I made. Had been practicing chip carving in butternut & pine. Turned it into a box that right now holds small sharpening stuff. Nailed construction.
That led to this one. Not very practical for holding carving tools; which is what it’s doing right now. they slide around when you open the drawer. It will be re-assigned soon.
Then, two things happened. No, three. I finally met Winston James Burchill, who has been kind enough to send me some of his chip carvings – and I saw these two boxes; the Pennsylvania one in a book, the Swedish one on the web.
The minute I saw this box in the book Paint, Patterns & People I knew I would make some. It’s just taking me a while to get to it. http://villagecarpenter.blogspot.com/2011/03/paint-pattern-people-book-review.html
This Swedish one is slightly different; its removable end board is at the same end the lid slides out from. Makes construction a little easier, I think.
Now, I have one underway that will be chipcarved instead of painted. But I am going to make more; and will paint one too. Because I have never seen one in the flesh, I am making up the construction. I haven’t made the drawer yet.
Gotta run out to Heartwood & teach the oak boxes. I still love them, too. Don’t worry.
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Love the new box. I did one chip carving project at the Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp in 2013. it was fun but when I see those large complex patterns my mind starts to reel. To get it done must require a lot of concentration.
Great stuff Peter, but what in Earthe be those strange joins at the close ende?
Reblogged this on Brian's Workbench and commented:
This looks like the approach I want to take for storing and transporting my chip carving stuff…
Thanks for posting this – I really like this approach. And what a choice — chip carve the box? Paint the box? Both?
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