Tad's box is now finished. I hope you enjoyed seeing the process.
Recently, a customer ordered a pen box and expressed an interest in seeing photos of the work as it progressed. It occurred to me that others might be interested in the process, too, so I decided to post about it here in my blog.
The box ordered is a BX-20, 15" x 9' x 6.25", in walnut, to hold 56 fountain pens. It will be similar to the one below, but in walnut instead of curly maple.
Material preparation and layout.
In late May I set off with this group of people on a five-day paddling trip on the French Broad River from Rosman to Asheville, NC. The trip was sponsored by MountainTrue to raise money and awareness to help protect this beautiful river and to have a great time doing it. As usual, I brought along my hatchet and folding bow saw, just in case we came across an interesting piece of wood. On the next-to-last day of the trip I spotted a likely looking log, already cut.
This small log was lying on top of a huge fallen tree trunk, where it had come to rest during the last high water. I tried to tow it downstream behind my kayak, but that didn't work at all, and it immediately got caught in a strainer. With the help of several of the other boaters, we were able to rescue it and put it into the bottom of one of the canoes.
When we got to the next campsite, we loaded it onto the boat trailer until the end of the trip.
After the trip, I took the log to my shop and cut it into pieces for drying.
It was not easy to identify the wood. The log had no bark or leaves to identify the tree. I took a slice of the wood to the experts at a local exotic wood dealer, and they think it is willow, which seems very likely. Whatever it is, the wood exhibits some interesting colors and a little bit of spalting, and I'm sure it will make interesting boxes.
In a few months, after the wood is fully dried, I expect to be able to make quite a few small boxes. Proceeds from the sale of these boxes will go to MountainTrue to help with their efforts to protect the French Broad River. If you would like to be notified when the boxes are ready for sale, just hit the contact button below or here and send me your name and email address.
I would like to express my thanks to all of the members of the expedition, and in particular to Dana, Erin, Angie, Jim and Alex for helping me retrieve the log.
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