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Offline derekcohen

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Boxes from Uluru
« on: July 31, 2022, 10:28 AM »
I recently returned from a couple of weeks in Alice Springs and Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayer's Rock). This is at the very heart of Australia, both geographically and spiritually.


This is Uluru ...



There does not appear to be much around ...







However it is filled with gorges ("gaps") and canyons and mountains, which one might not suspect unless you visit ...






There is incredible beauty in the desert ..





For many millions of years, the many Aboriginal groups have learned to live off the land, recognising the medicines in bushes, eating grubs and lizards in- and under the grass, and hunting the local wildlife.

Simple but startlingly beautiful wild flowers ...



Uluru had a magic, at times hypnotic ...





For the first time I began to better understand Aboriginal art, its symbols and stories. Much of this is about maps ... landscapes. The circles are usually about women. There are streams and mythical creatures, such as a snake. There are flowers and trees. All symbolized ...









The symbols are everywhere.

What I decided to do is incorporate the essence of Aboriginal symbols in wood (not in colours, however), in boxes for example. In other words, using texturing in the wood to illustrate the symbols.

My aim is to build 2 or 3 boxes before mid-September, which is not far away. More realistically, just two. The reason is that son Jamie is getting married then, and there will be some visitors from overseas and interstate. I would like to make a gift of a box to Jamie's godfather (travelling from New Zealand) and godmother (visiting from New South Wales). As well, Rob Lee suggested a ring box, which I think is a terrific idea. So that will be three boxes.


Regards from Perth

Derek
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: Boxes from Uluru
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2022, 10:33 AM »
The first box is complete bar any texturing. Frankly, as much as I want to add symbols, I am not sure whether this is appropriate in this particular case as the figure is interesting enough to stand on its own merits. I leave it to you to share your thoughts in this regard.

The box is a mini-chest ... single drawer chest. Small - this one is 190 x 175 x 70mm. (7 1/2" x 7" x 2 3/4". Case sides are roughly 1/2"). My thought was that could go on an entrance hall table to keep keys inside. Just an idea.

I scrounged about the workshop for small sections of timber. Pieces of USA Black Walnut scraps. One piece was large enough to waterfall the figure from the top to the drawer. The other two sections were all there was.



Work done over three days. Finish is hard wax oil and wax. All hand tools following machine thicknessing.

The case is mitred through dovetails. Rebate at rear for drawer back. Dovetailed drawer.



One side ...



Turned Ebony drawer pull.

Other side ...



Rear ...



Good extension for the drawer (good fit) ...



I managed to save a thin slice from a resaw, and this became the drawer bottom ...

https://i.postimg.cc/mg4Bm0XD/10.jpg

Drawer with half-blind dovetails at front and through dovetails at rear. Drawer bottom held with a groove at the front and slips at the sides ...



Rear of drawer showing the slips and expanded bearing surface. The drawer front is 12mm and the drawer sides 6mm.



This is how I imagine one use of the box might be ...





Your thoughts now on texturing? If I did, my idea was to add texture to the sides and rear only, leaving the top and drawer as is. This is what I have in mind ....



Regards from Perth

Derek
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Offline Kevin Fester

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Re: Boxes from Uluru
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2022, 10:38 AM »
Thank you for the images. I agree, there is much beauty in the desert. That of a different kind.

Perhaps a trial panel to see how it would look. Or, arch a corner or two with the design. Preserving the beauty of the grain with the accent of art.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2022, 10:44 AM by Kevin Fester »

Offline tsmi243

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Re: Boxes from Uluru
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2022, 03:04 PM »
Your thoughts now on texturing? If I did, my idea was to add texture to the sides and rear only, leaving the top and drawer as is. This is what I have in mind ....



Regards from Perth

Derek

I think that pattern will look incredibly good!  Are you going to completely cover the sides with it?  Or leave a band around the perimeter untouched, like a faux frame & panel? 

I don't know if you intended this, but I also really like the charcoal color in your pattern image.  Are you going to stain/ebonize/whatever the patterned areas? 

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Boxes from Uluru
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2022, 07:39 PM »
I'm torn on this one.  I like the idea of the texturing, but I'm just not sure about doing it to walnut? The grain on the pieces you have is already really nice, plus the dovetails, texture too might be too much?
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: Boxes from Uluru
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2022, 10:59 AM »
Thanks CRG.

As I mentioned at the start, I had doubts that this was the box to start with textured patterns. These are intended to enhance a plain surface, and the figure does not need it. The next box, which is underway, is Makore with some lovely pinks and browns but otherwise plain. A much better choice.

Regards from Perth

Derek
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