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  • Boxes for Benefit/Violin and Bible Boxes

    I love a "mission"!! When I read a Facebook post about a silent auction at a local church on behalf of 2 ladies diagnosed with cancer I knew what I wanted to do!! First I wanted to make Diana Thompson's Bible box.

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    Made from reclaimed Mahogany with an Aspen bookmark. I have made this several times and it has always been well received.

    Then I had my eye on the Violin box in the Fall 2011 issue of Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine. I was inspired by Wood Dog's version and I enlisted her help with this!!

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    Made from Cherry and Ebony. This was not an easy task!! I couldn't have done it without Wood Dog's help!! Thanks for looking!!
    Cathy in NE

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  • #2
    Both are really nice projects!
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    • #3
      Wow......Very impressive...!!!!!!
      And beautiful thing to do....!!!!!!!
      ...And good for you too WD....!!!!

      Did you actually carve the ebony????

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      • #4
        Excellent Projects Cathy! You did a great job on them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the nice comments!!

          Jim, The ebony.... wow that stuff is as hard as a rock!!! I used every sanding tool I own!! Had the best luck with a dremel high speed cutter bit and a small dremel sanding drum. I think I worked on it for about 2 hours. It's not shaped the greatest but I just had to make myself stop!!
          Cathy in NE

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          • #6
            Beautiful boxes and a worthy cause! Don


            • #7
              Beautiful boxes, Cathy. The violin is really a knockout! And with really ebony, too.

              Hope they are appreciated and bring the prices they deserve.

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              • #8
                Beautiful work on both boxes!




                • #9
                  Hi Cathy, Both are just fabulous. Very thoughtful of you to donate these beautiful works for such a worthy cause. I am sorry to hear of the sad news also. Thanks for sharing. Steve
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                  • #10
                    The Bible Box is gorgeous. Great job.


                    • #11
                      Wow Cathy both projects came out super sweeeet, and I hope the silent auction goes well for your donation. Bless you for being someone who cares for others as you do.
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                      • #12
                        Cathy those are gorgeous and very generous and thoughtful for you to donate them to a worthy cause! My thoughts and prayers are with the two ladies.

                        How did you get lucky enough to find some ebony - I have been trying to find a chunk I can afford - lol! But after hearing of the hardness, perhaps I will just stick to ebonizing some black walnut.

                        Keep up the great work!
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                        • #13
                          Very impressive. Congrats on a job well done and also for your generosity.
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                            • #15
                              Thanks so much for the nice comments. It is really a confidence builder!!

                              Kim, I found the ebony in Omaha. I had been looking for some for quite awhile to use in my intarsia. They sold it by the pound. I bought a little piece about 12 inches long x 2 inches wide and maybe 1/2 inch thick. Can't remember for sure what I paid for it, but I don't waste any of it.

                              Thanks again!!
                              Cathy in NE

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