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  • #16
    Lignum Vitae is interesting. when you shape it it turns a light brown, put it in the sun for a couple of hours and it reverts back to green blue. DSC_6482 cropped.jpg
    Rolf
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    • #17
      Rolf, Thanks for sharing that photo. That helps.
      Hank Lee
      Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Jo Labre View Post
        Randy - thanks for sharing that older post. I want to go back and look up the WIP postings. Love that box!
        When the site converted, a lot of the site links broke. Here is the WIP article Jim did when making the project. I wish he would have published the patterns.

        https://forum.scrollsawer.com/forum/...miri-completed

        I will see if I can go back and fix the link in the original article.
        "Ever Striving, Never Arriving"
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        • #19
          Thanks Randy for the links. I appreciate the links. VERY interesting.
          Hank Lee
          Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted.

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          • #20
            If I ever find any of the Lignum Vitae, I will have to give it a try. Many of the woods are more commonly found in certain regional stores than others, and sometimes never. I'm not fond of buying too much online since my monitor may or may not show me the actual colors of what's available--not to mention lighting and other factors someone may have used in photographs posted online. But it won't stop me from visiting every wood store I run across and browsing for cool colors and grains!
            Linda at www.ArtIngrained.com

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            • #21
              Oh, man, Randy! I needed that! After what was a simply awful day I came home to console myself with a ice cream treat. I clicked on the link to Jim's WIP and giggled my way through all 135 posts. What an awesome project! Did we ever learn, did Jim make two more boxes for his sisters-in-laws?
              Jo Labre - in beautiful Racine, Wisconsin

              Mostly, I don't know what I am doing - but I am doing it with GUSTO!

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              • #22
                Hey Randy - as you probably know I've been on a helter-skelter work oriented trip traveling the world the past 4 years and had practically no time to do any form of woodwork. I recently called back in after an enforced stay at home for medical reasons. Imagine my surprise today to find an email in my box talking about THAT BOX! Geez, was it really that long ago?

                My wife still has said crazy item on her dressing table and I still manage to raise a smile each time I look at it.

                To answer a couple of questions - no there were no plans. Most of my crazier projects in the past tended to evolve rather than be planned and very often dependent on what challenges I faced on the way. This box certainly had plenty of those!

                To Jo´'s question - no, my two SIL's didn't get a box. I don't think I could have pulled this off two more times.

                Thanks for the memories guys!

                jimmex
                Jim in Mexico

                Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                - Albert Einstein

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                • #23
                  To Lee - I truly admire the artists on this forum who produce absolutely wonderful works of intarsia using exotic natural woods.

                  Having said this I'm a great believer that the end justifies the means and that if you are happy with the result then how you got there doesn't really matter.

                  I spent almost all of my early scrolling days living in Mexico where exotic woods were, and still are, very hard to find so I was forced to use paints, alcohol based stains and even ebonizing to achieve the results I was looking for when working with not much more than pine and mahogany.

                  I like most of what I made even though looking back some of my work looks very amateurish.

                  In my mind using some tints to highlight an intarsia project doesn't degrade the work at all. I just think it shows a slightly different approach to achieving an end result.

                  My two pesos worth....
                  Jim in Mexico

                  Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                  - Albert Einstein

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by hotshot View Post

                    When the site converted, a lot of the site links broke. Here is the WIP article Jim did when making the project. I wish he would have published the patterns.

                    https://forum.scrollsawer.com/forum/...miri-completed

                    I will see if I can go back and fix the link in the original article.
                    Thanks for the link to Jim's novel on building a box. The names there in the comments sure brought back a lot of memories.
                    Jim
                    When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
                    Too early to leave, too late to call in.

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