I’m going to be travelling east in a week to take a carvingÂ class from Peter Follansbee! Â It was pretty much a spur of the moment thing, and my family is coming with to visit some of the sites and hit New York for a day on the way back. Â I needed to take some of my tools with me so I thought I’d whip together a box. Â And of course I can’t NOT carve it… especially if I’m going to a carving class. Â Gotta show off ya know.
The box is made from Poplar because that’s what I had in the shop at the time. Â I wish I’d gotten some Alder or Walnut but IÂ didn’t have the money handy or the time. Â Luckily this was some harder Poplar that usual, and was consistent for the most part. Â It was also a nice wide board, so I was able to carve the top which I don’t typically do.
For the front and back panels, I used S-Scrolls which I consider to be the swiss army knife of designs, and the sides were variations on the interlaced circles motif. Â Typically a box of the period would only have the front, and maybe the sides carved but I like to practice layout and carving so I did all surfaces.
I designed the size of the box to fit in my big suitcase, and to fit my tool rolls full of chisels.
I was able to cram the following in the box:
I’m going to have borrow some tools when I get there, but I should be ok. Â The whole kit weighs 27 lbs.
I’m pleased with it, especiallyÂ the top design because that’s a new layout for me. Â The central design is based on a Thomas Dennis chest panel, and the outside edges I lifted from another panel of the period. Â My only complaint is the wood, with that awful coloring. I can’t use my normal Shellac top coat without adjusting the color or bleaching the wood. Â Which willÂ have to wait till I get back.