I made this box and another like it from a really hopeless looking piece of burr elm. The wood yard was throwing it out and in conventional woodworking terms it should probably have been burned. It took a massive amount of hard work to bring out it’s beauty but I think it was worth it.
Over the past month or so I’ve been experimenting with using veneers to make bowls. There are a couple of versions already out in the shops but these leaves are the latest developments. I’ve added tea-light holders as one possible use but you can use them with or without the lights.
I made this box on commision for someone who wanted a container for items relating to her father, a beekeeper. The bees are only used as handles for the inside tray. The box is made from a lovely piece of cherry bought from Natural Woodcraft in Glengap. They have a fantastic selection of wood were really helpful in letting me go through planks to find the right peice. I’ve used black walnut for a contrast and for the banding on the bees.