A box in English cherry

Image Here are some images of a side project I have been work at for the last couple of weeks - a box in English Cherry with a cedar lining. Finished with a light coat of Shellac it has a wonderful soft sheen that will get deeper and more lustrous with age.

The cherry was lying around the workshop and in quite a state, it was significantly warped and had a many splits running the length of the board, it feels wonderful to take this naturally contorted board and through hand tool work shape it into a fine box.


The line you can see across the top and inside is achieved by dipping the slices of cherry into scorching hot sand, you essentially burn the edge of the wood and join it together with a clean piece, this has given the effect of a 'gap' or 'overlap' in the piece - an effect that runs through from top to bottom