A new twist on an old idea

The first bandsaw box I remember seeing was sometime in the late sixties. They always looked kind of clunky to me, but they had popularity among the “alt culture” types of the day because they had interesting grain and “natural” curves. Cut from full thickness log style wood they sometimes incorporated wane and bark in their look. Not too many of these boxes survived; the stresses of radial wood movement broke them apart, or wood expansion jammed drawers shut.
While no longer as common as they once were the underlying concept was never abandoned. More experienced woodworkers continue to explore the restrictions and liberties possible.
In the nineties, I created these leaf boxes. Although they sold well the labor involved in making the complex curves of the lower box meant that they were not too profitable. These are all that’s left of my leaf box phase.
But, January and February are the months in which I ruminate, plan, cogitate, and agonize over what I might be interested in carving the rest of the year. So, I revisited the leaf box one afternoon and decided that the underlying box technique could return. We’ll see what comes of this. I might also make some leaves. I’ve always loved contours, shapes, and colors.

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