This is spalted California Pepper and silver maple. I turned the box with a trough into which I glue the maple sections which have tabs cut out that match the tabs cut on the lid. The opposing tabs create a locking mechanism similar to that of a medicine bottle. Once locked, the box can be lifted by the finial, but a soft turn of about 3/8" unlocks the lid and allows the box to be opened.
Very impressive Mr. Wright. You went outside the box by staying within the box. I was expecting to see some magnets in this project, but expect that they will show up on the next one. Your grain match is dead on and the wood is quite lovely. I like your use of the second material as the locking mechinism too.
Chris, that's an ingenious idea to lock the lid. And to do that and keep the grain aligned took some serious planning. It's great wood too. I don't think I've ever even heard of pepper wood. What kind of finish is it? I like the shape of the box too. I'm getting a pretty exclusive collection of Chris Wright originals!
Thanks everyone. I'll post my notes later tonight and then you'll see how much pre-planning went into this thing, but I have to say it made it much easier to turn! With the preplanning, lining up the grain wasn't actually that bad as I specifically thought out how to do it before hand.
Pepper tree is exactly what you would think...the little pepper grainules actually grow on trees before they are ground up for the table. There are two varieties that I have seen/worked with, California and Brazilian.
Curt, The finish is a coat of Danish oil burnished in. That's right, I forgot that you recieved my last piece too. I guess I'll have to start watching for doubling up when doing future trades so we all get a chance at each other's work. I'm not complaining though, I like the two I got from Curt pretty well.
Oh, by the way, the next one is in the planning stages and will be more mysterious and from the looks of it, 10 times more difficult. And it will have 7 pieces, 3 of which will move in order to open the box.
Although the planning took some serious brain work, once you've done it and shown some pictures of the process, I think I could do that. I'm really impressed with your ingenuity. And I don't mind if you match me up with your work every time. I love the pieces I've gotten. What you could do though is use a rotation so that you send your piece to someone and recieve one from someone else. That would stir things up some.