Since it’s “that time of year” I ended up making a small gift. Our street has a Christmas party every year and there’s a “Yankee gift exchange” at the end of the evening. Somehow a few years ago I found myself making our contribution. In past years I’ve made Shaker Oval Boxes and other similar things. I have to say the guy down the street each year does a topical figurine that is most coveted (I’m betting on something involving “twerking” but we’ll see.).
This year I was inspired to do something a little different. It’s sort of a mash-up of two styles. Imagine the illegitimate love child of a Shaker tray and a Pennsylvania Spice Box. It might look a little something like this:
Ok, it’s a little strange and there’s probably no historical context for it. But I think it sort of works. Walnut veneer over a ply core, maple bent laminated rim. Holly and Bubinga line and berry. Finish is blonde shellac topped with polyurethane (sorry Don) for durability. And some wax.
I think I’m well over the minimum $20 gift, but who knows
On the clock project I’ve been experimenting with shellac finishes. I’m learning a bit and finding some success. More when I have a plan. If I don’t get back sooner, have a Merry Christmas.