I went wood shopping the other day and found a nice board of Swiss Pear. I had never owed any before, but have always admired it from afar. It seems to be less available here in the States. One thing led to another and this box is the result. It was a really pleasurable wood to work with. I did have some trouble with blotching, kind of like cherry. It is a fairly dense wood.
The box is about 6” x 9” x 3.5” deep. I used the resaw method to obtain a four way corner grain match. I wanted a darker wood to frame in the pear, so I used walnut. The medallion on the top is floating in grooves cut into the walnut frame. After gluing the top together, I sent it through the tablesaw to create the bevel on the walnut frame. I then used the same angle to make the handle. It is finished in Danish oil and then buffed and waxed.
I tried to photograph it inside my little light tent. But wow, photography can be harder than woodworking.