Specialty card box

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A marquetry card box that I made as a gift for someone. I was going to make a simple card box but got a little carried away while I was working on it. 

I have become a little addicted to these specialty playing cards that are being made recently, this Alice in Wonderland themed card deck by @kingswildproject and artist Jackson Robinson, @lordoftheringsplayingcards 
Inspired me to do the Cheshire Cat in marquetry on a burl background. Boxwood banding on all the edges, the corners all come to a double miter. 

The drawer box is dovetailed and lined with a baby blue water silk fabric, which reminds me of Alice’s dress. I have a couple more card decks to make boxes for, just have to think up some ideas now. 

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now thats cool ! pretty damn nice gift.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Great box, the top is wonderful, well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

When I first saw this I thought shipwright was involved - this is amazing!
“When I first saw this I thought shipwright was involved - this is amazing!“

He is involved… I took his courses and continue to receive mentorship and feed back from him. A good friend!
It is really nice work all round, my favorite part, strangely enough, is the blue silk fabric lining.  But the cat eyes are fantastic too.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

Great piece Ryan! 
Brian’s right about the eyes. Excellent shading and highlighting.
I always say if it’s a person or animal, do the eyes first. If they don’t work start over. If they do, you can’t fail.
Yours work! 👌

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Nicely done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

So creative and well done, your friend must have been blown away, I know I would be.

.................. John D....................

What a whimsical box!  Fantastic work!
Ryan,
Your marquetry is really outstanding.  And, yes, those eyes look fabulous.
From my much earlier years in dress design school when we had to learn the names of hundreds of fabrics and weaves, that fabric is called silk moiré, and it is the perfect complement to your box.
L/W

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

" Ryan,
Your marquetry is really outstanding.  And, yes, those eyes look fabulous.
From my much earlier years in dress design school when we had to learn the names of hundreds of fabrics and weaves, that fabric is called silk moiré, and it is the perfect complement to your box.
L/W "

Thank you! I was trying to remember the name of the silk as I wrote this comment and drew a complete blank. I went with what popped into my head! It really was the color that grabbed my attention first.

Ryan
Well made small box ,with some great marquetry. Well done!
Nice design and build Ryan 👍

The drawer approach is really neat vs. just a lift off lid. The marquetry is wonderfully creepy 😀
I just started marquetry and know it takes a lot of planning and skill to pull that off. Great job. 

Does it fit into a cabinet or just sit tilted backwards. You could put a matching shim on the rear to level it. Just my 2 cents. 

James McIntyre

“Does it fit into a cabinet or just sit tilted backwards. You could put a matching shim on the rear to level it. Just my 2 cents.”

Are you talking about the dovetailed box/drawer? It slides into the Cheshire Cat box, much like a drawer. Top picture shows them together. 
I think I get it. The top is like a sleeve. Maybe you could post a photo from the side with the sleeve / lid on. That would help. 

James McIntyre

Yes, sorry. My other posts (instagram and facebook) I have a video of it in "action", by that I mean sliding into its home!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CrKVPz5twLm/