Carved circle box

Here's a box made from a block of Sapele. The box is approximately 5 x 4 x 6 splayed inward bottom to top with a curved top. I penciled in the circle pattern and carved them with a v gouge and mallet then painted with 2 layers of milk paint (blue & green) looking for a multi color effect. The inside is painted as well.
Michael Cullen says you can build 20 of these types of boxes and maybe you get one that really hits the mark. Well I think this one is decent but one of the other 19. 
Things I like:
The shape is pleasing, the natural wood trim gives it some good contrast and the carving is ok.
Things to improve:
The carving needs to be better and deeper, the two tone color is just ok and I wish the box was a little bigger.
Takeaways: need a bigger band saw, need to practice carving more.
Thanks for viewing.


Very creative!  Beautifully executed as well.

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

Yes a beautiful box... there are a lot neat boxes posted here, a lot of box makers that think outside the box.. I love it.
That is impressive! It looks like the lid is a solid block. That should give it a nice feel.
I don't know if I would have the nerve to put paint on Sapele but it works!
I'm going to have to look up Michael Cullen...
Very unique and gorgeous Tom!  I love it 😎
Very pleasing box.   Like the shape, carvings and well all of it.  


Seeing the non-linear shaping is great, really adds to the project. Great work!
nice work that will only get better. love the design and color !

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

Appreciate all the positive comments...thanks!
As soon as I saw the picture I knew it was you Tom! Looks great!
I proudly display the piece I got from you in an earlier swap...


Yooper with a Drawl

Very nice!!

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Hi Mike, I'm so glad you're still enjoying that box. Hopefully I can find the time to get into a swap on this site...they're great motivators.  I hope life is good in the UP!
Really nice work Tom. Love the shape and the painted finish. You might try painting it first and then carving through it to expose the natural sapele. Just another option.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

Great work Tom!
Hey I went looking for the bird that belongs to the tail I see next to the box

Regards Rob

Thanks Andy that's a great idea!
Rob...I can't seem to find any birds either...totally shut out so far pheasant hunting.
Beautiful work Tom. Since I saw the first one, I've been a fan of the carved boxes, with the non linear shapes. Thanks for sharing.
Nicely done.  Perfect amount of curves.
well done and great design

Very nice work on the box!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day