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These are 2 small tea boxes that I made for an upcoming show. I recently purchased some guitar cutoffs from one of the woodworking sites and decided to use them as decorative tops. What I really like about this stuff is the raw edge that allows me to use the wood more creatively (what I hate is the price!). The first one is a quilted maple on walnut. The edge is very reminiscent of the edge of the water and I had a small sand dollar so I thought I’d reinforce the idea. The second is ambrosia maple and on purpleheart with a walnut lining in the top. These little babies are about 7 × 7 inches and hold 4 different kinds of teas (or lots of one tea). I started finishing them with one coat of shellac followed by 2 coats of General International poly.
As an aside, it is nice to see so many familiar names popping up here.

-- Ellen

Very nice boxes Ellen. I really like the natural edge stuff, but I never try it myself because my brain doesn’t work right. Anyway, I have a great appreciation for the ones others do. I guess I’m way late with this post, but I hope you had good sales at the show.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Thank you everyone. I love making these boxes. Looking for interesting wood and deciding on the combinations are part of my creative process… the woodwork involved is icing on the cake.
The show is next weekend… our first of the season.

-- Ellen

HI Ellen! These are wonderful. Let us know how ‘tea boxes’ sell at your show. I think small ones to hold four types should do well. Very creative!

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