Sunday, 26 February 2012

Bible Box 2.

This is the second bible box that i am constructing at the moment,although more decorative and most likely meant for a wealthier house its main purpose was still to hold the family bible.

Contained within this box will be the antique miniature bible,the crucifix and the ivory drinking vessel. Once complete it will also have a draw and a secret compartment .

This piece has been constructed using the same timber as i used for the bible box in my previous post.A final polish with natural bee's wax protects the wood.All that remains for me to complete on this piece of work is the draw and secret draw inside and the lid for the box itself. I'm still making plans in my head for the third bible box that i have been asked to make although made primarily of oak as this one and the first has been i also have some antique olive wood which i would like to try and incorporate into the design somewhere.On a final note id just like to say a warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for following my journal.
Have a great week everyone.           Tony.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Bible Box 1.

This box is one of three which i am making at the moment, its just about complete i have a few things left to do, this box has been constructed to hold a bible around 1¼ inches by 1inch or smaller and has been made using English Oak that dates to around 1650 natural Bee's wax was used to enhance the grain and protect the box.

   The Oak you see the piece stood on in the photo is the same timber i used to construct this piece.

The next two pieces will be slightly bigger in dimension and vary in design from one another, one will hold the bible and crucifix that was featured in my previous post.

A very warm welcome to my new followers,and many thanks for taking an interest in my journal.
Have a Great week everyone :)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Bible Box First Stages.

As I'm waiting for new saw blades i have not started work on the box itself, what i have managed to do is start working on the contents, i have been asked to make an extra bible box and possibly a third one, these will all vary as i do not reproduce any of the works i make but only one will contain the bible i mentioned in my previous post as locating miniature bibles from 1890 - 1900 is not an easy or cheap task. The main box I'm working on will also contain a hand carved Ivory Crucifix and a small Ivory drinking vessel this Bible box will be based on a medieval design.

A close up of the bible and the Ivory crucifix and drinking vessel the crucifix also has a tiny sapphire mounted in the centre.

The Crucifix measures 1'' and together with the drinking vessel will sit alongside the bible once the box has been constructed. While carving the crucifix this has also given me some new ideas for making a miniature icon but this will be a future project.
A warm welcome to all of my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in my journal and the pieces i create.
Have a great and safe week everyone.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

New Projects.

Ive spent much of today sat comfortably in front of  a log fire while several inches of snow stop me from working outside in my workshop, i have to say its been rather nice taking the odd doggy nap too!!
Ive been quite taken back by how much interest my last project generated once it went on my for sale page 5 enquiries in around 2 hours, i only wish i could have made 5 for the people who were interested in purchasing the piece.
Something i still find hard to accept is that people actually want the pieces i make its strange that a part of me never really considers them good enough to sell and that i could have always made the piece better than it really was. Ive learned a lot since venturing into the world of miniatures back in 2010 and I'm sure that i will continue to do so, i guess that's one of the things that spurns me on and why i enjoy the challenge of making them so much and sharing them with my family i cant thank my wife enough for her valued and honest opinions and of course all of you who follow this journal.
Over the next couple of weeks i will be cutting up new timber weather permitting and making some sketches for my next project. The bible box, these boxes were very popular in Europe in the 17th century and were made in many styles from quite plain to very decorative.

The piece I'm hoping to start construction on will be made using English Oak which i acquired some time back and is dated accurately to around 1600.
Ive not firmly decided on any type of decoration or shape as of yet or if i should attach small feet to the bottom of it I'm quite confident that this will come naturally as the work progresses.
Inside the box will sit a miniature bible published around 1890 - 1900 I'm not sure if this was meant for a child or adult? but it is a beautiful and complete undamaged book and in my view will finish the box off perfectly.
While I'm still here id like to welcome my new followers I'm happy you find my work interesting enough to follow.
Have a great and safe week everyone           Tony.  

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Completed Sewing Box.

So after a few unforeseen mishaps the sewing box is finally finished.

I'm happy with the way things turned out after the accident with the stain and agree with some of the comments that were left by you saying its given it a more aged look. To complete the inner i removed the hinges so i could work better on things inside this also now gives the look of a used piece instead of looking like new.

Its been an interesting piece to work on, and i have to say even with the ups and downs I've had i have very much enjoyed completing it and also appreciate the remarks and comments left by all of my friends and followers on here. This piece is now available in my For Sale section.

So with the close of one piece another one comes to mind, this time in the form of a bible box. I have a few ideas swirling around in my head but nothing really solid what i can tell you is that the miniature bible that will sit inside is antique  (dates to around 1890-1900) and is hand bound in black leather and for its age is in remarkable condition. I look forward to starting on this very soon and sharing it with all of you.
Many thanks to all who have followed and commented on the progress and completion of this piece its very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful week everyone.        Tony.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sewing box update.

                                 Just a quick post to let you all see how things are progressing.

  Hopefully by the weekend it should be complete including the interior I'm guessing its not going to be to everyone's taste but it was either do as i have done in the photograph or not complete the piece at all. One thing i do like now is how the black velvet on the inside blends in with the black dye on the outside it seems to make the piece flow better as opposed to being a stark contrast.