Its always a great feeling to get my hands on new stocks of these, as indeed they are not a common sight any more, the piano these were removed from was constructed around 1880 and would have cost a substantial amount of money at that time, i guess its lucky for me that people continue to have these restored!
One of the new pieces i am working on will be a ladies vanity box, I am still waiting for certain materials for this piece including some shagreen which if appropriate will be used to decorate the inside. Mean while i have started working on some of the items that will grace the inside.
To give you an idea of scale i have placed one of the pieces i have carved inside one of my wife's rings. I find it easier to make the actual box once all the pieces for the inside are made rather than construct the box then make everything fit after. I'm not quite sure yet if this piece will be finished for this year or if it will be my first piece of 2013, either way i will show the various steps of progression as they continue to happen, with Christmas just over a week away i am certainly as im sure most of you are looking forward to taking a break from work spending some quality time with family and friends and getting some time to be creative!
Have a great week everyone. Tony.