This koa urn features catnip inlays and a round frame carved into the top for the client to place a photo. The paw shaped opening carving completes the tidy little package.
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Carved and Inlaid Urn
This urn was built to house the ashes of a young child. Working closely with his parents, I designed this depiction of a lego figure playing at a lego piano, capturing two of the child's favorite activities. The vessel is about 6" long, so the detail in the carving is astonishing. The piece is made from quilted maple, with ebony, and inlays of satinwood, purpleheart, araracanga, walnut, and holly.
My design process allows for multiple simulated previews and client feedback, to be sure that every detail is perfect.
Simple sliding top vessel used as a cat urn. Here shown in lacewood case with
This urn features a relief carving of the deceased dog on the cover, a raised carved inlay, which I modeled after a photograph the client provided me with.
A simple birds-eye maple vessel, suitable for use as an urn. This piece is in stock and ready to ship.
Here's another koa urn, with a sealed ash compartment below, and a box with opening lid above to house a gw artifacts from the departed's life.
This one was for a champion breeder dig.
Here's an urn made with a stunning bookmatched koa top. The box has a screwed on bottom to seal the remains.
Simple constructions like this have a spiritual appeal.
Inlaid Wave Inlay Urn
This was built as a scattering box for a client's mother's remains, to transport the remains to be scattered at sea, and then retained as a keepsake box holding precious mementos.
The box is quilted maple with ebony banding , and purpleheart inlay.
"I received the Urn you made for my Mothers ashes and I want to thank you for making something so special and perfect. Thank you for working so closely with me to create something that reflects her so perfectly. Every inch of it is unique and beautiful. This is something that will always be cherished. Thank you so very much."
Walnut Burl and Ebony Urn
This large urn is built to occupy the niche of a cremation storage facility. It's about 11" cubed. The bottom is screwed in to allow access for the contents. The client knew her mother wanted a carefully made beautiful object to store in which to store her ashes.
Silver Inlaid Horse Box
This silver and ebony inlay box was part of a small production run for a client who was looking for special gifts for fellow horse enthusiasts. This required the ability to inlay many tiny pieces of silver into the ebony top with speed as well as precision. Some of the silver lines are as thin as .035"!
This is another example of the amazing accuracy of the inlay work I can do with my shopbuilt CNC router. I can craft both one-of-a-kind and small production batches at surprisingly affordable prices. These boxes were less than $200 each for a batch of a dozen.
Custom Inlaid Serving Tray
This serving tray was custom made for an Illinois man who wanted a special piece to hand down the generations, depicting a backyard cherry tree in full blossom.
The walnut tray holds an inlaid panel of birds-eye maple framing a quilted maple sky around the claro walnut tree with bloodwood blossoms, framed in ebony. This is a great example of the amazing accuracy of the inlay work I can do with my shopbuilt CNC router.
Special Forces Gun Box
This special custom wood box was built for a client who served in the US Special Forces in Vietnam. He became the holder of an emblematic hand gun from his troop, and felt it deserved an appropriate storage vessel. The client provided the exquisite quilted maple from his native Oregon, and also supplied the unusual gold plated hardware.
The inlay work, shown in the enlargement is at about 1.5 X scale, involves nearly 100 pieces, with ebony, holly, satinwood, baliwood, jatoba and Brazilian tulipwood. This is a great example of the amazing accuracy of the inlay work I can do with my shopbuilt CNC router. It does help to know what you're doing. The CNC only does, at best, what it's told to do.