Cape Blanco Lighthouse Jewelry Box

This jewelry box was made for a lighthouse enthusiast. The wood that was used for the box itself is quite unique - curly fir. Because it has a very twisted grain pattern, this wood cannot be used for furniture or other building purposes. For this reason, it was pulled from the "green chain" at Weyerhaeuser timber in North Bend, Oregon about 40 years ago and has been stored and dried since then. The original owner asked me to use a piece of it to make a jewelry box for his daughter-in-law, Kricket. I selected this design because the Cape Blanco lighthouse is a distinctive landmark on the Oregon coast. My version is made of birdseye maple, ebony, and African mahogany set in book matched veneers . The "light" is inlaid mother-of pearl and the lighthouse dome has been subtly inlaid with copper. The fir tree is maple burl. The marquetry is framed with ebony and maple.

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