The project: a custom jewelry box to present a custom wedding ring!
Turned and carved out of Musical Grade Fiddleback Maple, hand rubbed with a white pearlesence, mechanically designed and created by me, and hand painted blue (interior) with a custom made glass post to hold the ring. The Zip a Dee Do Dah music you are hearing in the beginning is the actual unaltered live sound.
Custom designed and custom made!
Some specifics on how it was made: I dipped into my special stash to pull out a beautiful piece of Musical Grade Fiddleback Maple. A board with this kind of figuring is a rare piece. I cut a piece off and then cut that in half to book match the two halves of the heart. Those halves were glued together and then turned first into a cylinder and then a heart on the lathe. The two halves were then separated again and the inside was carved out to allow room for the pedestal that held the ring. Then a team of varied professionals were consulted for the mechanical design inside of the base. After sanding it smooth, the outside was hand rubbed with a white pearlescent powder to really bring out but lighten the details in the wood. And finally the inside was painted a deeply vibrant blue before getting a glossy finish to protect this beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece.
This was an amazing project that while it was initially quoted correctly for the woodwork.. the design and mechanical construction time and effort means this could not be created again for less than $3000.