Black Egg

By Bill Ooms at Studio of Bill Ooms in Prescott, AZ.

This box with threaded lid started with African Blackwood. The two pieces were first hollowed inside. Next, matching pieces of hard maple were turned to an exact fit, glued, and hollowed leaving only a thin layer of maple remaining. This was repeated with a piece of brown ivory wood, glued, and turned so that only a thin layer remained. The interior pattern was cut with an ornamental lathe (that I built myself). The cuts went completely through the thin layers and into the outer shell of blackwood to create the contrasting colors in the interior pattern. Then the threads were cut and the exterior was turned. Finally, the exterior was decorated with tarnish resistant Argentium brand sterling silver, a fresh water pearl, and an old Russian faceted CZ stone. The base is hand made silver filigree. The finish is an oil finish I mix myself from 1/3 Pure Tung Oil, 1/3 Pure Boiled Linseed Oil, and 1/3 Behlen Rock Hard Table Varnish. A final buffing of Renaissance Wax was applied. Size is 4.25” high x 2.75” diameter. 

Project Category

Products Used

African Blackwood
Hard Maple
Brown Ivory wood
Argentium brand tarnish-resistant sterling silver
Faceted Cubic Zirconia, Fresh Water Pearl
Custom oil finish (1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 tung oil, 1/3 Behlen Rockhard Table Varnish)
Renaissance Wax

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