This form is the simplest of the Platonic solids, a tetrahedron. A Platonic solid is a regular, convex polyhedron. It is constructed by congruent regular polygonal faces with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. A tetrahedron is composed of 4 equilateral triangles, the simplest of the Platonic solids.
The form was generated totally on the lathe by turning an interior spherical hollow and mounting it on 4 vertices to turn the faces.
The piece was carved using both rotary carving tools and pyrography. the faces were then dyed with india Ink and colored with acrylics using the dry brush technique. 23 karat gold leaf was applied to the interior of the box and select portions of the carved faces of the tetrahedron. A light coat of Krylon fixatif was applied to help protect the work.