I wanted to keep a natural look for this piece as it was inspired by the decor in the A&E series, "Vikings". The hollow form, made from a highly spalted piece of maple was sanded to 600 grit, giving the piece a soft, smooth feel and appearance. I applied Myland's Cellulose Sanding Sealer to firm up and protect this soft piece of spalted wood in preparation for the final wax finish. General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax was selected, applied and buffed to protect and display this piece to allow the natural beauty of the wood shine through while providing a more traditional finished appearance. To construct the lid, maple, walnut, and an unknown wood species were laminated, turned, sanded, sealed and finished using the same technique as the hollow form. The walnut top of the lid was carved using a dremel, riffles, and sand paper to create the final shape that the white tail antler would seat into. The antler was epoxied in place, and their union wrapped in artificial sinew to match the era of this inspired piece. Beads and feathers were then lashed in leather cord to a cove in the lid with artificial sinew wrapping around their union as well.
By Darren Throop in Green Bay, WI.
- General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax (Natural)
- Mylands Cellulose Sanding Sealer