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Drogon Dragon Egg Box by Snazzie Designz

I made this dragon egg box myself out of clay. It was inspired by Drogon’s egg from the “Game of Thrones”. Unlike the TV replica which has scales which protrude which seems unlikely for an egg, I wanted to make mine more like the book description which is that it looked like red and black stone.

The stone that really inspired me is Eudialyte, a very rare crystal which apart from being spectacularly beautiful is exactly the colours I wanted for my egg. When I looked up further information about eudialyte it turns out that the rich cadmium colour in the stone is referred to by Russian dealers as “Dragon’s Blood” which seemed perfect for a dragon egg.

Also unlike the TV prop, this egg opens and the lid and base slot together so seamlessly that you can hold it by the lid and it will stick together.

This box is of my own unique and one-off design specifically made for a set of R.a.F. medals for a veteran in the R.A.F. The box is entirely handmade made of oak, teak and mahogany and the various parts of the 3D crest individually cut are made of maple, basswood, beech and American walnut.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

The compartments of the box are specifically sized to each of the medals and have holes in them for the pins at the back so that the medals sit flush in the box. The indentations on the middle tray not only serve as finger holds so that you can lift the tray out, but also make the tray into a cross shape that matches the top of the crown.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Per Ardua Ad Astra is the R.A.F. motto pyrographed (burned) into the sides of the lid which loosely translates as Through adversity to the stars.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

All of the parts were individually cut with a fret/scroll saw including the wings, head body and claws of the eagle. The text on the motto scroll is burned into the wood. the text on the crest is hand painted in gold.

 

The beak & claws took extra precision cutting as they are each less than 1cm square in size and the talons are about 2mm.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Inside lid with a maple veneer marquetry inlay of the R.A.F. crest.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Since the Eagle Squadrons were for American crew serving in the R.A.F., the eagle’s wings and body are individually cut from American walnut from Seattle.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

For the keen eyed amongst you, you may notice that the crown on the crest is the King’s Crown rather than the Queen’s Crown since this has been made for an RAF veteran.

Aslan Pyrograph

Aslan Box Pyrograph

I was very lucky to get my hands on this beautiful handmade box by Harry Wells. The edges of the lid are hand scalloped with a chisel to reveal a beautiful striped pattern from the ply layers. It reminded me of bite marks, which inspired me to use a lion for the lid decoration.

I’ve always loved the poster for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” film and I thought it would be perfect for the lid. Also the scalloped edges look like rays of light coming out of Aslan so they seem doubly fitting.

This was also my first time experimenting with blending bottled inks on wood. If the blending is done properly the ink allows for seamless blending as you can see with the background which goes from dark navy, to blue to aquamarine to amber. Unlike paint which masks the wood, hides the grain and hides the burn lines, ink soaks into the wood, enhances the grain and allows the burned shading to come through.

The lid with the wood burning done, before the colour was added.

 

Aslan Pyrography Monochrome

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For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.

To see more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

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Handmade Yin-Yang Box

This is a wedding ring box of my own design inspired by the ancient Yin Yang symbol representing perfect harmonious balance between male and female, and it was handmade by me from start to finish.

Handmade Yin-Yang Box work In Progress

The main part of the box is made of solid oak.

The Yin wood was an off-cut piece of Ipé wood which is rock solid and almost impossible to cut or drill. It took a lot of very slow and patient cutting on my scroll saw to cut it out.

The Yang wood is pine and was much easier to work with, but I was not careful about placing the design on the wood the first time around and the grain of the wood was cutting across the very narrow tail end of the shape. It snapped off when I went to sand it. So I had to re-make the Yang piece this time I placed the shape over the wood so that the grain curves around the tail end of the piece (as circled above) making it nice and strong.

Fishing Box Woodburning Pyrograph

This handmade fishing box is a WellSnazzie Collaboration between myself and Harry Wells. Harry made the box and I decorated the lid.

Fishing Box Woodburning Pyrograph

This is a stunningly beautiful fishing box hand made by Harry from American white oak with meranti accents, and a Baltic pine lid suitable for pyrography. I was blown away by the beauty of this box and the masterful way in which it was made.

Fishing Box Woodburning Pyrograph

It was my job to try and match that beauty by decorating the top with an image of a father and son fishing at their favourite lake which they fished at together for decades. I was asked to include a pike on the box in some way so I included a pike leaping out of the water as part of the border.

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For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.

To see more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

This incredible chisel box was made by Harry and I had the very great pleasure of decorating it with Japanese inspired imagery.

The chisels are marvellous Kirshcen brand chisels. Kirschen means “cherries” in German, so I decided to do a cherry blossom themed box to match. The cherry blossom designs are inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Handmade chisel Box With Cherry Blossom Pyrograph by snazzie designz

Handmade chisel Box With Cherry Blossom Pyrograph by snazzie designz

Handmade chisel Box With Cherry Blossom Pyrograph by snazzie designz

Handmade chisel Box With Cherry Blossom Pyrograph by snazzie designz

I continued the Japanese theme on the underside with a Japanese dragon.

Handmade chisel Box With Cherry Blossom Pyrograph by snazzie designz

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For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.

To see more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

These handmade boxes were the very beginning of what has now become a long list of continuing collaborations between myself and Harry Wells collectively known as WellSnazzie collaborations.

The Rune Box

Celtic Owl and Rune Set

It all started with me making a set of runes for Harry. He decided that he wanted to make a box for them and asked if I would burn a Celtic owl onto some Baltic pine for him so that he could inset it into the box lid.

Celtic Owl and Rune Set

This was one of my very fist wood burning projects and everything was very rough around the edges compared to the impeccable and stunning work that Harry did on the box itself. The dark streaks in the beech wood are naturally occurring beech spalting caused by a fungus growing in the wood.

Rune Box Handmade by Aldwarke

Rune Box Handmade by Aldwarke

To see more views of this box and more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

 


 

The Swan Jewellery Box

Swan Inlay For Jewellery Box

This is a personalised swan design burned into the bottom of one of the box drawers in this incredible jewellery box that harry made.

Swan Jewellery Box Handmade by Aldwarke

To see more views of this box and more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

Jewellery box Handmade by Aldwarke

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For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.