. . .for the Good Sam Miniature Show. I got out all my stock and laid it out on my work table, and it looked pitifully insufficient. Usually I feel bad having stock on hand, but now I feel free to go crazy and make all sorts of things! One thing that inspired me is a piece I made for the Pico della Mirandola roombox:
My client wanted some alchemy books for Pico in a suitable bookcase, but I remembered that in those days people more usually kept books in trunks rather than on shelves, so I decided to make a leather trunk.
I made the box itself from basswood lined with a black-and-gold paper. The basswood was absolutely hateful about curling – I had to keep it under weights for two days after I glued the paper to it.
I wish now I’d made a little hiding place in the lid. Ah, well. Next time . . . The contrasting leather rectangles are shiny black stingray shagreen trimmed in painted wood strips.
Surprisingly good behavior by the lid. This is often a tough step.
I’m still amazed that the leather stretched as well as it did.
It may look a bit garish here, but varnishing the whole thing turned out very well. It marries all the different textures somehow. I want to make more leather-covered things now!