When I was training as a cabinet maker, I came across some spalted birch branches, they were not bigger than 10 centimeters of diameter for a length around 60 centimeters. Seeing the exposed pattern, I immediately decided to saw these into boards. Half of the pile has been milled to 2 centimeters thick planks while the rest has been cut down to couple of millimeters with the aim of using it as veneer.
After assembling the planks into boards, I joined them with finger joints forming a cube. The bottom of the boards have a groove that holds the bottom of the box whereas the top has a rabbet receiving the lid. Once assembled, I cut the box in two on the table saw. In the meantime I glued together a couple of layers of wenge veneer to form a board. Once the ends were cut at 45 degrees, I could slide them into place without using glue.
The result is a simple cubic wooden box enlivened by a shadow gap. The box also depict the metaphor of the sliced fruit by combining an indigenous light wood outside and a dark exotic one on the inside.
BIRCH WOODEN BOX
Personnal project at GRETA / 2017
75 Bis Avenue Rhin et Danube, 38100 Grenoble
Credits: Nicolas Pabion