savannah's time capsule

A time capsule built at the request of my friends Joe and Caroline for their daughter, Savannah

Initial concept.  I suggested the 'excavation' of the capsule occur inside the vessel, hence the four tiers which will contain items separated by time periods, oldest at bottom.

evolution of the design and details

tools used cutting the finger joints

ryoba saw, my favorite and most used woodworking tool

dry fitting box sides

wood stain of linseed oil, black and red ferrous oxide (rust)

trim and background finish made from a mix of polyurethane and red rust

prefinishing black parts

assembling the box

corner joinery detail

I haven't done a nature painting since 7th grade art class whence I learned I had no natural ability and took it no further.  The first attempts were done on paper and then wood, spending a few days experimenting with materials and techniques to hopefully get to something passable. 


getting closer

early go at an acacia

Final product.  It's a bit amateurish, but I think it works in context of a gift for a little girl. Hardware is installed on the back so it could also be a wall hanging.  I suggested they might hang the painting in the house until Savannah's 18th birthday, then take it down and present it with the capsule along with the story of when and why they were made.

developing the color palette

The Savannah art concept was not from my imagination (Well, I did do the tail.).  Here's the original photo.

leaf brush: coarse work towel, wood dowel and rubber band

trial run of the sky gradient

most of the painting materials and tools used

foam core palette

the mahogany trim came from this salvaged accordion door

Built entirely of wood with no metal fasteners, this piece could be passed down for centuries.  The construction will surely hold up that long with minimal care; the question is one of aesthetics: if the piece is not ageless, out it goes.  Time will tell.

Savannah with Mom and Dad