I start by cutting back the corners and form the shape of the top of the box, aiming for a smooth curve from end to end with no flat spots at the edge of the blank.
Photo #5: Starting to form the top Photo #6: Top surface of box formed.
Once I have the shape I want I start to excavate material in the middle to form the cavity of the box. On this one I had not gotten very far when I started to notice an odd noise and I could feel something bumping on my gouge.
Photo #7: Starting to excavate box cavity Photo #8: An unexpected treasure
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