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    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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