An article by Michael Cullen on his technique for making bandsawn boxes caught my eye recently. The boxes he makes incorporate colors and lots of textures which he carves with gouges and knives. He uses milk paint to color his boxes, often applying multiple coats while sanding and carving between coats.
I liked his basic design for cutting the box, so I went in search of some interesting chunks of wood to see what might emerge from inside the block. I found several blocks, including ambrosia maple, myrtle, and persimmon, among others. After a few cuts, and lots of shaping and smoothing sometimes an interesting box sometimes lurks inside the chunk. I added some color to a couple of the boxes to highlight the grain pattern and bring out the contrasts. Here are photos of the end result: