The Creek Mud Talisman

The Creek Mud Talisman is a real thing, found in 2011 by an intrepid outdoorsman.  It is a symbol of our fleeting lives and a reminder to live the most you can, while you can.

It is simply, a tree root.  Maybe from a locust tree, as that rose above the creek bed where it was found.  The base is made from buckeye burl.  The box it lives in is a really cool combination of Mexican zirocote, and spalted maple.  The large voids are filled with clear epoxy.

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The small round metal parts on the surface of the right stile are neodymium magnets.  The box is lined with satin.

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It has several led lights that are powered by a coin sized battery.  The switch is mounted up by the lid, which can be removed to change the battery.

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The frame is made of zirocote, a very dark, dense wood that has spectacular light colored sap wood.  The panels are spalted maple, with tons of figure and awesome gnarly knot holes and branch inclusions.  Brusso hinges.

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