Owl on Bamboo Wood Salt Box

I hand cut the slate stone into either an octagon or circle, depending on denseness of the stone, then weather the edges. Once I've painted and carved the image into the stone I treat it with a conservation varnish so it may be safely wiped clean with a soft damp cloth. I don't normally use varnishes on my stone paintings because it intrudes with the raw stone and pigment ideal, but since these salt boxes are utilitarian, they need to be able to withstand flying kitchen debris (if your kitchen is like mine).

This box is made of sustainable bamboo, considered a hardwood. The bamboo naturally oxidizes as a finish, so it is food safe. 
It measures 4" x 4" by 3" tall including stone. It's lid is designed to slide open for easy access to salt or other spices. I really like practical art, so I'm very excited to be making these boxes!

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