"Boxing" is the technique of using
a hard wood in areas where use causes wear on a plane, thus
minimizing the wear caused by friction with the wood.
So called because English boxwood was the wood
normally used on British planes. But not all boxing uses
Here I show two examples - the first using
African ebony, the second, lignum vitae.
A standing fillister by Thos. Moon London 1795-1828
with ebony and boxwood "boxing".
The beautifully cut-in composite boxing.
Lignum vitae blocks by John Darby Birmingham 1767-1797.
Each block inserted by sliding dovetails to strengthen their
Lignum vitae exudes natural oils forever and does not take well
to gluing alone.
Close up of the sublime work of a master, more than 200 years