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Handcrafted woodwork designed for use in storage and display. Boxes, cabinets, display cases and shadowboxes to provide safe environments for collectibles and to help keep special items close at hand. Perfect for small places needing to combine style & storage. Everything listed on my site is completely handmade by me in my shop from scratch. I use mostly recycled & reclaimed wood for my creations and focus on domestic woods and avoid any endangered exotic woods. Please contact me for a custom order and I’d be happy to help with an original design for a special one-of-a-kind handcrafted item.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Small Jewelry Box

A small handmade hardwood box just big enough to hold one or two special items. Based on the tiny ring boxes I've been selling, these are slightly larger versions that can be used to keep a few items close at hand.

Friday, June 27, 2014

More Ring Boxes

The latest group of little boxes, again, using salvaged woods. Black Walnut, from a tree the city took out in our neighborhood; Mahogany, Acacia, Maple, Cherry, all from two recycling places here in town. And scraps of various woods from past projects. It's great to be able to give perfectly good hardwood a second life instead of sending it to the scrap bin.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Matched Pair of Burl Oak Boxes

Handmade by slicing open a figured piece of oak and making two lids to show off the dramatic grain hidden within. The boxes are identical in size and shape. Listed on Etsy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Dozen Little Ring Boxes



Current batch of tiny ring boxes, a mix of domestic woods that I was able to find at salvage yards. Reclaimed wood comes in different sizes & thicknesses and there's no telling what you might find at any given time. These little boxes make good use of these fine hardwood scraps and I'm able to give the wood a second life. At the moment, I have about 3 dozen in different stages of completion, with this group being ready to list and the remaining ones still needing sanding and coats of finish. When finished, they include black foam inserts to secure rings in place and the foam is simply pressed in place, meaning it can be easily removed if needed. Most of the interior sizes are based around US Quarters, meaning that they'll easily hold rings up to approximately 1" in diameter, which should accommodate most ring sizes. In my listings, I include coins for scale in case a potential client doesn't know the ring size needed and there's a link to a ring sizing chart on Wikipedia.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Current Batch of Tiny Ring Boxes

The latest group of little boxes, starting with walnut logs I salvaged from a tree taken down in the neighborhood years ago. Most of the things I make are very small so I expect this cord of wood to last for many years.

I start by slicing the rounds into panels and then slicing those into long square strips. After running through the planer, they're cut into individual sections to make into boxes. I add contrasting end pieces of mahogany, teak, cherry, or maple to add a little interest and drill for the magnets that hold the two halves together. After sanding each gets several light coats of clear satin finish and small strips of black foam inside to secure whatever jewelry will go inside. The foam is removable and you can use it to hold a ring in place, or take it out to make room for a necklace, earrings, or charms.

These tiny boxes can be found on my Etsy shop - check out the widget on the left to link to the listings for sale.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Valets combined with Phone Stands

Working on a batch of 9 medium-sized shallow boxes that can serve as a phone stand and a valet. Designed to hold a phone vertically or horizontally, with or without a protective case on a small ledge built into the lid. The lid pivots using a solid brass rod and rests against the back of the valet at a 45 degree angle when open, making for easy viewing. Centered in the ledge is a cutout for a charging cable. The interior of the box works as a tray with room to store pens, keys, eyeglasses, wallet, coins, rings, ear buds, and other daily items. I'm testing them right now and they're certainly adaptable to any phone, but I'd like to see them be able to support a Kindle or even an iPad, for the larger sized boxes. Should be able to list them in a day or two.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Recycled Wooden Box

Keepsake box using strips of solid hardwoods salvaged from one of the recycling outlets here in town. These were cut from scraps of flooring and trim taken from demolished houses. The lid is of red oak and the bottom panel of English oak, a very dark version of oak. The sides are a combination of English oak, quarter-sawn oak, spalted maple, and lyptus, which is a sustainable version of mahogany. A colorful combination of woods, hand-assembled, sanded, and finished with clear satin polyurethane. My plan is to fabricate more of these containers using small strips of different woods laminated together. I like the folk-art look of them, something like a patchwork quilt.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Latest Batch of Tiny Ring Boxes

Another group of small handmade wooden boxes. Again, using Acacia wood and Black Walnut.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Latest Project - 10 Shadowboxes

Custom ShadowboxCurrently working on a batch of ten custom shadowboxes for a client. These are of oak and use a hidden handle in the top attached to a pane of clear acrylic for glazing.  They are designed to hang from the wall with a hidden french cleat.  Very clean and minimalist with nothing to distract from the display inside.  When the handle is slid down into place, it fits flush with the top edge and is almost invisible. The top photo is of one made and sold earlier and the bottom photo shows the progress on the current group.  Scheduled to be done in about a week.
Custom batch of 10 Identical Shadowboxes