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Boise, Idaho, United States
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 at my Etsy site 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, May 23, 2016

Shadowboxes at an Exhibition

Taliswomen Warm, by Michele Bonner

Taliswomen Warm, by Michele Bonner

Pictured is one of the creations of Michele Bonner for the upcoming exhibit at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts. I provided several small shadowboxes used to display her figurines and they'll be on display as part of the show, "Time Matters: Three Explorations", that will run from 06/02 - 07/04, 2016.

Michele Bonner's website

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Group of Ring Boxes, May 2016

Handmade Wooden Ring Boxes
Ring Boxes
Handmade Wooden Ring Boxes
Ring Boxes
The latest batch on Etsy includes recycled knotty walnut, curly maple, spalted maple, and Brazilian cherry. In addition, one of the small maple boxes was treated with a light transparent wash of blue dye. Just enough to give it some color but not enough to hide the grain and the natural shimmer of the curly and birds-eye maple. After rubbing out the dye, the entire box was treated with a thin protective coat of clear satin polyurethane. All of these include inserts to secure rings in place.

I try to use as much recycled wood as possible in anything I make and as often as not, these are woods that can be contrasted against one another to form a pleasing design. The next logical step is to incorporate areas of color in my work and I've been trying to develop a palette of colors that will work with my boxes. Paint covers the surface too completely as well as most stains. It seems that dyes can be applied as a thin wash, changing the color of the wood, but still allowing the natural grain patterns and character to show through.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Batch of Fifteen Ring Boxes - April, 2016

Handmade Hardwood Ring Boxes
New batch of 15 little ring boxes, using a variety of hardwoods. The ten in the back are of black walnut, the five in front use a mix of black walnut, cherry, spalted maple, birds-eye maple and mahogany. All come with black inserts to grip and hold rings in place, and use matched sets of tiny neodymium magnets to hold the two halves together. Easy to pop out of a pocket and pop open for a surprise presentation. The coin in front is a US quarter, about 1" in diameter, for scale.

JM Craftworks Etsy shop

Friday, February 12, 2016

Assortment of Ring Boxes - February, 2016

Another posting of a batch of little ring boxes. These are various sizes and use a variety of fine hardwoods. I browse the local recycling centers and sometimes find scraps of paneling, flooring, cabinets, etc. and I salvage this wood to give it a second life. I've found walnut, maple, cherry, mahogany, teak, and other fine woods that were to be scrapped. They only needed to be planed and cut & assembled to put back into use.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Custom Ring Box - Brazilian Cherry and Black Walnut

Triple Ring Box
A custom box for rings. Built from scratch for a collector to house 3 large rings and made using reclaimed Brazilian Cherry and Black Walnut hardwoods. The bottom half has a folded strip of black foam to grip the rings and hold them securely in place. I use this in all my ring boxes as it's attractive, it's soft but grips really well and it's removable.

JM Craftworks Etsy shop

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Featured on VK Designs Blog

VK Designs is a fantastic jewelry shop in Portland, Oregon, and I've been lucky to offer some of my ring boxes with their work. The latest commission was for 20 small ring boxes stained jet black, both single & double ring sizes. They were gracious enough to post information about the boxes and here's a link to their blog. If you're in the Portland area, be sure to contact them for an appointment to view their work. It's all handmade using recycled materials and free-trade gemstones.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ring Boxes - Stained Black

Latest commission
Walnut Ring Boxes stained Black
Walnut Ring Boxes stained black
for 20 ring boxes, all stained jet black. Ten are single ring boxes and ten are double ring boxes, all using black walnut and all with black inserts to grip rings.

JM Craftworks Etsy shop

Monday, June 30, 2014

Small Jewelry Box

Small Handmade Walnut Wooden Jewelry Box
Long Thin 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

Handmde Wooden Ring Boxes, Walnut, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Acacia
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.