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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 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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Another Variation on the Coin Display

Instead of glazing on front and back, this client wanted a solid walnut background and the case was designed to hang on the wall. A recessed french cleat was added in the back and with the cleat, it could be easily hung on a wall for display. This was for a single coin from Artifacts and the size was 4" square x 2" deep. The front frame attaches with hidden magnets and opens the case so the coin can be positioned in the mount. And the removable frame houses the glazing, a thin sheet of framing glass. The coin in the photos is mine and used because it was close to the size of the client's coin, a silver 4 Reales and I used it as a stand-in to design the coin mount.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Latest Keepsake Boxes to add to Etsy

Keepsake Boxes

A batch of larger keepsake boxes to be added to the Etsy shop. Combinations of various hardwoods, most of which were sourced from recycling centers here in town. Whenever I come across an especially interesting scrap with knots or dramatic grain patterns, I like to slice it into sections that can show off the unusual character. Mostly, I work with domestic woods and generally avoid exotic endangered woods. These containers are good for jewelry boxes, valets, or keepsakes and vary in size and shape.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Summer Projects, Part Three

Occasionally, I'll produce a coin display case for a shop in the Cayman Islands, Artifacts. They carry a range of collectibles such as Coins, Maps, and Antiques. This coin display case uses magnets to attach a frame in front, has a removable coin mount inside that can display both sides of a coin with very little detail obscured by the mount, and has glazing on both sides of the case, making it easy to view the entire coin. Each mount is custom made for the individual coin and has enough tension in the slot to hold the coin securely. If this is something you'd like to have made, please contact me at my Etsy shop and let's talk.
Custom Coin Display Case of Walnut

Summer Projects, Part Two

Another project for Raintree was this pair of custom Bracelet Boxes of Walnut and Cherry. 
Custom Bracelet Boxes of Walnut and Cherry
Custom Bracelet Boxes of Walnut and Cherry

Summer Projects, Part One

One of the projects that kept me busy this summer 2016 was this batch of custom boxes for a jewelry shop in Vermont.

Raintree, located at 165 Main St, Vergennes, VT 05491 is carrying my ring & keepsake boxes. This photo is of one group of boxes, part of a larger order in anticipation of the upcoming end-of-year shopping season.
Custom Ring & Keepsake Boxes using fine Hardwoods

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.