HANDCRAFTED WOODEN BOXES

I design three general classes of wood boxes: organic, geometric and what I call traditional. These boxes can be used as jewelry boxes, keepsake boxes or a box to store small treasures. Nature and imagination play key roles in the process I use to design boxes. Wood is a rigid material. That’s not to say you cannot bend wood, but generally, we think of wood as being rigid. When I'm designing an organic box, I like to imagine that wood has the characteristics of a piece of sculpture’s clay, but with a unique grain pattern and color. I imagine starting with a rectangular piece of clay.  What shape would the clay take if bending, stretching, compressing or twisting forces were applied to the material? The process I take to design a box could take only hours, or maybe days. The end result is what is important to me, not the time I have spent designing the box. Once I decide on a shape that I find pleasing, I ask myself if it is possible to make such an object out of wood? What tools and methods would be needed? What kind of wood would be best – cherry, walnut, maple, maybe an exotic wood, such as wenge, yellowheart or marblewood? The handcrafted boxes in the organic section are a result of this process.

The geometric boxes have a strong geometric component. The overall shape of the box is generally rectangular (or triangular, pentagon, hexagon, etc.).

The traditional boxes do not usually contain organic or geometric components.

Click on the link associated with each box to obtain more information about the box.

Note: Wood being a natural material, actual boxes may vary slightly from the color and grain shown in the following images.