Favorite Boxes Revisited
Some wonderful boxes have been posted here on LJ, but after a while, they tend to get lost in the library. I’ve chosen five favorites that deserve another visit. I’m not proposing that I’ve chosen the five best, nor have I intentionally excluded any others, just that I really, really like these boxes and think these makers deserve to be rewarded with another look. I could easily post another five, and another… perhaps I will.
It’s fun to return to some of these great pieces and makers.
Andrew Crawford – Shropshire, England
As a professional maker, teacher, and author, Andrew is one of the foremost box makers of our age. His flawless craftsmanship, innovative designs and procedures are legendary.
This particular box uses double veneering, use of the rough edges of the yew over-veneer, and black “hardware” which is all made from ebony. The interior literally jumps out at you when the box is opened.
His gallery section at www.fine-boxes.com will provide hours of inspiration. I also posted a review and blog of my visits to his shop in Shropshire. They can be found at www.lumberjocks.com/rogerbean.
A Christmas Jewelry Box
Dan Moshiem – Dorset, Vermont
This box is one that I keep coming back to as one of the most balanced and attractive solid boxes I’ve seen. A straightforward solid box that is really beautiful is a very hard thing to accomplish. The shape and proportions of this piece are just about perfect, and the dovetails look right at home here. Dan’s layered finish seems just right. I love this box.
Dinner on the Lake of Fire
Martyn Brewer – Devon England
Martyn’s boxes are familiar to all Lumberjocks, but this one is a particular favorite of mine. It’s a small box, and is all about the pattern. He’s a very prolific maker, and his creative designs cover a wide range. I liked this one so much I bought it! Martyn’s creativity never disappoints.
Jewelry Box for Step-Mom
LarryW – Nacogdoches, Texas
This box leaps to the forefront by virtue of the spectacular inlay work. The designs and workmanship are representative of the finest work. The box itself fits within a protective cover, which then fits within a wooden chest. It’s well worth a look at all three.
Brice McCartney – Philadelphia, PA
Like myself, Brice is a fan of Andrew’s work, but his particular interest is in veneered boxes with many parts and movements. This decanter box is an example of his fine work. This decanter box was designed to complement a humidor. Check them both out.
PS: He has one finished that is yet to be posted that is worth watching for.
I hope you enjoy revisiting these fine makers and projects as much as I do.
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)