5 Favorite Boxes Revisited

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Blog entry by RogerBean posted 11-30-2013 05:03 PM 2448 reads 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Lapis 4000
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 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

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.

Decanter Box
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)

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#1 posted 11-30-2013 05:44 PM


Thanks for the editorial selection. All of these are astounding!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 06:02 PM

That was fun.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 06:09 PM

I’m lovin the middle 3.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 11-30-2013 07:58 PM

Nice selection Roger I like all of them and are great inspiration .

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 12-01-2013 01:08 AM

Those boxes are all inspiring for us wannabe box makers. As are yours Roger.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 02:08 AM

You got ta love it…Thanks for posting

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#7 posted 12-01-2013 06:41 AM

Awesome!! Thanks for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 10:54 AM

You boldly went where I would be afraid to go. Although all of these are superb pieces, I am not sure I could come up with my own top 5. The talent level here is mind boggling. Often times it comes down to preference of style. I will say, Britboxmaker is one of my favorites and would probably have a box in virtually everyone’s top group.

Thanks for the topic. I hope some of the newer members go back and look at many of these projects.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 12-01-2013 03:03 PM

Glad everyone enjoyed seeing these again. I made no effort to prioritize or rank any of them, just that these are some boxes that I really like. There are many more, not shown here, but equally deserving, that have become lost in the noise of so many project posts. With all the new members (and that’s a good thing) some of these superlative projects don’t stay up long. I just think that some are so good they deserve a second look. Thanks for sharing my enjoyment at looking a second time. Kudos to all these fine makers.

Make more boxes!


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 12-01-2013 03:07 PM

These are all beautiful and the craftsmanship is wonderful. I love to see their work and thanks for posting.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 12-01-2013 03:44 PM

I like them all thanks for posting them Roger only sorry to be a critic but the britboxmaker box I’m not fond of, to me it doesn’t sit well with the others though his skills are unique britboxmaker stands down below in my eyes compared to the others.

Edit in, I’d like to add these box makers are an inspiration to myself as are you Roger.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#12 posted 12-01-2013 04:27 PM

Those are beautiful boxes. Keep up the great work.

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#13 posted 12-02-2013 04:31 PM

Thank you for including my box in this post. I am glad you enjoy it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 01-08-2014 05:24 AM

Thanks for sharing your top five boxes. I love the brits box. and I think the pastry box he did is my favorite, do to the colors and pie shape, and all the lines met all around. Of course the step mom box has a lot of detail. besides the structure is the flowing marquetry. I’d buy a box from the britboxmaker, if he’d give me lessons on how to do it!

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#15 posted 01-09-2014 06:33 PM

Usually people PM me, if the box in question is for sale I give them a price, if they like the price they buy. Is that what you meant?!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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