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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 1170 days ago 3395 views 24 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys

We were commissioned to make this box as a gift for HRH Prince William & Catherine Middleton.
The box is made from native sycamore and has 2 lift out trays. Each tray has been divided up into 12 sections and then covered in lamb nappa. On the front of the trays there is some inlay work which is an abstract crown and is made from polyester resin. The main box lid consists of 6 pieces of slip matched ripple sycamore running at an angle with the royal monogram in the middle, the monogram is made from dyed blue and boxwood veneers produced by Aryma Uk http://www.marquetry.co.uk/news/ and has been sand shaded to add depth.
The lid border and escutcheon is made with black acetal, the lock strike plates where produced on my mill from brass and the hinges were produced to my specs.
Finished with 3 coats of blonde shellac followed by wax for a silky smooth finish.

Watch the video

Cheers

Ian

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/





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Mickey Cassiba

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#1 posted 1170 days ago

Now there’s a feather in your cap…a royal commission! I can remember, long ago, on a pass through London, old shops with plaques on the doorpost stating ‘Purveyors to’ this or that. Could one of those plaques be in your organization’s future?
BTW beautiful work!

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Brandon

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#2 posted 1170 days ago

Beautiful piece of work. The top is really stunning great work!

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 1170 days ago

Amazing work all the way around on this! Congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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peteg

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#4 posted 1170 days ago

This is a truly “understated” piece of class work at it’s best, beautifully done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Armand

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#5 posted 1170 days ago

Beautiful box, smooth and elegant looking box.

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rance

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#6 posted 1170 days ago

You’re sick man! :) That is truly awesome work.

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SSMDad

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#7 posted 1170 days ago

Beautiful box Ian and such an honor you received with this commission. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope the royal couple enjoy and appreciate this work of art! Most sincere wishes for HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton. May they have a long and happy life together.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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BigTiny

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#8 posted 1170 days ago

If the piece had been commissioned by H.R.H. Prince William, a “royal warrant” could be issued. Since it seems this was commissioned as a gift for him and is bride to be by another person, such a warrant would not be available.

Royal warrants are usually awarded to companies or individuals who supply goods or sevices to a member of the royal household on a regular basis, not to single item suppliers.

I can see it now: By Appointment, suppliers of toilet paper to Her Majesty, Queen Elisabeth II.

(grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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littlecope

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#9 posted 1170 days ago

Masterful Work Ian and quite the Honor!!
Congratulations!!

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Roger

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#10 posted 1170 days ago

Craftsmanship at its best. just beautiful

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woodman1962

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#11 posted 1170 days ago

Absolutely a great looking box I love the details .And i really like the way the hinges are they make it look so strong.Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures

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Bruce

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#12 posted 1170 days ago

I think one of the screws is out of alignment. LOL

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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ruddy

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#13 posted 1170 days ago

Ian,
That is simply a work of art. Thanks for attaching the video and showing how you create these wonderful boxes. The marquetry inlay by Ayrma is inspiring, thank you for showing your work. You are the master.

On a different note, here is quote from Buckingham Palace on the eve of the wedding.

Apparently Will & Kate said they didn’t want the traditional fruitcake at the reception, but Phil said stuff ‘em, he’s going anyway.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#14 posted 1170 days ago

Superb craftsmanship Ian, truly an heirloom and wonderful gift for the Royal Couple, you are obviously extremely proud of your work, and rightly so.
I join with others wishing Prince William and Catherine a happy and long life together, I believe they were made for each other and this happy event is a shining light in these dark days of depression.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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spunwood

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#15 posted 1170 days ago

Really neat stuff, but what are the circular trays for holding?

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