Custom Keepsake Boxes
Custom Keepsake Boxes
"One of a Kind," Signed and Dated

Each Keepsake Box is custom built, one at a time by me. Most people love boxes and I collect boxes myself and now have over 35 in my collection. I even have the old cigar boxes from my childhood. I spend a lot of time choosing just the right woods to complement each other. Most are Exotic woods and none are on any endangered list. I use only solid stock, there is no veneer in any of these boxes, unless specified. All of the woods are their natural color, I use no dyes or stains. Every thing I make gets a "Hand Rubbed Oil Finish". Usually five to eight coats. This is a blend of five oils that provides the best finish possible. The finish was developed for the marine environment. The base is polyurethane.

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$280.00
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Model: 978

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box is made from Australian CYPRESS, Scientific Name:Callitris glauca, sometimes called, Cypress-Pine, Murray Pine and Murray River Pine. Found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. There is a high degree of color variability in Australian cypress, as the sapwood can be cream- or straw-colored, while the heartwood ranges from honey-gold to brown, with darker knots throughout to add character. For a warm, rustic, "country" look, Australian cypress is an excellent choice. Over time there may be some slight ambering or muting of color tones. It has a fine, lustrous texture with a typically straight grain. The wood has an aromatic smell. This species grows in a semi-arid area of Australia, which bestows on it the unique property of being the only commercial softwood that is actually harder (Janka Hardness: 1375) than....................... 

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Model: 977

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is in the “Rosewood” family, of which there are over 200 species and Cocobolo being one of the most expensive. Seem Cocobolo is recognized more often than most exotic woods. This wood is most “asked for” from box collectors. Colors range from almost black to bright reds and yellows to a orange tint, truly a rainbow of colors. A heavy, durable hardwood from Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Cocobolo is known for wide color variation and great stability. Well know to violin “Bow” makers. Cocobolo is one of the most expensive woods in the world and getting harder to find, not because it's on any endangered list, but because most of the premium logs are going to veneer mills to be processed into veneer (plywood) and the solid stock is getting.................... 

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Model: 976

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is in the “Rosewood” family, of which there are over 200 species and Cocobolo being one of the most expensive. Seem Cocobolo is recognized more often than most exotic woods. This wood is most “asked for” from box collectors. Colors range from almost black to bright reds and yellows to a orange tint, truly a rainbow of colors. A heavy, durable hardwood from Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Cocobolo is known for wide color variation and great stability. Well know to violin “Bow” makers. Cocobolo is one of the most expensive woods in the world and getting harder to find, not because it's on any endangered list, but because most of the premium logs are going to veneer mills to be processed into.................. 

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Model: 975

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Goncalo Alves (Astronium, spp) also known as Tigerwood is boldly striped specie which has an orangish/reddish brown background with wide dark brownish black striping. Found in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. Tigerwood, as the name suggests, is specie which exhibits a wide range of color/striping. The striping can vary from fine lines to bold, brush strokes. The background color can range from light tans to darker orange browns. Tigerwood exhibits a large degree of color change with a pronounced darkening of the background under the stripes from an orangey tan to a deep reddish brown color, which then in turn makes the striping less contrasting and more subtle. This one of the hardest woods you will find. Tigerwood is 170% as hard as red oak (2160 on the Janka Scale. The top is made out of................ 

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Model: 974

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Santos Rosewood, of the species Machaerium scleroxylon, was introduced to the market as a substitute for Rio Rosewood. While not a true rosewood of the genus Dalbergia, the wood offers users the look of the endangered species, although not necessarily all of its properties. Santos Rosewood is now considered a valuable wood on its own merits and is most often used for architectural woodworking and high-end furniture. Interwood Forest Products Inc. publishes a handbook of woods, "Veneers - A Fritz Kohl Handbook," which explains the history of Santos Rosewood. Brought on the market earlier as a substitute wood for Rio Rosewood, this wood has established itself today as a highly decorative furniture wood. The lighter and more distinctive the red coloring is, the more valuable the wood. While Santos Rosewood looks................. 

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Model: 973

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from Zebrawood, (Zebrano -Microberlinia brazzavillensis) this course, heavy African hardwood is named for its zebra-stripe appearance when quarter- sawn. Zebrawood is very attractive, but difficult to work because of alternating hard and soft grain. Used for furniture, veneer, game boards, small boxes and decorative items. Zebrano has the most fantastic grain pattern of any wood that I work with. The inlays in opposite corners are American Black Walnut and American Holly. This Chest was build so the grain "wraps" around the Chest and matches on all four corners, matching three is easy, but matching................ 

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Model: 972

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Canarywood, (Centrolobium spp, family: Leguminosae) from Panama to southern Brazil.  Yellow to orange in color, typically variegated with light to dark red streaking. It has a medium to high luster. It can be some what variable in density; it is mostly a hard, heavy and strong wood. Works very easily with both hand and power tools and finishes very smoothly. This is an exceptional exotic wood from Africa. Uses: Boat building, turnery, decorative veneers, cooperage, furniture, cabinetry, and custom treasure boxes of all kinds. Canarywood is my favorite wood to work with, it’s easy to machine with all tools, finishing very smoothly but attention must be paid to sanding to get the smooth finish that shows......... 

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Model: 971

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box is made from Marblewood,Zygia racemosa (syn. Marmaroxylon racemosum, Pithecellobium racemosum) of the family Leguminosae (subfamily Mimosoideae), the legume or pea family.  There are numerous woods that have the common name "marblewood" but this is the real name for this wood. Marblewood is very distinctive, rare, and very expensive. It is a South American wood and looks somewhat like zebrawood but much more dense and a wider spacing of the light/dark stripes.  The color seems to be a constant “Golden Yellow”, whereas Zebrawood ranges from tan to white in color. Both having the dark strips. The inlay in face of Chest is...................... 

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Model: 970

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box is made from Australian CYPRESS, Scientific Name:Callitris glauca, sometimes called, Cypress-Pine, Murray Pine and Murray River Pine. Found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. There is a high degree of color variability in Australian cypress, as the sapwood can be cream- or straw-colored, while the heartwood ranges from honey-gold to brown, with darker knots throughout to add character. For a warm, rustic, "country" look, Australian cypress is an excellent choice. Over time there may be some slight ambering or muting of color tones. It has a fine, lustrous texture with a typically straight grain. The wood has an aromatic smell. This species grows in a semi-arid area of Australia, which bestows on it the unique property of being the only..................... 

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Model: 969

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box is made from Bocote, (Cordia elaeagnoides) also called Mexican or Mayan Rosewood, this attractive wood is a product of Central and northern South America. This wood is very hard and dense with a distinctive striped-to-flowered grain. This wood has streaks of Gold, Yellow and Black running thru it. Bocote is a wonderful wood to work with and has a fantastic grain pattern and finishes very well. In recent years, Bocote has become one of the most expensive woods that I work with. Nothing matches its "grain Pattern" for beauty. The front and back edges are................... 

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Model: 967

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from Zebrawood, (Zebrano -Microberlinia brazzavillensis) this course, heavy African hardwood is named for its zebra-stripe appearance when quarter- sawn. Zebrawood is very attractive, but difficult to work because of alternating hard and soft grain. Used for furniture, veneer, game boards, small boxes and decorative items. Zebrano has the most fantastic grain pattern of any wood that I work with. This Chest was build so the grain "wraps" around the Chest and matches on all four corners, matching three is easy, but matching four took me a long time to figure out. The joiner work is a "Double box joints" which is very strong and very attractive. Most people know and will identify this wood very quickly. It’s easy to see why................... 

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Model: 966

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Bubinga, (Guibourtia demeusii) this strong, heavy West African hardwood is rose to red in color with dark streak running throughout it and often found in striped to mottled figure. Bubinga is naturally reddish in color and twice the density of Paduak, also a red colored wood, but about the same density as Cardinal Wood, which is also red in color. These three woods are sometimes mistaken for each other. Bubinga is very durable and a excellent choice for custom cabinetry, high-end furniture and specialty boxes. This is one of the "difficult woods" to work with, you need very sharp tools and sanding has to be perfect or sanding marks will show. Not an easy wood to work with, but the end results are well worth it.This Chest was build so...................... 

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Model: 965

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box is made from Bocote, (Cordia elaeagnoides) also called Mexican or Mayan Rosewood, this attractive wood is a product of Central and northern South America. This wood is very hard and dense with a distinctive striped-to-flowered grain. This wood has streaks of Gold, Yellow and Black running thru it. Bocote is a wonderful wood to work with and has a fantastic grain pattern and finishes very well. In recent years, Bocote has become one of the most expensive woods that I work with. Nothing matches its "grain Pattern" for beauty. Available lumber is short and generally narrow. This Chest was build so the grain "wraps" around the Chest and................... 

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Model: 964

This custom "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Santos Rosewood, of the species Machaerium scleroxylon, was introduced to the market as a substitute for Rio Rosewood. While not a true rosewood of the genus Dalbergia, the wood offers users the look of the endangered species, although not necessarily all of its properties. Santos Rosewood is now considered a valuable wood on its own merits and is most often used for architectural woodworking and high-end furniture. Interwood Forest Products Inc. publishes a handbook of woods, "Veneers - A Fritz Kohl Handbook," which explains the history of Santos Rosewood. Brought on the market earlier as a substitute wood for Rio Rosewood, this wood has.......... 

Model: 919

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box is made fromSantos Rosewood, of the speciesMachaerium scleroxylon, was introduced to the market as a substitute for Rio Rosewood. While not a true rosewood of the genus Dalbergia, the wood offers users the look of the endangered species, although not necessarily all of its properties. Santos Rosewood is now considered a valuable wood on its own merits and is most often used for................................


 
Model: 911

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from Marblewood, Zygia racemosa (syn. Marmaroxylon racemosum, Pithecellobium racemosum) of the family Leguminosae (subfamily Mimosoideae), the legume or pea family.  There are numerous woods that have the common name "marblewood" (notably East Indian Ebony but many others as well), but this is what should really be meant when using that term. It is very distinctive, rare, and very expensive. It is a South American wood and looks somewhat like................... 

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Model: 910

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from American Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is among the most desirable hardwoods. Walnut has long been the favorite of furniture makers for building high-end furniture. There is something about Walnut that speaks quality and most people know and love this wood. Often said to be “America’s Premier Wood” This medium weight, attractive wood is sawn into a variety of figures, including crotch, burl and fiddle back. Works carves and turns extremely well. Walnut is prized for furniture, clock cases, gunstocks, and musical instruments and “one of a kind” boxes of all kinds. There is something about Walnut that speaks quality and most people know and love this wood. This is some of the best looking Walnut that I have ever had in my shop. It is very old, somewhere between 90 and 120 years old. This American Black Walnut came into my father’s possession when he was in his early 30’s which he got.................. 

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Model: 909

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from American Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is among the most desirable hardwoods. Walnut has long been the favorite of furniture makers for building high-end furniture. There is something about Walnut that speaks quality and most people know and love this wood. Often said to be “America’s Premier Wood” This medium weight, attractive wood is sawn into a variety of figures, including crotch, burl and fiddle back. Works carves and turns extremely well. Walnut is prized for furniture, clock cases, gunstocks, and musical instruments and “one of a kind” boxes of all kinds. There is something about Walnut that speaks quality and most people know and love this wood. This is some of the best looking Walnut that I have ever had in my shop. It is very old, somewhere between 90 and 120 years old. This American Black Walnut came into my father’s possession when he was in his early 30’s which he got from his father who was a cabinet and clock maker. My Great Grandfather, who lived on Brushy Mountain in................. 

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Model: 908

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from Wenge (Millettia Laurentii Family), is a member of the great tree producing family, Leguminosae and comes from Zaire and other small countries of West Africa. There are about 40 species of Millettia, many of them tropical vines and shrubs. The tree variety can attain heights of 90 feet with a bole as large as 3-4 feet in diameter. The heartwood is dark brown, almost black. On the quartersawn surface, fine pencil-thin, light tan lines interspersed with blackish brown stripes make the surface appear as if it has been stroked by the fine claws of some wild jungle animal. On the tangential surface, the light lines show.............. 

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Model: 907

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from American Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is among the most desirable hardwoods. Walnut has long been the favorite of furniture makers for building high-end furniture. There is something about Walnut that speaks quality and most people know and love this wood. Often said to be “America’s Premier Wood” This medium weight, attractive wood is sawn into a variety of figures, including crotch, burl and fiddle back. Works carves and turns extremely well. Walnut is prized for furniture, clock cases, gunstocks, and musical instruments and “one of a kind” boxes of all kinds. There is something about Walnut that speaks quality and most people know and love this wood. This is some of the best looking Walnut that I have ever had in my shop. It is very old, somewhere between 90 and 120 years old. This American Black Walnut came into my father’s possession when he was in his early 30’s which he got from his father who was a cabinet and clock maker. My Great Grandfather, who lived on...................... 

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