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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Model: 924

This custom-made "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............................. 

Model: 923

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake box is made from Pernambuco, Caesalpinia echinata is a species ofBrazilian timber tree in thepea family,Fabaceae. Common names includeBrazilwood,Pau-Brasil,Pau de Pernambuco,Pernambuco tree,Nicaragua woodand Ibirapitanga(Tupi). This plant has dense, orange-red heartwood that takes a high shine, and it is the premier wood used for makingbows for stringed instruments. The wood also yields a reddye called........................ 

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Model: 922

This custom-made "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........................... 

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Model: 921

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made fromAmerican Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is among the most desirable hardwoods. Walnut has long been the favorite of furniture makers for building high-end furniture. 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............................. 

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................................


 
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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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Model: 906

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from Honduras Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). Often named after the country it came from (i.e. Brazilian Mahogany, Peruvian Mahogany, etc.). Mahogany is scattered areas throughout central and South America including some Caribbean islands. The species is secure in El Salvador and Honduras, but it has become endangered or extinct in some regions of South America. Honduras mahogany trees once had a distribution covering most of South America. Supply of the wood is still plentiful thanks in part to plantation harvesting, where trees reaching heights of.................. 

Model: 905

This custom-made "One of a Kind" Keepsake Box is made from Bloodwood (Satine) (Brosimum Paraense) native of Brazil is a very heavy, close-grained, strong wood.  This wood is naturally red in color and twice the density of Paduak. The wood is very durable and works quite well for cabinetry, furniture and boxes. This wood is sometimes called “Cardinal Wood”. This wood has a sweet smell when machining, and is a great wood to “turn” on the lathe. There is a piece of Zebrawood on end of slide-out top. All of the woods are their natural color; I use no dyes or stains. I use only solid..................... 

Model: 893

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box 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..........................

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Model: 892

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from American Black Walnut (face and back) and Paduak (the ends). 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. This medium weight, attractive wood is sawn into a variety of figures, including crotch, burl and fiddleback. Walnut carves and turns extremely well. Walnut is prized for................................

Model: 891

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made is from the sap wood of a Bubinga tree that has spalted, only the sap wood will spalt, not the heart wood. Bubinga, (Guibourtia demeusii) this strong, heavy West African hardwood is red in color with dark streak running throughout it and often found in striped to mottled figure. Works well with sharp tools takes a great finish. Spalted woods of all species are highly valued by wood turners. In the decorative wood market, spalted wood is in high demand. Spalting is caused by....................................

Model: 890

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from KINGWOOD (Dalbergia cearensis) is in the “Rosewood” family, of which there are over 200 species and Kingwood being one of the most expensive. Also known as Violetwood, this heavy Central American hardwood is characterized by its rich coloration. It turns and machines well, but its dust is a serious irritant to some people. Kingwood is well suited for..............................

Model: 889

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from Zebrawood, (Zebrano - Microberlinia brazzavillensis) this coarse, heavy African hardwood is named for its zebra-stripe appearance when quarter- sawn. 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..............................

Model: 887

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from Paduak (Pterocarpus soyauxii) also called Vermillion; this decorative hardwood originates in Africa and the Andaman Islands, with one major variety native to Burma. This wood is naturally red to orange in color and sometimes there will be dark streaks running thru it. Works well, is used for furniture, flooring and architectural accents and “one of a kind” boxes of all kinds. Who says there............................

Model: 886

This custom built "one of a kind" Keepsake Box made from Paduak (Pterocarpus soyauxii) also called Vermillion; this decorative hardwood originates in Africa and the Andaman Islands, with one major variety native to Burma. This wood is naturally red to orange in color and sometimes there will be dark streaks running thru it. Works well, is used for....................

Model: 885

 

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......................

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