Craftsman – Designing & Making Handmade Boxes

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Cliff Gidney is a craftsman designing and making fine handmade boxes from his studio workshop in North London.

He makes bespoke boxes and furniture to commission. He also develops a range of handmade limited edition boxes for sale.

Speculative boxes are sometimes created, mainly for exhibitions or to express a design or to work through an idea.

A Journey into Box Making

I trained as a furniture designer and maker with one of the leading furniture makers in the United Kingdom.

From an early age I was interested in drawing and design.  I studied design and technology with wood and metal subjects at school. While I never pursued it after college, life brought many other distractions such as travelling and an IT career instead.

I was introduced to bronze sculpting whilst living in Brussels.  This piqued my interest in the arts in general, and crafts in particular.  The craft of furniture making inspired me.  The wealth and precision of traditional hand-making and contemporary furniture making techniques, and the beauty of the wood strongly attracted me.

Fine box making requires creativity in design, attention to detail and good hand skills, the same as furniture making. I enjoy how fine box making brings these attributes together quickly within smaller projects, and therefore gives me the opportunity to play with designs and making methods.

What can I make for you?

fitting-lockBeautifully handcrafted decorative boxes can be made that you will enjoy for many years, and consequently an object to be inherited by your grandchildren.  A Cliff Gidney seal marks each box.

If you want to commission a fine box, I will work with you to identify your individual requirements and taste which will be reflected in the materials and design.  Visit the commission page because this will provide more detail on the commission process.

You can purchase limited edition boxes and speculative boxes directly.   Customised versions can be made of any box; the possibilities are limited by your imagination.  For more information please visit the Boxes for Sale page.

All boxes are handmade to a high quality using traditional hand-making and contemporary furniture making techniques.  The inside of the box is lined with fine materials that complement the design.  An appropriate finish completes the piece.

Visit my other site for fine furniture.