Creating fine boxes gives you and overview of the process involved from commissioning a bespoke box to handcrafting that box.
Commissioning a Fine Box
Creating your fine handmade box begins with communication, a dialogue with you to fully appreciate your requirements and to discover what is possible.
Visit our commissions page for more information on the process.
Designing a Fine Box
The design may go through a number of iterations before we reach a design you are fully happy with. An accepted final design proposal allows me to schedule the work.
Visit our design page to help you understand the design process.
Selecting the Materials for a Fine Box
Work then commences with the selection of materials to complement the design. These might include hardwood timbers, hardwood veneers or combinations of both.
We keep some hardwoods and veneers in stock. Any other stock can be sourced and may need to be seasoned before use. This may impact the time taken to complete the commission.
Creating the Box
Using the design to create layout drawings and cuttings lists, we cut and dimension the components. Then, joint and assemble the parts with the grain flowing around the box.
We make the contents, such as smaller boxes, trays and drawers to fit. After, we line the handmade box with an exquisite fabric or a contrasting timber as required.
We also apply any external decoration, such as marquetry. to the box.
Finally, the box is finished with a durable polish.
This takes about. . .
The whole plan creating fine boxes is dependent upon the complexity of the fine box and any necessary seasoning; this may take anything from a few days to several months. However, the careful selection of materials and a considered design could significantly reduce the time.