Solid English Oak Jewellery | Keepsake | Valet Box || purple resin river inlaid lid


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A handmade Solid English Oak jewellery or keepsake box, with amazing purple, grey and pearlescent resin detail in the lid.

This box came from a large old oak plank which came to me as waste from another woodworker: it was split, warped and damaged. With time and patience this is the first of the boxes from that wood. The lid has 3 main sections that have been enhanced with beautiful resin that is partly translucent. The resin has been polished to near perfect clarity meaning the full depth of the resin work lends its beauty to this box. The corners of the box and lid have been smoothed round showing more of the beautiful grain and detail of the joints.

The box is finished in (food safe) oil and then polished with wax to bring out the beautiful colours. The lid in hinged at the rear using chrome hinges.

The interior of the box measures 23cm x 18cm x 8cm and is finished in outstanding blue suede leather. I can customise this with dividers for watches or a tray for jewellery storage for a small additional cost. Please contact me for information.

The exterior measures 25cm x 20cm x 11cm.

Whenever possible in Lifetimber products I use second life timber, that is timber that has had a previous life as something else, is reclaimed or salvaged or often was waste or offcuts from another project or woodworker. Most of the wood that I use is reclaimed or offcut hardwoods that are naturally slow growing. This timber is always beautiful and often has character that means it was hard for others to use. I always work with the natural beauty of the wood, highlighting, celebrating and enhancing the natural flaws, knots and patina.

The core philosophy of Lifetimber’s process is to minimise waste: I try to make use of every ounce of wood that comes into my workshop, even the sawdust! By considering a Lifetimber product, you will be helping rescue gorgeous wood from an ignominious end.

Obviously, wood is a natural product and Lifetimber celebrates that: if you are looking for conformity, repeatability and laser cut precision then you are probably looking at the wrong product… but you have read this far! I therefore encourage you to consider a unique Lifetimber product for all the beauty and joy that it will bring.

If you like what you see and have read, but are after a bespoke commission or customised product, then please get in contact with your requirements and I will see what I can do! Pete –


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