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Walnut Burl Jewelry Box

This was an early box. It was my first “shaped side” box.

The edging is boxwood, highlighted with a simple black-black/white/black line all around. The lid is a four-way book-match, and the sides are two-piece bookmatch, all taken from four consecutive sheets so that the front/back, and the two sides are identical. There are forty individual pieces of veneer.

The box is 11” L x 6 1/4” W x 5 1/4” H. I inlayed a small white/black/white line along the lip of the lid and base to accent the inner edge. The edge veneer (between lid and base) is bookmatched to flow into the faces. The 2 1/2” brass Queen Anne handles are from

I used a small brass lock escutcheon (and lock, both from to leave the burl front unobstructed. I’ve since adopted these unobtrusive little escutcheons as my favorite. There are no inlays in the lid for the same reason; looking for overall balance in proportions and decoration. I really like inlays but it’s easy to go too far and let things get too busy. This box seemed to want to stop here.

This is an early box, so the interior is lined with dark green velvet rather than the pig suede I normally use now. I sometimes veneer the interior with figured wood but I almost always line some part of the interior because I personally like that “finished” and softer feel of the suede or velvet. There are three individual trays of cocobolo; dividers are pinned with brass, and also lined with green velvet.

I believe this particular shape was pioneered, or at least popularized, by Andrew Crawford ( ). The graceful curves add a sophistication to the profile, however, the curves offer some challenges, particularly with the three-way miters on the edging. There are not many 45 degree cuts, which makes fitting them more challenging, with the fitting being mostly all by hand. The finish is French polish over Liberon spirit sanding sealer, with super-blond shellac.

Thanks for taking a look.


A classic beauty Roger.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway


The design balance on these veneers is exceptional. Of course, the box is exceptional, too!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Another great box Roger.

Everything align perfectly.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Love the wood you chose for this; the figure is beautiful and complements your inlay!

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

I had a chance to admire this box previously but it’s nice to see it again as it is always a joy to see your work and first class craftsmanship .


When I previously viewed this box on another site I said wow, an absolute work of art. When I just viewed it again I said, wow, a absolute work of art and craftsmanship. Roger – Your work is inspiring, and I love your E-books which I have purchased from Andrew Crawford’s site. Can you tell me where you order your pig suede from? I just completed two boxes for my granddaughter’s K-5 teachers and I flocked the bottom of the tray and box. I will never do this again; once was enough. I think velvet or suede would have been a better choice for the teacher boxes. Thanks for posting Roger, I have always been inspired by your work.

-- Steve Gaskins

Thanks all, for the nice comments.

Steve: Tandy Leather (I think their stores are called “The Leather Factory” or such) has some pig suede in a limited number of colors. I have some from them, and their hides are only about 7-8 sq ft. I also have some from Alma Leather in London, UK. They have a wide range of colors, and will ship here, though the hides are typically about 20 sq ft. Andrew Crawford ( has begun offering 1/4, 1/2, and whole hides in two or three colors as well, making the larger hides available at a reasonable price. Those are my three best sources.

Thanks Roger, I certainly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions concerning the suede.

-- Steve Gaskins

Another beautiful box outstanding.

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