Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Jewelry Box Design

This beautiful, one-of-a-kind sculptured jewelry box was just completed.

The body of this box is African wenge with ebony "butterfly" splines reinforcing the mitered corners and macassr ebony legs mortised into the corners.

The lid is a 4 way book matched macassar ebony burl veneered panel framed in sapele with a walnut and macassar ebony.

The tray and dividers are made of walnut, wenge and macasar ebony.

As always, no stains are used. This is the natural color of the woods.  It is finished with special oils and waxes and hand rubbed to a high luster.

To view more photos, or to purchase, please visit my website.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Tea Box Design

This striking tea box is constructed of Bolivian rosewood with ebony "butterfly" splines at the mitered corners.

The lid is a veneered panel of birds eye maple framed in wenge with a macassar ebony and sapele border and a rosewood  knob.

This box has unique rounded edges and the cherry wood dividers accommodate lager 3"x4" gourmet teat bags.  There is space to hold eight varieties of your favorite teas.


This box is signed by the artist and all if the woods used are listed on the bottom.

This beautiful one-of-a-kind box is finished with special oils and waxes and hand rubbed to a high luster.

To view more and to purchase, please click here.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Spotlight on Artist, Don Boudreau

New England wood artisan Donald Boudreau started his life's dream in 1992 when he and his wife Carol sold everything and moved aboard their 49 foot sailboat "Domicile" and started an around the world cruise.  During their many adventures, one thing in particular captivated Don. It was the beauty and unique qualities of the tropical hardwoods, which he found in Central & South America and the South Pacific.

Six years and 25,000 miles later, they found themselves in New Zealand with an extensive wood collection and a yearning for shore life.

After settling in South Florida, Don started building boxes using some of the woods he encountered on their adventure.

No stains or dyes used in his Award Winning designs. While there are many chemical stains and dyes available to alter the appearance of wood, he prefers to reveal its innate beauty. By doing so, he is able to emphasize the natural colors, textures, and intricate grain patterns as well as showcase any of the imperfections that give the piece a unique personality.

Since box making has endless possibilities, Don is constantly searching for new and exotic woods to incorporate into new designs. Don was invited to show his work at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.

Don is a member and past president of the South Florida Woodworking Guild.