We've been doing a series of "story" boxes that tell a story when opened and closed, and here's our latest effort,which is still being finished: Little Red Riding Hood going into the woods,and a wolf inside. The sides are reclaimed ironwood, and the top and base are woodburned and painted maple. Our previous effort, an "Eden" box, turned out beautifully, as you can see below. And a special thanks to all the lovely people who turned out at Art City Austin and bought boxes. You make it possible for us to have this wonderful life of creative expression. Thank you. And remember that we'll be at the Texas State Art Fair in Kerrville May 24-26.
This weekend we'll be at Art City Austin on Cesar Chavez with many of the boxes on these pages! Please come out and see us and all the other amazing artists in this art fair. It should be a beautiful weekend to enjoy this.
This is a great opportunity to do gift shopping for the year- consider buying your gifts from the artists directly instead of from stores,which usually take 50% commission on an artist's work.
If you are thinking of having a custom box made, this is a great time to discuss it with us. Below is a custom box we recently made for the ashes of the father of our dear friend.
Because Tom is getting fed up with hinged boxes, here is a new effort without them: pink ivory wood inlaid with turquoise, on curved wenge legs, wenge top and base, turquoise lid lift. I just love the glowing color of the pink ivory. Really, this is one of my favorites in a while- although it turned out quite differently from the original plan.
This is now for sale under "Constructed Boxes."
Here is how the "Garden of Eden" box is going so far. It has bocote sides and we made it a tall little cabinet. The sides have birds bandsawn and woodburned on the top. I just love how the glass snake pull turned out- it's sewn to the wood with copper. These door will slide open- Tom is a freaking genius at engineering these things, especially since until yesterday we intended to hinge it- but as I said, he's fed up with hinges and so is highly motivated to be creative.
Below is a pic of how the doors will slide open to reveal the inside.
Tom Beach and Amanda Walker