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This sculpted lid box, named The Leaf Box was inspired by the leaf of the ‘narrow-leaf cottonwood’ tree found near rivers and streams near where I live in the rocky mountains. The elegant book-matched lid lifts up and is sculpted by hand to make it appear thinner than it really is. The interior of the box is lined with genuine Ultrasuede. I finish each piece with 2 coats of lacquer followed by a top coat of paste wax hand applied with ‘0000′ steel wool to enhance the natural beauty of the exquisite exotic hardwoods. The Leaf box is appropriate for watches, pens & pencils, necklaces, or whatever other collectible/keepsake you can think of.
I've been making this box since I've moved to Colorado in 1997.

Dimensions Exterior: 11″x2.75″x1.25″
Dimensions Interior: 9" x 2" x .875"(deep)

Woods: See above pictures 4 and 5. Use zoom button for more detail. The ebony is Brazilian.

An original design by Eugene F Watson
Copyright 2016 Watson Woodworks, LLC

Frequently asked questions about watswood

The finish I use is a CAB acrylic lacquer from Sherwin Williams with the vinyl sealer base coat. I often use paste wax with steel wool to make the piece feel better to the touch and to bring out the sheen.
Very little care if any is necessary aside from removing dust occasionally. You can use an air canister if you like. You may also use any wax type polish to bring out the sheen. If alcohol or a chemical gets on the piece, wipe off immediately. Letting a chemical sit will ruin the finish.
The leather lining I use is a synthetic suede called Ultrasuede. It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Custom orders are accepted based on wood type only, unless a large quantity is desired. My boxes are all made in batches and are not conducive to size changes. I can do monograms as seen in this listing:

Elegant Keepsake Box with Sculpted Lid, 'The Leaf Box'



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: lacquer, shellac, Ultrasuede, Morado, Curly Maple, cocobolo, ebony, rosewood, granadillo, sapele, mahogany, red marblewood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 236 reviews
  • Favorited by: 67 people