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Welcome. You have wandered into the shop of an old box maker.

I employ techniques in my craft that are hundreds of years old. My style of box is called a “tine” in Norway and “svespask” in Sweden.

The box sides are formed by boiling thin strips of wood, then bending them around a form. After the sides dry they are laced with root of cane.

A bottom is cut, fit, then held in place with wooden pegs.

A lid is cut and fit to the box, it may be held in place by notched latching posts, depending on the box style.

The woods I use are selected for beauty and bend ability. I also work with Siberian birch bark. The bark from Siberia is very thick and works well for box…

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  • Male
  • Born on January 26
  • Joined November 17, 2008

Favorite materials

wood, birch bark, flat reed

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Harmonycraft
Harmony Bentwood Boxes

About

Welcome. You have wandered into the shop of an old box maker.

I employ techniques in my craft that are hundreds of years old. My style of box is called a “tine” in Norway and “svespask” in Sweden.

The box sides are formed by boiling thin strips of wood, then bending them around a form. After the sides dry they are laced with root of cane.

A bottom is cut, fit, then held in place with wooden pegs.

A lid is cut and fit to the box, it may be held in place by notched latching posts, depending on the box style.

The woods I use are selected for beauty and bend ability. I also work with Siberian birch bark. The bark from Siberia is very thick and works well for box sides.

If a box is to be painted, and the grain won’t be seen, I use bending poplar plywood from Italy.

I like to come up with new designs, but stay with the traditional techniques.

I craft the boxes one at a time, from lifting the boiled side out of the water pan, to hand rubbing the oil into the finished box.

I also weave Nordic stars. The eight pointed Nordic star has special meaning to Scandinavians and I try to honor this by dedicating my stars to deities in Norse mythology.

Everything coming out of my shop is unconditionally guaranteed.

I hope you can find a box or star in my shop to suit your needs.

Thank you for stopping by.

Dave Cox

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