Keith Woods' Profile

About

The boxes I offer here and at kwoodsboxworks.com are all original designs, usually incorporating curved forms and frequently featuring legs of some kind. But besides the unusual designs, I feel what really sets my boxes apart is the materials.

I love wood. Real wood. I started making boxes as an excuse to get to work with beautiful wood- there's plenty of cheap stuff out there already. I want to make something real and beautiful.

All of my boxes are crafted of solid hardwoods using traditional techniques: no plywood, veneers, or metal fasteners are used (save for the brass hardware). This is actually quite unusual; even much more expensive boxes are today very frequently made of paper-thin veneers of real wood over plywood or MDF. This is a much cheaper way to make boxes, but I find it unappealing and dissatisfying, like one…

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  • Male
  • Born on March 1
  • Joined December 26, 2010

Favorite materials

Rosewood, Tiger Maple, Leopard Wood, Birdseye Maple, Koa, Wenge, Curly Ash, Satinwood, Quilted Maple, Ebony, Holly, Pale Moon Ebony

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About

The boxes I offer here and at kwoodsboxworks.com are all original designs, usually incorporating curved forms and frequently featuring legs of some kind. But besides the unusual designs, I feel what really sets my boxes apart is the materials.

I love wood. Real wood. I started making boxes as an excuse to get to work with beautiful wood- there's plenty of cheap stuff out there already. I want to make something real and beautiful.

All of my boxes are crafted of solid hardwoods using traditional techniques: no plywood, veneers, or metal fasteners are used (save for the brass hardware). This is actually quite unusual; even much more expensive boxes are today very frequently made of paper-thin veneers of real wood over plywood or MDF. This is a much cheaper way to make boxes, but I find it unappealing and dissatisfying, like one of those frosted cardboard cakes in the window of the bakery.

I use no stains or other enhancements on my boxes; just the finest instrument-grade domestic and exotic woods with stunning figure, colour, and texture. I go to great lengths to procure exceptional pieces of wood from which to make my pieces, driving hundreds of miles and spending hours upon hours culling through mountains of boards. My finishes are always natural shellac, and sometimes include linseed oil.

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