Handmade ephemera, icons, wood-carving & kipple

Oslo, Norway · 4 Sales


Handmade ephemera, icons, wood-carving & kipple

Oslo, Norway 4 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Mark Francombe

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Mark Francombe

Sugar Rose Alien Puzzle
A thimble, the fly and the unfortunate lady.
The Angry Bow tie lady and the Hindu Shrine
Indian Sugar Rose
Jesus, a joker amd a buddhist box of kipple
Chinese dragonfly pig girl
Chilli Chick
Jesus, the grenadier & the Grenoan girl
Carved wooden businessman
Carved Wooden Guarding man.
Carved wooden Priest
Hand-made wooden Bird and Hand box
The BEST Best Man
The Cage Cross
The Big Cross


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pam on Nov 19, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

YAY, Norway Mark I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my Kipple Box!!!!!! Super fantastic!!! Thanks so much! Can't wait to buy another!!!!! So cool!!!


Kipple is a term I stole from the Sci Fi author Philip K Dick. I use it to mean a collection of odd and somewhat useless stuff.

I first started making boxes in about 1987, at the time I was using soldered tin (from food tins) plaster, wax, drift-wood, resin and lead.

My whole artistic practice stopped for a while after college, struggling to find a way to survive, busy with a rather experimental pop promo company I started, and finally with the Cranes, the band I had been playing with.

After recording six albums with them, touring the world extensively and nearly 8 years had elapsed, I found that I had a huge cardboard box, filled to the brim with “weird shit that I had bought on tour”. Mostly from gas stations, sometimes from tourist shops you go to on your few hours off, and sometimes strange gifts from fans. “Welcome to Maryland” stickers, miniature water pistols, glow in the dark Virgin Mary’s, dice, cards, comics (in all languages) pens, skulls, scorpions in resin. ALL SORTS OF TRASH!

SO… one day I was going through it and realized that in a somewhat unfortunate and tacky way, it represented my memories of the last few years, and as such deserved better display. I acquired some simple wooden boxes, and stuck it all in. Not in any particular order, (I couldn’t remember exactly where or when some of it had come from anyhow ) just randomly. I was very happy with the result, and was struck by the complete picture each box gave. Buddha’s were next to Jesus’, rocks from Arizona were next to shells from Seattle, free toys from McDonald were next to plastic Eiffel towers.

Now you can have one!


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  • Mark Francombe

    Owner, Top Dog

    Hi may name is Mark, ex member of 90's indie hipsters The Cranes, after years of producing Kipple boxes, Im now trying something new with Wood Carved Kipple, and thinking about getting back into Jewellery. Watch this space!

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