The first finished commission

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I am delighted to share some images of a rather lovely keepsake box I made as a first commission. It has been kept well under wraps as it was for a dear friends wife's 40th Birthday. This is truly a one of a kind box, I was honoured to be asked to make something unique for such a special birthday. 

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The box is made from solid American Black Walnut with a Ripple Sycamore lining giving a great contrast when opening. 

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The feather in-lay is made out of yew and hand cut into the american black walnut top, it was a tricky process as any gaps or rips would stand out like a sore thumb. The feather is made up from individual cut pieces of yew, arranged to create the lines and lightness of a feather. 

Happy Birthday Michelle, I hope it brings many years of pleasure.