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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Intriguing Facts About Handmade Wooden Jewelry Boxes

Not many people know that only wood can produce handmade wooden jewelry boxes? The markings and traits of each handmade jewelry box cannot be duplicated. Sometimes, each box is customised to match the decor of the room and looks like a miniature of ornately carved furniture.

There are many types of jewelry boxes that follow different art styles like the Classic, Elizabethan, Victorian, Art Deco, and Contemporary forms. Close attention is paid to the making of some jewelry boxes to matching all sides of the box so as to achieve aesthetic balance. This is called book matching.

The band saw, a power tool, is used to carve single blocks of wood to produce band saw jewelry boxes. This tool has a blade made of metal with teeth along one side and is usually used to carve irregular shapes in wood. There will be no joints on this box and the lids are carved by hand. The inner side of the box is cut out and sanded for a good finish. Several exotic names are given to these band saw boxes because of their unusual shapes.

There are also those small handcrafted trinket boxes with feet and accents that can store dainty pieces of jewelry like necklaces, rings, earrings, etc. Then there are the 'watch boxes' originally called 'men's jewelery boxes', which are made exclusively for storing watches and each drawer is fitted with small watch pillows.

Jewelry boxes are usually fitted with dividers to act as partitions between sections. The large boxes have different levels and several drawers while the smallest one has just a single drawer and is commonly used as a snuff box!.

Cocobolo, sassafras, and wenge were some of the many kinds of wood that were used. In earlier times, carpenters would only use their own hands and hand tools to carve elaborate ornate jewelry boxes. Kauki is a very expensive, exotic, and rare wood and jewelry boxes made of this wood are considered family heirlooms and handed down over several generations.

Maple is favored in the manufacture of handmade wooden jewelry boxes. Of the more than 100 species of maple, the sugar maple, the European sycamore, hornbeam maple, and the red maple are generally preferred.

Each piece of wood is unique because of its markings caused by the elements, fungus, insects, and even genetic factors. The burls found in each piece of wood are unique and cannot be replicated. The various types of wood markings have different names: curly, birds-eye, spalted, bean claw, quilted, or fiddleback flamed.

Unique jewelry boxes are those that are not dyed with chemicals or stained but are those that are allowed to reveal their natural flaws that sever to enhance their beauty. The lining in each box is usually velvet or satin or some material that is equally soft and smooth. Silver is sometimes used for making hinges but brass and gold-plated hinges are the most common.

As such, handmade wooden jewelry boxes do not follow any set pattern. They come alive in the expert hands of a talented 'art carpenter' who knows instinctively the shape the box should take and produces an exquisitely carved work of art.

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