Love Letters Handcrafted Box
This beautiful handcrafted box was built by talented US artisan Craig Johnson. Craig and his wife Carol run Studio Tupla in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The studio focuses on the core principles of thoughtful design and careful selection of materials. Craig uses hand tools to create stunning, functional furniture pieces.
Craig creates his works with the hope that they will be used daily, but he also strives to make them aesthetically and textural delightful, and inviting to the touch of the hand.
Story: The attractive yellow birch used in this handcrafted box was harvested more than 150 years ago. The log was lost when it slid into the depths of a local lake, but the waters and minerals preserved the wood perfectly over the next century and half. The log was recently reclaimed and milled. Craig jumped at the chance to purchase some of this beautiful material and give it a new life – and an important mission – in the form of this simple, sliding lid box. It is perfect for storing your love letters or any other precious item or collection that has personal meaning.
Craig says; “Images of water and sky created by the contrasting colors of the heartwood and sapwood on the sides of this hand-cut dovetailed box are reminders of the tree’s long history”. He used adjacent sections of the board for the sides and the lid frame, and allowed the color and grain lines to wrap up and onto the top of the box. Craig hand-carved a recessed pull and created softened edges throughout the piece so that they are gentle to the touch.
The Love Letters handcrafted box was the recipient of the “Judges Award” at the 2014 Northern Woods Exhibition in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. It also appeared in the Readers Gallery of Fine Woodworking magazine, Issue #243, 2014.
Materials: This handcrafted box is constructed of yellow birch and bird’s eye maple and finished with shellac and beeswax polish.
Dimensions: 11L X 7D X 4H