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 TEA CADDY in BURR OAK
Designed and built by Andrew Crawford who describes it thus:
The first burr oak veneered box I did was the William Blake Pencil Box and I have done several to the same basic pattern but with different details and internal formats. As with the Harlequin Tea Caddy this is designed with an internal format copied from a Victorian box. It is decorated with fiddle back maple and curved motifs made from laminated dyed veneers. The interior comprises two separate tea caddies for different teas and a hand made lead crystal blending bowl.

The main carcasses of the curved boxes I make are formed by laminating mdf and then hand shaped using a hollow plane and by careful scraping and sanding. The lid is formed from 2 or 3 layers of 1.5mm birch ply laminated onto a curved form ~ this method produces a lid that is extremely light and stable. The whole box is then worked as a single piece ~ ensuring that all curves and edges are continuous ~ and then veneered. I always use a single piece of veneer for each side of a box and use no decoration around the lid margin ~ this ensures that the figure appears continuous.

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This shows a detail of the inlay motif that I have used all round the front and lid. The curved pieces were made from slivers cut from a curved laminated 'pack' of dyed veneers and the dots are abalone and Mother-of-Pearl.

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All the hardware on this box is gold plated

This beautiful box is a sample of the work of professional box-maker Andrew Crawford.  There is much more to see on Andrew's excellent site which can be found at http//www.fine-boxes.com or you can contact him by e-mail at ac@fine-boxes.com  The site features both a gallery of work and a sales area from which visitors can select and buy, on-line, examples of Andrew's inspirational work.

Andrew is also a presenter at the International Box Conference being held in Carlisle, UK on 21st - 22nd Sept 2001 to co-incide with the opening of the "Celebrating Boxes" Exhibition in which his work and that of many other boxmakers may be seen.

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