Wow, Wild At Heart Wood! Look at that box!
I confess, and I hope Laurens Cotton of Birmingham, Alabama won't me going on about myself for a moment, but I have been wanting to learn to work with wood with the specific intent of making boxes, ever since I was a little girl. My father was a master craftsman with a woodshop any wood artisan would have been honored to work in. It was my dream to be able to learn from him some day, but an illness took him away far too soon.
But this fall, I was finally able to begin learning via another master craftsman, Patrick Stafford of Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. And I was finally able to make my first box out of mahogany. And let me tell you, it is no easy task.
The box below is a work of art! Please visit this artisans store: