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A Box fit for a future King & Queen

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ian hawthorne30/04/2011 06:55:40
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Hi All

We were commissioned to make this box as a gift for HRH Prince William & Catherine Middleton.
The box is made from native sycamore and has 2 lift out trays. Each tray has been divided up into 12 sections and then covered in lamb nappa. On the front of the trays there is some inlay work which is an abstract crown and is made from polyester resin. The main box lid consists of 6 pieces of slip matched ripple sycamore running at an angle with the royal monogram in the middle, the monogram is made from dyed blue and boxwood veneers produced by Aryma Uk and has been sand shaded to add depth.
The lid border and escutcheon is made with black acetal, the lock strike plates where produced on my mill from brass and the hinges were produced to my specs.
Finished with 3 coats of blonde shellac followed by wax for a silky smooth finish.

The hinges were made to my specs and are available from

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Oliver Marsland 130/04/2011 12:23:33
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That's incredible! Really, utterly inspirational. Thanks for sharing the photos and the video. Can't you just see that box in a palace?
BillW30/04/2011 23:37:00
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This box is so beautiful Ian, thank you for for sharing it with us, I do hope that it is appreciated by the newly married couple and having said that I sincerely hope that they have a long, happy and healthy marriage.
Simon Reeves01/05/2011 15:11:45
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What a superb example of the craftsman's art! As Oliver says, utterly inspirational. How long did it take? (I assume it's not just a weekend project !!).
I join with Bill and lots of others in wishing the newlyweds a long and happy marriage (we're coming up on 37 years this year, and we're still best friends!)
ian hawthorne01/05/2011 15:16:47
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Hi Guys
Many thanks - it was indeed an honour to be asked.
It was made over a period of 12 weeks on and of.
Delboy03/05/2011 19:52:59
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I wish I had that level of skill - it really is beautiful
Derek Lane04/05/2011 18:53:08
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Excellent piece of work. You should be very proud not only to be asked but also in the making of this box. Was this the work of just yourself or of many
ian hawthorne04/05/2011 18:56:33
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Thanks Derek.
The marquetry was produced by Aryma the rest was done by me.
fatboy04/05/2011 22:17:22
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wow ian, once again you manage to make feel like a chimp whittling in a darkened room, your standard of work as always is exceptional, keep up the good work
Olly Parry-Jones05/05/2011 21:15:49
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What a fantastic commission and a truly outstanding piece of craftsmanship.
Have you had any new enquires since the big day?
steve h07/05/2011 08:16:44
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Hi Ian
Simply Stunning!!
ian hawthorne07/05/2011 08:24:03
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Many thanks guys.
As for enquires we are very busy but no special enquires.

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