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We make Boxes and Toys
I custom make boxes and toys one at a time by hand. All of the designs that you see on these pages are what each customer and I have worked on to design. I am very passionate about the things that I make and love to be creative with my customers. What happens quite often working with my customers is a design process that leads to a new product. I am very excited about this process and I trust that my passion will show thru and into the box or toy that you desire. Making new boxes and toys is a passion for me.
A design engineer by trade and second-generation visual artist, my boxes and toys are inspired by the examination of design and also in the toys, from my childhood memories. Each design presents a new learning experience. The favorite box or toy almost always the one I just finished. Working in wood exclusively, and the construction is a process accomplished with continuous input from customers that slowly build to a new product.
How I make Boxes
I custom make boxes in wood, usually in Oak, Cherry and Black walnut, but Paduke, Purple Heart, Maple and others are also used. A box has six sides that can be made with as little as six pieces of wood. I prefer to make boxes more involved, contemporary with straight lines and inlays of different wood types. Gluing and clamping is my mainstay of operation. A good box for me has over 100 separate pieces of wood. My process takes longer and is very specialized. This box for example is made with of Cherry, and Black Walnut woods, and along with an original designed 18 piece continuous wooden hinge, the over all Keepsake box is constructed with over 120 pieces of wood. Glenn Nief www.FromTreeToBox.com
"I think it started with a small piece of wood, retrieved from our backyard in Michigan, which was later carved into a toy. The next project was a school project lamp. The lamp evolved into many other projects, including a full-grown totem pole for my brother's Boy Scout troop. We were the children of two professional artists and were made very familiar with the creative process at a young age. Since that time my brother's art has grown into larger projects.... cabinetry, designing his home, and crafting very unique and keepsake items for his family and friends." Jan H. Texas