A Wedding Gift Tea box August 09 2020
So much thought went into creating this tea box. I was commissioned to make custom gift. A gift for a newly wed couple who loved tea. The task was to make a box that equally represents the couple through the design and wood choice. I was given a list Personality, character and interests.
The top of the box I was asked to burn in Hebrew translated as: "....and the fruit shall be for food and the leaf for healing."
The used zebra wood for the feet and the corners were reinforced with redheart splines.
On the front I designed and carved an abstract DNA emblem of sorts (his interest in biology).
The box itself is made from curly maple. The grain runs continuously on all 4 sides. My favorite part of this box is probably the hinge. Made from the same piece of curly maple. The hinge almost vanishes completely when the box is closed. At the ends of the the hinge I added Padauk plugs to tie it all together.
I burned in the newlyweds initials on the inside rim. The inner compartments fit tins of loose tea and individually wrapped sachets from Harney and sons teas.
The inner compartment are made from cherry. The front dividers are removable, so more tins can be added later.
The bottom of the box was made with walnut.
A Bat Mitzvah Jewelry Box June 12 2020
A Jewelry Box.
This was a commissioned piece by a friend who was looking for a very unique gift for a her friends daughter. A Bat Mitzvah present. She knew she wanted something that would be cherished and used for ages. I made a few suggestions and she decided to go with a jewelry box.
I was given dimensions and a few details that were a must, like the name of the bat mizvah girl on the box and a short line in Hebrew for the new owner.
Curly maple lid with grain lines burnt in. Walnut in the front and back. And curvy cherry sides.The biggest surprise was color and contrast those padauk plugs bring to the box.
One of my favorite thing about making this box was coming up with a solution for the inserts. Usually jewelry boxes come with built in inserts (from what I have witnessed could be somewhat of a mess. This was my attempt at making things a bit more organized. Slots in the top inserts can hold rings. And I drilled some large holes for earrings. The bottom insert features some larger holes for chains and bracelets as well as earrings. Best part you can take them out and decide what you want no digging through it all.
Cosmic Cufflinks February 15 2018
The latest custom order is quite extraordinary. These cufflinks were created for a client looking for a unique Bar Mitvah gift.
The cufflinks were designed featuring a mirror image of each other. Made from walnut, zebra wood, padauk, maple, featuring mother of pearl and and Paua abalone shell inlays these brass cufflinks are something to marvel at. The light just dances in the shell inlay bringing forth a variety of colors.
These cufflinks may be small but they but they definitely stand out.
The initials where burned in at the corners giving these cufflinks a personalized touch.
The pearl and abalone inlay play with the light in an almost magical way.
Before mounting the bronze cufflink backs were mounted and before the final touches.
Custom Corner: Purim March 11 2016
This custom corner is a bit different then the others.
I'd like to take you back to a previous Aleph Aleph style Purim.
At one point my then fiancé, now wife :-), wanted to dress as Snow White for Purim. She wanted to make a costume with some of the clothes she had instead of going out and buying one. I thought that was a great idea and decided to lend a hand with some details that would help put the whole thing together. One thing was sewing together a skirt (but that's a whole other story). I decided that Snow White needed a a little blue bird (like the one she sings to in the movies). I had an idea: If I created the bird on top of a ring it could sit on her finger just like in the movie! So I got to work. I found an old piece of scrap wood drilled a hole in it and started carving. After I carved and shaped the bird ring out of the solid piece of wood I got to painting and low and behold "Whittle Blue" was born!
Yeah that's what we named him ;-).
The Floor Board Challenge! December 04 2015
Custom Corner: The Floor Board Challenge
From time to time a special order falls into my lap, allowing me to try new techniques and letting my creativity run wild. This time my client was moving into a new house right around his wife’s birthday and contacted me looking for something special (for both the house and his wife). He happened to have an extra piece of floorboard from their old place and decided that the perfect way to pay homage to their first home together would be to turn the floorboard into a mezuzah case.
I was up for the challenge!
First I needed to combine the board so it would be big enough to work.
Then came the squaring up.
And finally the carving
After completing the mezuzah case I had plenty of floorboard left and suggested creating a piece of jewelry for his wife from the extra wood. What better way to preserve a memory than by making it into a piece of jewelry! This bracelet featured sterling silver, CZ’s, lab grown sapphires (his wife’s birthstone), and a piece of their old home.
Custom Corner: Starry Night Box August 14 2015
From time to time a special order falls into my lap, allowing me to try new techniques and letting my creativity run wild. This time a client was looking for a gift for an art director of a school. No particular item in general was requested but I was able to get some clues as to the direction I should go. The school was focusing on the famous Van Gogh painting Starry Night for their annual arts fair. I was also told that the art director loved boxes. This got me thinking and the idea for the starry night box was born.
Starry night box:
This box was handmade from Walnut, Curly Maple and Purpleheart. It was finished in oil and buffed to a high polish using carnauba wax.
The lid features silver inlay, carving and intarsia techniques to create a modern take on an old favorite.
Purpleheart is a very unique exotic wood. Upon exposure to sunlight the color of this wood deepens from a dull purple to an eggplant purple to brownish purple.
Walnut is very traditional domestic wood. The colors of this wood ranges from grey to light pale brown to dark chocolate brown.
Curly maple is a remarkable wood, it is essentially a soft maple. It's name is attributed to the wavy 3D like effect that appears in the grain pattern. The color of this wood ranges from buttery yellow to a creamy white.
Unboxing the Starry Night Box
A wonderful thing happened as well working on this box and a few other items that week caused a influx of wood shavings. As it so happens nothing goes to waste in my workshop, so I decided to pack the box in wood shavings (dust free). This served two purposes: 1. It helped protect the box while it was delivered and 2. It is super eco-friendly, not to mention the curly shavings are just so cool looking!
Custom Design Mezuzah Cases June 12 2014
Custom Sized Mezuzah Cases June 12 2014
This is a custom size Mezuzah, it measures 7 1/2 inches and fits a six inch scroll.
Mezuzah Cases can be made to any size and specifications.
Custom Design and Carving June 03 2014
Custom Design and Carving
This was originally designed as a wedding invitation. The names of the newly weds were incorporated into the design. After the design was complete and the couple was satisfied the design was then hand carved into a plaque.