Peter Lloyd, working from his small workshop in Cumbria UK, searches out unusual and beautiful English hardwoods to create jewellery boxes, ring boxes, work boxes, writing slopes.
Whether it be a desk box made from tiger oak, a jewelry chest, a little jewel of a ring box or stationery box of burr elm, each of these handmade wooden boxes is a celebration of its wood.
The wind is howling and snow is predicted for tomorrow so we're at that time of year when the best place to be is in a warm workshop. I've just had a new stove installed after the last one died from overwork. It has kept me warm for 15 years so I have nothing to complain about and it's been a great way to recycle all that sawdust.
My decision this year to not take on any commissions has meant a much more relaxed run up to Christmas. In years gone by I would be frantically finishing off special boxes destined to be opened on Christmas day when I would be lying in an exhausted heap - the responsibility hit hard! Now I just sell what I have and life is a little less fraught.
I have just finished making some little Victory boxes which will appear on the website very soon and now I'm working on some jewellery boxes in rippled olive ash which is gorgeous.
Now where's that mince pie.....
As ever, there's more news from a different perspective on the diary page. Peter