As you can see we have become grandparents yet again - well sort of! These little chaps or maybe chapesses arrived 3 days ago and were a bit of a surprise. Their daddy is only a few months old himself and I wasn't sure he knew what to do but he obviously does! It's a bit cold for them at the moment but mummy is being very conscientious and they spend most of the time under her wing.
Meanwhile boxes are being designed and made - yes, honestly! There has been a bit of distraction recently as Peter enlisted the help of Frank to make a jig to improve the finishing process of the ring boxes. Many happy hours have been spent by the two of them trying to perfect this jig which is beginning to drive them both crazier than they already are. It seems that what should work just won't work and the maths and physics behind it is beyond their brain's capabilities. But they are both like dogs with a well chewed bone and won't give up. Meanwhile some naughty person in the USA has copied Peters' ring box design completely and is selling them on Etsy which is a sort of craftsperson's selling website. Peter says it would upset his Karma too much to pursue the issue of "intellectual property rights" (not that you could describe Peter as an intellectual!) - So let's just hope the other person's Karma is well and truly disturbed!
Peter has just completed a series of gorgeous jewellery boxes and I have fallen in love with one of them which is in She oak. It has an unbelievably rich, chestnutty colour and you can almost feel the Australian sun shining out of it. Apparently it isn't oak at all and its correct title is Casuarinaceae which is a bit of a mouthful but it was compared to oak because of its timber quality. It isn't a wood that Peter would normally use but he had some left over from the time when an Australian living in London wanted a box for his wife that would remind her of home. At the time he scoured the country trying to find it as it is very hard to come by. These boxes aren't on the website at the moment - that's a job for me over the next couple of days so if you would like to see this box it will be there soon, I promise!