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Friesian Carved Desk Box Circa 1720
The simple box form takes many shapes, and has countless uses. Storage for almost anything, or simple beauty. Artisans of the Valley hand crafts a variety of boxes - they make unique gifts or provide distinctive ornament for your home or office.
The geometric carved pattern makes this slant-top box most unusual. It is an exact museum-quality reproduction.
The music box has been an item of fascination for hundreds of years. Stanley recently decided to create his own box upon return from a woodcarving tour of Switzerland. This unique box features a Swiss movement, playing the song "Memories." In burl walnut with miniature bracket feet and an intricate hand carved monogrammed appliqu�.
The circa 1640 Bible Box pictured above left is a reproduction of one found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Moving right, these are the boxes using the same theme all showing unique grain and a custom fit for specific storage requirements.
These boxes were used in every colonial home, housing the family Bible, records, special documents, and even prized seeds. These boxes are very rare today; they are for the most part owned by museums and collectors.
Above Left is one of Stanley's first boxes was featured in an early "Chip Chat's" magazine. 17th Century Bible Box (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required) This pattern was always one of Stanley's favorites, but for some reason it took almost 25 years before someone decided to commission one.
Finally in April of 2005 we received a request, and began work towards the end of the month. The layout was enlarged to meet the specs for an oversize heirloom family bible. Wooden hinges will be used on this pine box with a sugar pine face. Shown below - the larger box is clamped to set the wooden hinges.
Artisans of the Valley custom makes Bible Boxes with modern or wooden hinges to the client's specifications. Available with a traditional family initial is carved in the center of the box, a selection of our standard patterns, or original designs. These boxes are ideal as jewelry boxes, desk boxes, and mantle displays.
Stamp & Relic Boxes
A Medieval tradition was for the church to offer "pieces of a saint" for keepsakes. Relic boxes were developed as ornate containers for these heirlooms, often found later to be fakes.
The miniature boxes evolved to store any number of small items, including stamps required for various colonial tariffs.
A unique hand carved chalice box made a gift for a priest. The function of this specialized box is to safely transport the required elements of Communion, brought to those whom are unable to reach the church.
Gun Cases & Cowboy Carts
This custom cherry and walnut gun case houses an original 1841 Wesson target rifle. The case is modeled after the custom cases carried by the United States Sharpshooters in the Civil War. Compartments fit the rifle, power measures, and accoutrements required to operate this antique target rifle. Artisans can custom make and carve display cases for your firearms, knives, swords, etc including glass lids when required for safety. Gun cases can feature carving patterns of all sorts from wildlife to western to initials, etc.
In addition to standard cases, we can create cowboy carts, required for necessity and bragging rights at any Single Action Shooting Society - Cowboy Action Shooting event.
This solid mahogany cart belongs to Eric "Haz Mat" Saperstein, a SASS member and cowboy shooter. Featuring an eagle carving on the front, and alias on the top the cart transports several long guns, revolvers, ammunition, and accoutrements safely and easily with a locking ammo box seat.
We can custom design and hand carve cowboy carts based on your specific requirements. Note the cowboy, Eric, that's sitting!