Jeff Neil is a woodworker who lives and creates fine boxes in Gray, Tennessee.
"While working full-time as a research engineer, I experimented with various mediums until I found that woodworking brought me the most pleasure and also allowed me to use those skills I had developed as an engineer coupled with my interest in fine crafts."
The Walnut box is made using the old Shaker methods: hot water soaking for bending the wood; copper tacks in the "fingers" keep the oval shape; and wooden pegs secure the bottom and the lid. Shaker Boxes come in particular sizes, and this one is a Size 4: approximately 8 1/2 in. wide, 6 in. deep, and 3 1/4 in. high.
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