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IN THE BOX (article first published : 2004-05-15)

If you’re anything like me, dear reader, you’re one of those people who mill aimlessly around flea markets marvelling at the delicate artistry that goes into some of the boxes on display. When the thought pops into your mind of possibly making your own: the various articles such as wood, nails and glue are enough to invoke visions of disaster and frustration.

Alan and Gill Bridgewater, authors of In The Box, are internationally acclaimed for producing a range of books on different subjects: furniture-making, wood carving, wood turning and hand-tool techniques. In The Box is yet another practical and well-illustrated book on making boxes, making it seem as logical as cutting out patterns and fabric and then sewing the pieces together.

There are instructions for all manner of boxes - from relatively simple and convenient items, like the shaker wall box, nesting storage box and under-bed box, to the more unique styles of hallway boxes with drawers and the multi-functional coffee table with wheels. There are also traditional jewellery box designs, laundry baskets and children’s furniture and toy boxes for the more adventurous craftsman.

The Bridgewaters have taken that extra step in providing readers with options for painting and decoration to add a personal and professional touch to their creations – or at least make them attractive enough to be displayed with pride.

In The Box is a valuable book to have in the home as a hobby horse initiative. It is perfect for getting any avid crafter started on creating boxes, and could be presented as a welcome gift to anyone who knows their birch from their beech! Retail cost R99.95. - Ruby Bernard




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