Turned wooden boxes must have been among the earliest things made on the lathe. They can hold anything from jewelry to pins or postage stamps. Boxes are often plain and practical, minimalist in design. But they can also be vehicles for complex ornamental turning or somewhere in between. Even long ago, turners would often decorate boxes with turned details.
But a box’s use is now often a secondary consideration. There are plenty of mass-produced plastic containers for those who just want a utilitarian receptacle for everyday items. Hand-turned wooden boxes with lids are still valued for their own sake, and they are usually made to be things of beauty.
This is why a nicely turned box may be more likely than most wooden items to survive through time. It may eventually become a family heirloom. Many examples survive in collections of treen. Their owners treasure them, and a turned box is always a welcome gift.
A box on a shelf may contain almost anything. Who can resist opening it?
Walnut box with Oak lid. Great. Fast dispatch. Pat