This beautiful box was my first proper attempt at making a fine display box. I spotted the jarrah boards, which had a breathtaking grain pattern which made this particular board really stand out from the rest of the jarrah in the timber store. I was so enamoured with the wood that I felt a strong respect and responsibility to do it justice, and make something really nice with it. I cut the boards and then ripped them to ‘book-match’ the lid. Then I hurt my back mid-work and the boards warped a bit in the ten to twelve months I was out of the workshop.
Under the tutelage of a friend from the Ballarat Woodworkers’ Guild, I got it back square — although the book-matching suffered somewhat, it’s not very noticeable — and I was so stoked with how this box turned out. The wonderful grain of the jarrah is allowed to shine with the simple geometry and glass top not distracting too much from the beauty of the wood. The keys in the corners are Huon pine, chosen to contrast the deep red-brown of the jarrah. I lined the interior with a kangaroo leather insert with a muted compass rose design in the centre. The case now holds my Navy medals and other fine keepsakes.