Kandi Boxes

I've mentioned several times that I really like Phil Weber's work. And I'm lucky enough to know him a little bit.

He's retired now (to Malaysia!) and, just before he left, he called me, among other woodworkers, to ask if I might want to buy some of the wood he's collected over the years.

  • Woods Used: black palm, holly handle, various
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Note: Different pattern on each side
  • Price: $195

Sure!

I drove out to Effort, PA and there was Phil, in the midst of cleaning out his house and shop. He had spalted maple, lots of ebony, and other interesting woods (spalted walnut?). And the prices were great.

  • Woods Used: burly elm, Alaskan cedar lid
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Price: $90

While we were chatting I mentioned I'd be doing a show in Providence in November.

He asked if I had a booth.

"I do. It's not great but it works okay."

A thought crossed his face.

  • Woods Used: verawood, yellowheart handle, various
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Note: Different pattern on each side
  • Contact me re: price & availability

"My booth's headed for the dumpster.", Phil said. "I have no use for it anymore. I'll sell it to you for $1000."

He paused. "$500."

Delighted, I quickly accepted his offer.
  • Woods Used: red palm, Alaskan cedar lid
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Contact me re: price & availability

I had seen his booth several times. It's is beautiful, and beautifully made. As a matter of fact, Phil won an award for best booth design at the American Crafts Council Show. It's far nicer than the one that I had been using.

The next day I rented a small cargo trailer to tow with my SUV. Drove back out to Effort, packed Phil's booth into the trailer and drove home.
  • Woods Used: curly English sycamore, purpleheart handle, various
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Note: Different pattern on each side
  • Contact me re: price & availability

He didn't have instructions as to how to put the booth together, but promised to send photos of him constructing the booth at a previous show. I wanted to try and put it together right away, to learn how to do it, and decide what changes would have to be made. But one thing became completely obvious when I started to erect the booth.
  • Woods Used: bubinga, swiss pear lid
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Contact me re: price & availability

As you can see from the photo above there are two columns that flank the front of the booth, and in those columns are 4 "cubby" spaces, each of which is lit from above. These spaces (and what's in them) are the highlight of the booth. But there was one problem: I had no boxes that would fit into these spaces.
  • Woods Used: chatke viga, holly handle, various
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Note: Different pattern on each side
  • Contact me re: price & availability

One of the unmistakeable characteristics of Phil's boxes is that many of them are quite small, often only 2 or 3 inches on a side. So there's no wonder that these cubbies would be small. Phil's boxes would fit perfectly.

Mine, clearly, would not.
  • Woods Used: English brown oak, African blackwood lid
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Price: $90

So, with the show quickly approaching, I had to make some small boxes. And not just 4. If we were fortunate enough to sell any, we'd had to have some "in reserve" to fill those spots.

I decided to make 12 little boxes to fit the cubbies.
  • Woods Used: Alaskan Cedar, ebony handle, various
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Note: Different pattern on each side
  • Contact me re: price & availability

These.
  • Woods Used: bocote, ebony lid
  • Size: 6"long x 2.5"wide x 3"tall, 1.5"deep
  • Price: $90