This was a bit of fun, done as a project in my second book, 'Fine Decorative Boxes' published by Sterling in 1998.
I had some bits of yew left over from a job and wanted to use the natural edges and holes that was a feature of these pieces.
So the idea of the map box emerged - that is, using a window format to look down on a sort of map formed by several pieces of the yew veered onto a blue ground creating ‘coastlines’. There were also a number of map ‘pictures’ on the exterior of the box.
For a change the box is made from pine from the local DIY store - inside it was as plain as possible, in fact the whole box was just a vehicle for the map idea.
This clearly shows the lid - formed using a framework of slats which cover up the joins between around 8 separate pieces of the yew. The eye is consequently fooled into assuming a continuity.
The other point of interest on this box is the hinges - made from cherry with no metal involved.