This tine is made entirely with quartersawn white oak that emphasizes the wonderful striking flecked grain pattern and hue of the wood. The wood is carefully steam bent and fastened together with split lacing in the style used by early Norwegian craftsmen. The front face of the box has the traditional lacing set into a textured band design. The white oak is a beautiful golden brown in color that will continue to darken and enrich with age. The corner posts are cut in a graceful winged style that has a round lozenge on the top end. Added to the lozenge on each post are solid bronze flowers that have also been crafted in the workshops at Sweetpea Cottage. The bronze flowers add an interesting touch both in terms of color and design. The notched lid has additional interest with a beveled and carved design running along the outside edge. The lid snaps down tightly onto the corner posts, giving this type of box the nickname "snap box." It is a beautiful interpretation of the traditional Norwegian, Swedish, or Scandinavian tine, and could even serve as a bride's box. The box is oval measuring about 9.75 inches long from end to end. It stands 4.125 inches tall and the total height to the tips of the corner posts is 6.25 inches. At the base the box is 5.875 inches wide while the lid is somewhat larger at 6.25 inches wide. The wood has not been stained and it retains its natural color. It is coated with several layers of polyurethane/oil to deepen and enrich the color and grain as well as protect the wood. It is then coated with a high quality conservator's wax which adds a nice smooth tactile element to the piece.
Hand crafted in the Woodworking Shop at Sweetpea Cottage, this classic bent wood box is a unique item reflecting the simplicity of fine folk art, made in the traditional manner of the Norwegian tine, or tina (pronounced tee-na). It can stand on its own as a piece of art, or it would make an excellent conversation piece, storage box for desk detritus, or jewelry box. Our tines have even been used as the final resting place for the ashes of departed loved-ones and for very special pets. If you know somebody of Scandinavian heritage, this would be a great nostalgia gift. See our "Favorite Links" for information about these boxes. For years now, the tines made in the Woodworking Shop at Sweetpea Cottage have been eagerly sought by discriminating collectors of fine artisan wood items.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a special person, then this is for you. Imagine giving this box to somebody special with a unique surprise placed inside. He or she will be impressed with your thoughtful gesture. Check the photos carefully, and you will see what a gem it is. Sweetpea Cottage stands behind everything that we sell. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, then you can return it for any reason. We will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. We ask that you notify us via email within 3 days of receiving your purchase that you intend to return it. Once it is returned to us in a timely fashion and in original condition, then we will issue your refund. We will only accept PayPal as the form of payment from our international customers. Shop with confidence with us and you will never be disappointed.