We are one of the few shops remaining from the early days of Ruby Lane which, because of grandfathering, are still able to sell our own original artisan crafted items. This tine is made entirely with quartersawn white oak that emphasizes the wonderful 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 white oak is a beautiful golden brown in color that will continue to darken and enrich with age. On the front face of the box sits a carved stylized flower blossom that is slightly proud of the box surface. The corner posts are cut in a graceful sweeping style that crests in matching flower blossoms. The notched lid has a stopped chamfer running around the edge that adds a dimension of interest. 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 7.5 inches long from end to end. It stands 3.5 inches tall and the total height to the tips of the corner posts is 5.25 inches. At the base the box is 4 inches wide while the lid is somewhat larger at 4.375 inches wide. The wood has not been stained so 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.