Hand crafted in the Woodworking Shop at Sweetpea Cottage, this classic bent wood box, often called a bride’s 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 TINES. 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.
This tine is made entirely with quartersawn Pennsylvania black cherry selected to emphasize the wonderful striking grain structure and color of the wood. The wood is carefully steam bent and fastened together with split lacing in the style used by early Norwegian craftsmen. A copper Shaker tack offers a nod to the Shaker boxes from years ago. The cherry is a beautiful reddish-brown in color that will continue to darken and enrich with age. The corner posts and handle are cut in a graceful style that is reminiscent of Arts and Crafts design. A stopped chamfer runs around the edge of the lid adding another 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 measures about 7.5 inches from end to end and is 4 inches wide. It stands 3.5 inches tall and the total height to the tips of the corner posts is 5.125 inches. The width of the lid is a bit larger than the box and measure 4.25 inches across. 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. Finally, it is coated with a high quality conservator's wax which adds a nice smooth tactile element to the piece. The color and shape of the box has a classic Arts and Crafts quality that will make it a wonderful display piece. What a wonderful gift for the Viking in your family.
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 – maybe an engagement ring. 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.