(Arlene and Gizzy)
Arlene is a woodworker and makes these adorable treasure chests:
She has all kinds of woodworking tools to make these pretty vessels for friends and customers. She said they are not just glued together, but screwed as well, so they are nice and sturdy. The bands on top may look like leather, but are actually pieces of wood that have been cut, shaped and bent to fit. Lastly, she rubs the wood with some type of varnish or stain to bring out the natural beauty of the wood and to protect it.
She gets leftover wood from a local cabinet shop, usually Pine or Birch. The metal embellishments are store baught (i.e. chains, hooks, upholstery tacks and locks.) The inside lining is made from upholstery remnants that she gets from a local boat maker company. All materials are new and have never been used, but are from scraps that otherwise would be discarded.
They all come with a lock and a removable jewelry tray. Sizes vary from small: 9 1/2" X9 1/2"X 8 1/2" to medium: 12" and large: 14" wide. She even makes big, dowry chests/or linen chest, about 30" X 30" X 24"
I have listed one for her in my Etsy shop to see if there's any interest for them. She's been making these for years and everyone loves them. She's especially busy during Christmas, so order early! I think they are adorable, don't you?