Bloomin' Clever Boxes
Despite appearances they are not puzzle boxes, although people who like puzzle or 'magic' boxes often buy them. They are actually designed to put things in, not to keep people out! They can be used for small objects such as jewellery, keepsakes etc. or as a source of interest and fun.
People enjoy the experience of taking them apart and putting them back together, as well as stroking them and admiring their appearance. Anyone who appreciates beautiful wood and quality craftsmanship will enjoy owning one of Ray’s boxes.
Ray and Kathy continue to be surprised at the uses people find for their “Bloomin’ Clever Boxes”: fishing flies, antique fountain pens, an art deco cufflink collection, magicians' props, pets' ashes, memento mori, a tiny silver model train, pens and pencils, 25 tiny gifts for a Silver Wedding Present, an etrog (look it up!)
In short a “Bloomin clever Box” is the ideal gift for Christenings, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries, Barmitzvahs and for that person who simply “has everything”.
Read about the types of wood used for the boxes.
View our Bloomin' Clever Boxes
How to Buy a Bloomin’ Clever Box
The best way is to visit one of the shows at which we are exhibiting. There you be able to view and explore the boxes we have in stock.
Can’t get to a show?
Commission a box online – a checkout/basket approach to buying a box is not appropriate for what we are, in effect, one off, unique objects you need to;
- Watch the video of the different types of boxes
- Decide which type you like (Primo, Cube, Medio etc)
- Decide how much you’d like to spend
- Decide what sort of wood you like (spalted beech, ash, black poplar etc)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas
- Images of a range of boxes will be emailed to you
- Make your decision
- Contact Ray via email or phone (0115 930 7628)
- Payment can be made by credit/debit card over the phone or via BACS
- Inscriptions can be pyro-graphed on the base by Kathy
To see the full range of Bloomin' Clever Boxes it is best to make your way to one of the Craft Shows booked for 2014, since not all designs are featured on this site.
6" x 3" x 3"
Cost £30 - £40
The innards of the box have to be withdrawn to access the hidden drawer. This is not entirely obvious when you open the box. View on YouTube
4" x 4" x 4"
Cost £50 - £70
All cubes have an internal key, a sliding top, inner lid and 'secret drawer'. Our best selling boxes without a doubt. Some Bigger Cubes have two trays and a 'secret drawer'. View on YouTube
Up to 8" x 4" x 4"
Cost £100 - £250
All the 'Grande' boxes have two end keys, a sliding lid and 'secret' drawer. The internal configuration varies from box to box, as does the level of complexity. Each 'Grande' box is unique. View on YouTube
Cost £75 - £500+
A 'Marmite Box' in many ways. People either like them a lot, or not at all. All or part of the box is left natural and unfinished - a juxtaposition of the rough and smooth. View on YouTube
Temima Crafts - Making a Bloomin' Clever Box (detailed video).
Original, unusual & intriguing, "Bloomin' Clever Boxes" are individually hand-crafted in the UK by Temima Crafts, from sustainably sourced hardwoods. View on YouTube