“An object reaches perfection within its genre when it fulfils its intended purpose. There can be no conflict between beauty and utility. An object is beautiful if its form is the full expression of its function.” Paul Souriau, 1904
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to find Hamilton/Roberts Designs Fine Woodworking!
For 30+ years Michael Hamilton and Dee Roberts have been handcrafting elegant wood boxes, along with cabinets and shelves for the wall and even urns (for pets too), using many domestic, rare and exotic woods here in Boise, Idaho. By "handcrafting" we mean that we use traditional methods and standard woodworking tools - table saw, planer, jointer, etc, along with many hand tools. No CNC machines, lasers or other computer aided tools, no outside contractors or pre-made parts. Heck, at the end of the process we even hand sand, hand rub out with steel wool and hand polish with a cotton cloth. Our wood box trademark seems to be the gently domed lid and the slightly tapering sides - not flat and not square as most boxes are.
What kind of boxes? Beautiful, unique, elegant, dare we say heirloom wood boxes? We think so and hope our visitors will too. Our customers definitely seem to agree.
We prefer to sell our work directly to our customers from our website (free shipping in continental US) but you can also find our work (and talk person to person!) at half a dozen or so art festivals each year, mainly in the West or Midwest. A few select fine craft galleries also carry our wood boxes, in particular The Real Mother Goose in Portland, OR - often named the best craft gallery in the country and who has carried our work for almost as long as we have created it.
Not ready to purchase now? Until you are, you can see how we make our woodwork using everything from aluminum to ziricote in our much too small workshop located in the back yard in a Model T era garage. We have a list of other woodworkers, artists, fine craftspeople, museums, suppliers, etc on our links page.
We fairly often make custom boxes or adapt boxes for a specific use like urns for people and pets. Check this page for details.
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our work. The trust and confidence you have shown us, by collecting our work, has allowed us to to earn a living as full-time craftspeople for the past 30+ years. It is a challenging career choice, especially these days, but the opportunity to bring a bit of beauty into others’ lives through our woodworking continues to be greatly rewarding.