Wooden Memory & Keepsake Boxes
Who makes the boxes?
Wooden memory keepsake puzzle boxes are handcrafted in Uruguay. These boxes are finely crafted by only one highly skilled master craftsman in Montevideo capital of Uruguay. The techniques used in Uruguay to make this boxes have only be used by one craftsman. He will pass to his son his secrets.
What about creating a box?
Before creating a new box, he first designs how the box mechanisms will work. He then select the wood to be used and let it dry for a time. After the wood has dried, he cut pieces and assemble the box. The finishing is made by hand to give them the final special rounded and shining touch. It takes about a month to finish them with the glamour they express.Since they are individually crafted, no two boxes are the same.
What are the Uruguayan boxes meant to be?
The are meant to be an enigma. Without experience they seem very difficult to open. Some boxes-parts move smoother than others. We try our best to give our impression on the smootness of movement for each box we sell. If the pieces are a little harder to move don't force them, with a litlle bit of pacience you will be able to open them. But generally the seams are visible and the pieces move with ease. The interiors are nicely lined and have removeble trays.
If you are looking for apparently secret puzzle boxes of the finest quality and that offer a challenge. "Where to start?" "And how to get them together?". You found the ideal place to purchase them.
What variety of woods do we offer?
South-America has an amazing variety of trees. Uruguayan puzzle boxes take advantage of these natural woods, colors and textures to produce there elaborate geometric patterns. Each box is finely handcrafted from native woods and finished as shown. Beautifull materials such as "grabillea, acacia negra, cerejeira, ligustro, itaúba, nogal, roble, agorrobo, olivo, olmo" used are crafted into these fun and eyecatching wooden boxes.
We also use recycled antique woods such as antique doors, train supporting-beams, ceiling-beams of antique houses or from construction. Also stationair wood from saw-mills very dry. These woods are difficult to find but sometimes there are opportunities.
How to qualify the difficulty?
The number of steps, necessary to open the box are an important factor. Usually, more steps denote a higher difficulty to open.
Level 1 : Easy
Level 2 : Moderately easy
Level 3 : Moderate
Level 4 : Medium
Level 5 : Difficult
Level 6 : Very difficult
What about collectors of special boxes?
Uruguayan puzzle boxes are as collectible today as they have ever been. There are more designs being produced today then ever. So the collector who is looking for variety, has endless possibilities available. Luckely the artform has gained many new enthusiastic collectors from around the world and our Uruguayan craftsman is now emerging and creating fantastic new designs and opening methods. This section includes boxes that have a craftsman's signature stamp and delivered with certificate of uniqueness.
What does it mean to purchase a wooden memory keepsake puzzle box?
Any of these boxes are sure to become family heirlooms. Buy one today to keep your precious memories and keepsakes in a special and beautiful box. They are a great place to hide your small treasures. These boxes make great gifts for someone who is hard to buy for. We have found that everyone loves these boxes...children, teens, adults, men and women. You can challenge your friends. These boxes are for fun. Just have fun frustrating friends and family as they try to see if thy can open them? It is also a very valuable empresario gift. We can make inscriptions for special ocasions such as bar and bat-mitzva's, when a child is born, anniversaries, bithdays...you name it we make it thrue.
How to care for?
Avoid areas of high humidity and high temperature.
To clean, wipe the surface with a clean dry cloth.DO NOT use abrasive cleansers;
The first fex times you open a box and the pieces are a little harder to move, you may want to use lightweight rubber gloves or rubber fingertips. This will prevent your nails for damaging or denting the wood.
Do not drop or allow impact to the box.
Never force pieces to move
WOODEN MEMORY KEEPSAKE PUZZLE BOXES ARE SOMETHING SPECIAL!!!