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Neil Vertigan

Black Heart Sassafras, Brass
90mm (h) x 185mm (d) x 285mm (l)

A beautiful box is always a joy; however, when a fine craftsman undertakes the challenge of producing a pair that match the result truly delights and amazes the senses. This pair made from Black Heart Sassafras brings forth varying images in the mind and provokes mental exertion in rearranging their relationship, a rare joy of design. These boxes illustrate how great beauty results when nature’s decoration is combined with unadorned classical proportion Neil has embraced the unique, naturally occurring patterning of the Black Heart Sassafras and constructed the boxes using matching pieces of veneer, that create a feeling of unity and companionship. The similarly patterned veneers alter the visual relationship between the boxes depending upon their placement in relation to each other. This attention to detail is an aspect of Neil’s design process that has contributed to his much deserved and respected reputation as one of Australia’s leading box makers.