smartBoxmaker – Fine Wooden Boxes


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smartBoxmaker news in brief:

  •  polished brass smartLock now available again – click main image above

    polished brass smartHinge available again

– the original and best! IN STOCK, order here

    other finishes and smartLock available very soon

  •  courses re-starting from summer 2021 – some very special offers here

  •  zoom distance learning available – info and booking here

    email me to request your free 20 mins introductory zoom session

smartBoxmaker courses:


In normal times this site offers my popular weekend and 6 day box making courses, along with top quality box hardware and a select range of box making materials and aids.


I’m hoping to restart my face-to-face courses in the summer, suitably distanced, of course, and subject to whatever other restrictions are in force at the time … I have a waiting list – if you want to book a place I’m offering a very special advance price, £195 for the weekends and £495 for the six day course. These are well below my usual charges, which are £295 and £740 respectively.  Your place won’t be date specific – nearer the time I will propose a schedule and you would then be free to take up your place on whichever date you choose. First come, first served for any particular date.

distance learning:

In the meantime I’m offering a convenient and cost-effective alternative:



smartBoxmaker distance learning sessions are custom, one-to-one, online ‘ZOOM’ sessions, usually 90 minutes long. Basically you get to visit me in my workshop and ask me anything you like from the comfort of your own home or workshop, wherever you are in the world.


During your virtual visit any box-related topic or process can be discussed and demonstrated – curves, inlays, veneering, book-matching, design, construction, anything in my books – it’s up to you.


free trial session: not sure whether this is right for you? I offer a free 20 minute trial session – just let me know what you’re interested in, some times that would suit you, and I will get back to you …




Please click here for more details, and email me if you have any queries or to book your free trial session.

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