This handsome box was hand made of maple burl by Charles Elkan of Silverton, Oregon in the 1980's. Oregon maple burl yields a remarkably varied grain. In the case of the burl Elkan used for this box sculpture, it is wavy and satiny on the top, sides and bottom. One end has birds-eye figures and the other has the natural surface of the tree burl, in the style pioneered by George Nakashima.
The box measures about 4 3/4 inches long, about 3 inches in height and 3 inches in width. The lid comes off to reveal a hollowed out interior about 1 1/2 inches deep and measuring about 2 1/4 inches by 2 3/4 inches. A matching protruding carved piece on the underside of the lid anchors it in place. The box weighs about 10 ounces and is in outstanding condition. It's signed "Charles Elkan," inscribed into the wood on the bottom.
Charles is the brother and business partner of the late Michael Elkan of the eponymous Michael Elkan Studio. Charles and his wife Mona worked to make their one of a kind boxes of maple burl from 1979 to 1993, when they founded "Timeless Treasures," crafting and selling clocks and weather stations of burl.
This sculptural box by Charles Elkan is a one of a kind, elegant and finely crafted piece from nature.