A former architect turned furniture designer teamed with skilled Nicaraguan craftsmen to create these wooden toolboxes. An interior tray holds small items such as screws and nails, while a large lower compartment stores larger tools such as hammers and screwdrivers. The wood pieces are fused using finger joints, also called comb joints. This type of wood joinery is resilient and unyielding due to its multiple meeting points. The upper tray and lid slot seamlessly through the handle for a streamlined appearance. The toolboxes are made with a Nicaraguan wood called Nogal, or Tropical Walnut. Nogal is commonly planted as a shade tree for coffee plantations in Nicaragua. Once the trees reach 60-70 years of age, they are cut and replaced with younger Nogal trees that provide better shading for the coffee plants. The discarded trees are then reclaimed to make these wooden toolboxes or furniture. The Nogal is prized in South and Central America for its durability and beautiful grain. The wood is also among the most expensive, used for decorative objects, as well as cabinetry, flooring and more.
Lightly condition the toolbox once a year or as needed with wood furniture oil, such as our Beeswax Wood Care & Finish.
Designer Aaron Poritz has a background in sustainable architecture, and he brings these ecological considerations to his current furniture studio. His furniture uses materials sourced from responsibly farmed coffee and teak plantations, as well as felled wood salvaged from Hurricane Felix of 2007. All of his furniture is handmade with a select group of skilled craftsmen in Nicaragua, just outside the capital city of Managua. Craftsmen work in fair conditions and are compensated ethically with health insurance and fair wages. Currently, Aaron works with four craftsmen and four apprentices to manufacture his designs.
Handmade tool box hewn from Nicaraguan walnut. Interior tray for screws, nails and storage of other small items. Large lower compartment for hammers and screwdrivers. Measures 14 inches long x 6 ½ inches deep x 6 inches high.
14 inches long x 6 ½ inches deep x 6 inches high
(35.5 cm x 16.5 cm x 15 cm)
Nogal wood (Tropical Walnut)
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