This is a very pretty acorn shaped box made out of Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) with Australian Lacewood (Cardwellia Sublimis) cap. I know and love the scent of this eucalyptus for many many years before I had the chance to meet the tree in person. When I was young, Eucalyptus ointment was very popular as a cure-all. Headache? No problem, rub some on your temples. Tummy ache? Massage some on your belly. Stuffy nose? Sniff some...the list goes on. The wide spread of this ointment was due partly to its pleasant, almost addictive scent, partly to the popular herbal medication approach, but largely because that was the extend of the pharmaceutical industry there and then. I could not find the same extract in the US (here, people have more potent, colorful pills to put into these lovely acorn pill boxes), but have access to it source. Eucalyptus trees are abundant here. Every time I pass by one, I try to grab a bunch of leaves, crush them up and enjoy the aroma. Eucalyptus was introduced to California during the Gold Rush, with the hope that these fast growing trees would provide a renewable source of timber. People later found out that the wood was almost useless due to extensive splitting. Another annoying thing about some eucalyptus is their tendency to suddenly drop their heavy branches. Despite these drawbacks, Eucalypts have many uses which make them economically important trees, ointment aside. I have many eucalyptus species in my collection, but this one is near and dear, so I made this acorn to contain that piece of memory. Do you have a memorable experience involving a eucalyptus? If yes, I hope it wasn't due to branch failure! Also from Australia, the hard-to-thread Lacewood with it's shimmering grain and interesting pattern adds a bunch of visual interest to this acorn.
A nice box for your valuables. The screw-on cap ensures that your content is secured, good for jewelry, keepsake... Thought the ages, people has given out acorns as a symbol of prosperity and luck. This one is a unique gift.
Dimension (largest diameter x height): 2-1/8" x 2-3/4"
-- All wood turned items were hand made and/or hand threaded on a lathe. Hardwood threaded inserts were used for woods that do not accept threading well.
-- The item was sanded to 1200 grid for a mirror finish and sealed with a food-safe varnish, if applicable. For hard, fine grained wood with a natural shine, only wax and oil was applied.
-- Each piece offered is a unique item. The design may be repeated but the dimension and wood combination, and or decorative accent will be different
-- Artist signature and catalog number will be inscribed on the item
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