About Us

Whether you are a corporate business or private individual, we can specially design and create handmade wooden boxes to suit your specific needs.  As well as commissions, we create a small selection of wooden boxes that can be purchased directly from us or through Galleries in Ireland and England.

Our Service

Customer involvement is the key to the continuing success of our box making business and we keep you up-to-date during key creative stages of your bespoke box by sending work-in-progress images via email together with written details and telephone calls where appropriate.  We find this method of keeping in touch with our customers particularly useful when giftware is being personalised or specially commissioned.  For those who are having a box personally created for them, we can produce a 3D computer generated model.

Gift Personalisation is available for all our handmade box creations. All of our boxes are available with Certificates of Authenticity that can usually be personalised with around 25 words.  Another option is to have marquetry inlaid to the exterior or a plaque added to the inside.  Gift Tags can also be specially made and for a handmade wooden box that requires extra special packaging we can provide a gift wrapping service (for further details please contact us).

Our Products

Based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, we started our craft business in 2002.  Our box creations are individually crafted and then sold worldwide via our website and Galleries in England and Ireland.  When you contact us for the first time with your box requirements we will respond promptly to discuss  and confirm details.

Hawthorne Crafts is a family business and both of us – Ian and Kate – work closely together on each box with precision and care to ensure you get the box you want.  While I (Ian) handcraft the box and send image updates to you via email, Kate assists with lining, administration and organises packaging and delivery.

We create

  • jewellery boxes,
  • keepsake boxes,
  • ring/trinket boxes, and
  • presentation boxes.

All boxes can be viewed in our Gallery.

Our one-of-a-kind Bespoke boxes have been created with an Art Deco influence and can be purchased directly from us or from a small selection of galleries where they are on display.  We also exhibit at select events throughout the UK and recently participated in the Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design event held in August 2014 in Cheltenham.

If you have something in particular in mind that is not currently on our website then you may wish to consider contacting us to tailor-make/commission your box idea.  To learn more about commissioning a box please go to our Commissions section.

An exciting commission in 2011 involved creating a bespoke box as a wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton (see slideshow above).  A more recent commission was the creation of a watch box for Seiko which they presented to their Ambassador and top tennis player Novak Djokovic in late 2014 (see above slideshow).  To find out more about this and many other commissions we are currently undertaking please ‘like’ and follow us on Facebook.

As a well known artisan box maker, Ian writes articles for UK woodworking magazines including Good Woodworking and Furniture and Cabinetmaking.  An article on the making of the Thulean Box features in Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine, issue Jan 2014 (see Thulean images in slideshow above). A further article featured in Furniture and Cabinetmaking (edition 182, August 2011)  describing how the Royal Box was created.  

Several articles that appeared in Good Woodworking include – an Article on the Steps Jewellery Box,(January 2011) the plans to create Furnace Ring Boxes (September 2011 ) and a six-page spread on a very beautiful jewellery box with fuchsia marquetry, aptly named ‘Full Bloom’ (December 2011).

Ian is also a member of the Designers/Makers Forum, and featured in the Craft&Design Selected makers catalogue in the May/June 2011 edition of the Craft&Design Magazine, Makers Gallery.  In addition, the April 2007 edition of Craftsman Magazine included a full page article on Hawthorne Crafts.

Our business is constantly evolving and a few years ago we designed and started manufacturing our own quality  box hardware  for use on clients’ boxes as well as selling them to other box makers worldwide. Enthused by the overall response we currently sell a selection of box hardware on-line via www.jewelleryboxhardware.com and have expanded our own Neat Hardware range to include – the Neat Hinge, the Neat Lock and the Neat Tray Handles, as well as the Neat Trim tool, all of which we use on our own boxes.

Past Commissions have also included a box collection for a Norwegian entrepreneur; a jewellery box for a Russian businesswoman; a keepsake box for an Australian tycoon; a tobacco box for retired Labour MP Tony Benn; presentation boxes for Red Bull; a musical note for actor Dominic Brunt (Paddy, Emmerdale Farm); a Trophy for the annual Lagan Boat Race;  a Pen Set for Prince Charles; and the Mossley Mill Giftware Collection for Newtownabbey Borough Council’s visiting dignitaries including Members of Parliament.

Simple, 4 step process

Boxes are tailormade in terms of dimensions, internal layout, wood, hardware, lining, and personalisation through plaques and marquetry.
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