box is crafted by hand with cedar wood from the Paraguayan jungle
wrapped in leather with a hand stitch finish
great cedar / leather smell that never goes away
perfect for dads and grads!
9.75" (L) x 7.25" (H) x 3.25 (W)
This box is perfect for holding watches / jewelry, every day belongings (keys, wallet, etc), playing cards for a poker tourney - really anything you can think of. It smells so good when you open it that you're going to want to find excuses to come back. CEDAR WOOD
The smooth cedar foundation of the box is sourced from the depths of the vastly untouched jungle town of Rosado, Tobati, Paraguay. Cedar is the most sought after wood resource in the country, and with reason. It's strong, yet malleable. Its smell is untapped jungle. If you close your eyes while breathing in, it takes you to your happy place. Each side of the box is symmetrical and smooth to the touch. Such is required when applying leather to an item; it's important that the surface is completely flat to ensure that there are no gaps or bubble after the leather is applied. After Teo (artisan) is done with the boxes, he wraps and places them in a bag that he secures on his back before he jets off on his moto to his buddy's house. The buddy, juan carlos, is Bati's lead leather artisan. Juan Carlos invites Teo to stay a while and drink terere. Afterwards, JC and his team wrap the boxes with gorgeous, supple leather and tie it all together with a classic hand stitch. The result? A one of a kind beauty with built-to-age leather and an unforgettable smell that greets you every time you open the box.
We loved making excuses to go to Teo's to watch him at his craft. Bati co-founder Taylor taught his daughter and a few of his nieces and nephews at the Macchi School. He often bragged about Teo's woodworking. 'Dude, one second it's a full trunk and the next it's a box!' Our favorite memories are drinking terere with Teo and his family, and one particularly large celebratory dinner with 15 of his closest family members after we decided to do business together. When we asked him where he got his wood from, he asked me: 'do you have 15 minutes?' We nodded and he led us out of his house and down the road to a path that wound deeper into the jungle. Before we knew it, we were bear hugging a bunch of cedars, knocking on the stump and listening on the other side to test its age and vitality. So Teo's got a sweet backyard. He trusts the wood he finds there. He uses worn metal chisels and a wooden hammer to sculpt his wood. Now that's what we callkickin itold school, amigo.