October '22

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 • G R A P H I C S P R O 4 5 panels, etc. I'll include a sample of that in this article. But not everyone wants to work on large pieces, and small items are by far easier to sell. BOXES Boxes represent the largest category in the wooden product line. ere are so many shapes and sizes to choose from and the application can range from a utilitarian container for everyday items such as keepsakes and jewelry to highly specialized ones such as urns or humidors, which create a temperature-controlled environment for cigars. Boxes also serve the purpose of enhancing other products you may sell, such as wine or liquor bottles by themselves or as a set with engraved glasses, or a chess piece collection. A box can function as a presentation box for just about any item. ese boxes can be purchased in a variety of woods and finishes and give you plenty of opportunity to add interesting items to your product line. Boxes can be abrasive blasted, laser engraved, or sublimated. PENS I became aware of these items when a student presented me with a gift: a fountain pen turned from wood. I would not have thought of that possibility back then but see that in the mean- time this has become a very popular item and can, of course, be personalized. ere are many sources for the readymade blanks, and you may even find a local woodworker who has specialized in turning wood to create pens of many styles. And they do not all have to be fountain pens. Cigar box, laser engraved with various inlays in the lid of the box. (Image courtesy Trotec)

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