Beauty and function come together perfectly in this artist sketch box, which features an intricate banding composed of solid walnut and curly maple hardwood.The box top is cut at an angle, so when it’s opened, there’s a sloped surface for placing a sketchpad. A removable interior panel provides space for storing pads and paper, and the upper tray holds pencils, erasers, and other supplies. A handle and two latches make it easy to lock the box and carry it from place to place.

Accented with two contrasting woods—curly maple and walnut—the center panels of the box are made of richly figured Karelian burl veneer. The burl panels are bordered by quartered cherry and solid walnut trim on all corners. The walnut trim adds style and visual interest, but it also protects the cherry veneer from any bumps and knocks.