Vintage Home Made Wooden Box with Hinged Lid "Shabby Robin's Egg Blue Finish"

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All of his life Moonchild Ross-Horowitz had been taught to think outside the box. His parents were hippies at heart, living the artist's dream in the mountains outside of Santa Cruz, California. His father considered himself a "stick artist". He would roam the forest looking for interesting sticks, sticks that "spoke" to him. When he found one, he would bring it back home, lay it on a table and ponder what to do with it. There were quite a number of sticks on the table at any given time as artist's inspiration never seemed to come. He attributed that to the fact that he had taken the stick out of nature and so it had lost its connection with Mother Earth. Moonchild's mother's favorite medium was the plastic tabs from bags of bread. She worked endless hours meticulously connecting them together to form sculptures, usually in the shape of marsupials--wombats were her favorite.

Moonchild had spent his entire life trying to live up to his parent's low expectations and at age thirty-five he had finally had enough. He decided to build himself a box to remind him that he could think inside the box, something with four walls, a top and a bottom. He took the box with him wherever he would go to serve as a reminder. He left the Santa Cruz mountains and moved down to the Silicon Valley where he became an accountant. Finally he found release and freedom in balance sheets and P & L's. He devoured I.R.S. tax code like a cheap dime novel. He even changed his name to John. For John "Moonchild" Ross-Horowitz, peace finally had come and it had six sides.

Here's a wonderful rustic, home-made wooden box with hinged lid and inside dividers. This sturdy box measures 16" wide X 4.5" tall X 10.5" front-to-back. It is constructed out of 1/2" thick plywood. The inside is divided into three compartments: 15" X 3"; 9.5" X 6" and 5" X 6". We found this box in a garage at an estate sale, painted it with robin's egg blue chalk paint and gave it a shabby, worn finish revealing in spots the original wood underneath. This fun box would make great storage for stationery, scrapbook supplies, old photos, remote controls, etc. or would also make a quaint jewelry box. It could also be mounted to a wall to make a small cabinet.

As mentioned above the box has a nice patina of worn paint, scratches and scuffs but is structurally sound. The interior is very very clean with no grease or dirt.

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