Robert Andrews’ hand crafted boxes are a favourite at Canwest Art Gallery on the Lake. His fine craftsmanship, with attention to the unique use of high quality hardwoods found on Mayne Island, and the finishing of each piece, creates one of our most popular items.

Robert enjoys all aspects of box building. He uses a thin curf saw so as not to waste too much wood during the cut. The inside of one box actually becomes the outside of the next box, thus creating a ‘family’ of boxes; thereby utilizing as much of the wood as possible. Each box is expertly finished on the inside with soft brown velvet flock and faux fur fabric. The bottoms are covered in soft leather to take care not scratch fine furniture.

Robert Andrew’s unique, one-of-a-kind boxes are made from: Arbutus, Big Leaf Maple, Alder and Yew Wood. His boxes range in size, style and function to include storing photos, jewellery, remote controls, cigars, pencils/pens, and collectibles. Some boxes have even been valued as memorials to hold pet ashes.

Robert’s work