Warning: this post contains shaving-related puns. If you’re allergic to puns, please look away now.
Phew, that was a close shave.
When the guys at Thomas Clipper asked me to create a wooden display box for their awesome new razor, I was very excited. Matt and Tony had successfully launched a brand that valued craftsmanship and quality – two things I am very passionate about.
The brief was simple: make a one-off wooden display case for their Mark One razor. This was to be a reward for one of their very first backers on Kickstarter.
Taking inspiration from the Thomas Clipper sail motif – a pair of sail-like triangles – I started playing around with the idea of a box made up of interlocking triangular halves. Wanting to do the razor justice, I added a mirror and 24 dovetail joints. Why the hell not?
I sourced some Sapele, a nice hardwood that handles moisture well and has a lovely colour to it, from the good folk at GoodTimber.com
After much trimming…
… the box started to take shape.
The varnish was applied with a fine bristle…
… and the mirror a-tache’d.
And the whole thing was then assembled and held together with a strap made from Scottish lather.
So, was it all worth it? Did I really need to design something so ludicrously complex for such a simple task? Well I’ll let you be the judge of that. Take a look at these razor-sharp pictures taken by the hugely talented Chris at www.ISeeSea.co.uk.
Thanks for reading. And sorry about the puns. K