The sides for this stunning box came from a sawmill in Columbiana Alabama. The wood is ambrosia maple. The striking grain of this wood comes from that ambrosia beetle that bores into the wood to create its nest. Moisture follows the tunnels that the beetle make, creating the organic patterns in the wood. The sides on this box are cut in such a way that the grain flows continuously around all four corners. Miter keys are then placed on the corners. This is done by cutting thin grooves into the wood and then placing a wood of contrasting color into the grooves. Miter keys are an aesthetic feature and also add strength to the mitered corners. Thin triangular-shaped legs are cut from cherry and are affixed to the sides with copper nails. The lid for the box is rabbited so that it is indexed securely within the sides of the box. The finial is made by inserting a round piece of hand-blown stained within a inverted triangle of heart cherry. The finial is fixed to the lid with two hammered copper posts.