YOUR NEW CEDAR BOX
Handcrafted from aromatic cedar, your new box is made with top quality wood and hardware, using strong, glued joints. After being sanded, it was coated with shellac or an oil & urethane finish for protecting the wood and to keep it looking nice for years to come. You may further add a light coat of paste wax for additional protection from dust and light scratches.
The inside is unfinished in order to allow the wood to release that fine
cedar aroma. However, this tends to make it more susceptible to
moisture, so we recommend storing it away from high humidity areas such
as windows, kitchens and bathrooms. Still, there should be no problem
with taking your box to powwows or meetings and for long term storage of
fans, feathers, gourds and related items. Be aware, however, that
aromatic red cedar lumber contains knots and is unavoidably prone to
checking and cracks. It "moves" more than other woods and may develop
small cracks over time as it seasons and dries out. We use the best
grade of kiln dried cedar available, but this is just the nature of
You should also be aware that cedar is an oily wood and sometimes this
oil may leach out, so we recommend lining your box with cotton or wool
cloth in order to protect the contents. Further, cedar oil reacts with
mothballs (especially the paradichlorobenzene variety) and can make a
real mess so we suggest not using mothballs in your box.
If the box should begin to lose its nice cedar aroma, it can easily be
refreshed by very lightly sanding the inside with extra fine sandpaper.
Your new box should give you many years of good service, and we hope you enjoy it!