Charlie Welcomes a New Friend

The low tone of a far off gong floats across the top of the world. High among the snow capped mountains a wise soul floats. The colors of the setting sun, the deep rich brown tones of the jagged rocks, and the pristine white of the ice and snow, fill the soul with amazement and wonder.

An icy wind blows up the side of Everest and the soul can tell it is brutally cold, but can not feel its sting. Still he thought, it is time to move on. So with a suddenness which would stun anyone watching, if there were eyes about to see, he leapt towards Lhasa, into the darkness. In the wink of an eye, Lhasa is behind him and the Great Wall of China appears off in the distance.

After 500 miles of ancient wall, he slows and then stops flying. It is dark, but he can still see the beauty. Perhaps it was just because he has seen it so often before. He has been wondering and waiting for some time, but the familiar warmth told him that a new chapter was about to begin. He stopped looking, turned his sight inward, and then the warmth burned hot for an instant, and he was gone.

Shan and Charlie

“Hi! You are new. Nice to meet you, my name is Charlie. You have beautiful inlays. They are really handsome.” The little oak and morado box said to the inlay box who seemed to be waking up.

The tiny maple, wenge and padauk box was a little bit fuzzy at first. He always felt a bit disorientated when he was given a new home. He quickly got his wits about him and noticed that he was being addressed. “Oh Hello…Charlie…My name is Shan. And thank-you. Where are we?” he said looking about.

“We are in Martelle Iowa. We live with a guy named Brian, who builds tiny boxes. He builds other things too, but he really likes tiny boxes. He just finished you.”

“A tiny box.” Shan said aloud, but in a contemplative way, as he looked at the other boxes scattered about.

Charlie, sensing that Shan was feeling a bit out of sorts, decided to explain a bit more, “There are lots of us. Henry, who just left, was an old soul. He was adopted and left yesterday. Fred left last week, and moved to Connecticut. He just arrived and his new family really likes him. He is very happy.”

“I see that there are lots of us around.” Shan said, giving a quick count. He could see 7 other tiny boxes, just from where he was sitting.

“There are more in the other room, and a few down stairs talking to the tools. We can pretty much do as we like, as long as we are quiet when Brian is sleeping. Then we don’t talk aloud.”

“Who are the red headed boxes?” Shan whispered.

Charlie giggled, “The one of the left is Ginger and the other is called Alice. Alice is a pistol.”

The next few hours Shan spent getting to know his new friends. Charlie had to go, because he was getting his photo shoot done, so that he could be put up for adoption too. Edward, Alice and Ginger hung out with Shan and made him feel incredibly comfortable in his new surroundings.

Charlie did a wonderful job in his photo shoot.

Charlie the Tiny Box

Born on 8/31/2010

If you would like to adopt Charlie, he would be thrilled.  He can be found at my Etsy storehttp://www.etsy.com/listing/55882321/charlie-the-tiny-box

19 comments
Meghan Ward
Meghan Ward

These boxes are beautiful, Brian! My brother is a carpenter, although he doesn't do stuff like this. He makes furniture mostly.

annie q. syed
annie q. syed

Hi Brian,

I like that it is your handwriting...and not some kind of a printed tattoo or something. This was a delight to read.

Great photography as always and love the story these guys always have to share.

I was wondering if Shan is available? : )

Annie

annie q. syed
annie q. syed

Hi Brian,

I like that it is your handwriting...and not some kind of a printed tattoo or something. This was a delight to read.

Great photography as always and love the story these guys always have to share.

I was wondering if Shan is available? : )

Annie

David Mathias
David Mathias

Very nice work, Brian. I am partial to Alice - she's a beauty (I'm a sucker for deep reddish-brown woods).

David Mathias
David Mathias

Very nice work, Brian. I am partial to Alice - she's a beauty (I'm a sucker for deep reddish-brown woods).

Sheila
Sheila

Charlie has a very nice color combination. I have never worked with morado before. It has a beautiful grain to it. I love the personalization. Sheila

Sheila
Sheila

Charlie has a very nice color combination. I have never worked with morado before. It has a beautiful grain to it. I love the personalization. Sheila

Bill
Bill

I suggest that the date and (box) name on the bottom should be inscribed in a manner commensurate with the effort which went into the rest of the box. As it is, it looks almost like an afterthought. Of course, they are your boxes--and it's your signature (which will be a reflection of you for a long time).

Regards,
Bill

Bill
Bill

I suggest that the date and (box) name on the bottom should be inscribed in a manner commensurate with the effort which went into the rest of the box. As it is, it looks almost like an afterthought. Of course, they are your boxes--and it's your signature (which will be a reflection of you for a long time).

Regards,
Bill

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Thanks for checking out my blog Meghan. I really appreciate the kind words. I have been so busy writing of late, there has been little time for woodworking. Hopefully I will be able to get back in the shop soon and make some more tiny boxes.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Thanks for checking out my blog Meghan. I really appreciate the kind words. I have been so busy writing of late, there has been little time for woodworking. Hopefully I will be able to get back in the shop soon and make some more tiny boxes.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Alice is really a remarkable box. I think I am partial to her too, though I love all the tiny boxes. :-)

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

Alice is really a remarkable box. I think I am partial to her too, though I love all the tiny boxes. :-)

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I have no idea what you mean. I used a pen. What would you have used?

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I have no idea what you mean. I used a pen. What would you have used?

Bill
Bill

I would use the same care artists use when they sign and date paintings. Your work is deserving of that. I wondered why the date was sideways, and why is it so large compared to your name and "Charlie". I think August 31, 2010 is more elegant than 8/31/2010. Appreciate that the labels you attach are an important part of your very personal product. Nice boxes--I mean art work.

Bill
Bill

I would use the same care artists use when they sign and date paintings. Your work is deserving of that. I wondered why the date was sideways, and why is it so large compared to your name and "Charlie". I think August 31, 2010 is more elegant than 8/31/2010. Appreciate that the labels you attach are an important part of your very personal product. Nice boxes--I mean art work.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I think you make a good point about August vs the number. I may do that from here on out. Thanks.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I think you make a good point about August vs the number. I may do that from here on out. Thanks.