Wood: Purple Heart and Chakte Kok
This is a genuine Wild Ozark Keepsake box, handcrafted by Robert Blake Riedel.
The first series was completed on 25 May 2017, and comes with a full one year warranty to the original owner.
The warranty covers defects in workmanship and materials for one year. If the original owner is not happy with this product Wild Ozark will repair, replace, or refund the original purchase price, at its discretion, within one year of purchase.
Limited Edition Keepsake Boxes
This box is one of five. It is made from Chakte KoK, and Purple Heart wood. It is 100% hand made in the USA by a Veteran with pride.
Each box requires 38 individual precise cuts plus planning, gluing, joining, routing, and sanding.
Chakte KoK (Cosmocalyx spectabilis), also known as Red Heart, grows on the eastern coastline in Mexico all the way down to the bottom of Brazil reaching heights of 50 to 65 feet with trunks between one to one and a half feet in diameter.
Purple Heart (Peltogyne SPP.) also grows from Mexico to Southern Brazil reaching from 100 to 170 feet tall and trunks from 3 to 5 feet in diameter. It is extremely dense and water resistant.
Neither of these species of trees are listed as threatened. Both are susceptible to oxidation and ultraviolet light fading, as most woods are. This can be slowed using a water based UV coating but not stopped. It is a normal process of the wood and is not covered in the warranty.
Each box is signed, dated, and burned with the “Wild Ozark” trade mark. Each box is given a serial number, photographed, and recorded in a database and hard copy, by the maker, for future reference.
We hope you enjoy your Wild Ozark keepsake box.
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Predator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.
Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.