1rst Series, Handcrafted Keepsake Boxes

$250.00 $250.00.

Purple heart and Chakte Kok

Only 5 in this series, all boxes signed/numbered and comes with Certificate of Authenticity and registration card for a limited lifetime warranty on craftsmanship.

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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.

Box and certificate, signed and numbered.
Box and certificate, signed and numbered.

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About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for paint and various other things. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.

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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. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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