Robert Riedel is the woodworking master of Wild Ozark. His work is characterized by attention to the fine details and artistic designs.

Dedicated to Sustainability

When choosing a wood to work with, it’s important to know whether those trees are over harvested, or even worse, endangered. Robert enjoys working with the wood of trees from around the world, including the Ozarks and far beyond, because of the variety in colors, grain, and texture.

In his woodworking projects, Robert uses trees that are not in danger or threatened, although some of the different woods are harder to procure and not commonly found in local woodcrafts.

His first addition to the Wild Ozark collection is the series of keepsake boxes pictured above, made from Chacte Kak and Purple Heart. Only five of these were created, and one is already spoken for.


Each box is signed and numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which outlines the limited lifetime warranty on workmanship.



            This is a genuine Wild Ozark Keepsake box. Handcrafted by Robert B. Riedel. 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.

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.

The Wild Ozark Woodworking Shop

After several years of planning and working contracts overseas in dangerous territories, the Wild Ozark Woodworking Shop was finally realized and Robert went to work on fulfilling his dream.

Angles and squares in the woodworking shop ready to cut to size and shape.
Angles and squares in the woodworking shop ready to cut to size and shape.


Keepsake Boxes S/N 0001 through 0005

Box and certificate, signed and numbered.

Box and certificate, signed and numbered. S/N’s 0002 through 0005 are available now in the Wild Ozark shop.