The Hawaiian green sea turtle (honu) lives close to shore on all the Hawaiian Islands and is seen often by thousands of divers and snorkelers on the reef. The honu is believed to be a guardian of the Hawaiian people, it is both loved and revered in ancient Hawaiian culture. This design is of a smiling sea turtle wearing a flower lei around its neck.
Originating from ancient Chinese secret lock boxes (as seen in the movie National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage: White House scene) these simplified puzzle boxes feature a secret key that is used to unlock the box. Once unlocked, the top layer will slide off to reveal a hidden chamber. Our puzzle boxes feature an intarsia surface with designs created with various types of wood. It is also the only box that is cut out from a solid piece of wood which ensures durability. This will prevent warping and splitting during fluctuations in temperature. The inner compartment in our boxes is lined with spray velvet. These boxes can serve as jewelry boxes, treasure boxes or as a beautiful table or bookshelf statement piece.
Each piece of wood is meticulously hand contoured and carefully assembled to create multi-dimensional artwork. The beauty and uniqueness of our artwork comes strictly from the natural colors and grains of various wood types. No staining or painting is involved, only an oil finish is used to ensure the beauty as the wood ages. Wood burning is used for small details such as the scales of a fish or turtle, etc. Each piece of artwork is stamped on the back with our Le Family logo.
*Please note that this is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The shape and workmanship are exactly as shown here but because of the different grains and shapes in the exotic woods employed, there will always be some variation in color.
Size + Packaging
Each piece is carefully packaged in a box to ensure safe transporting. The measurements of the options are as follows:
Puzzle Box – 5.75" W x 3.5” H x 2.5" D
Care + Instructions
Using a dry soft cloth, rub the surface with a minimal amount of lemon oil to preserve the natural beauty and shine of the wood. This should be done twice a year or as often as you prefer.
For further questions and details, feel free to contact us at any time and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.