Friday, December 17, 2010

What To Get The Person Who Has Everything

It's the thought that counts, as the story goes, but just where do we find that wonderful gift.

Well, according to Lee Bunker, a Wheathills Cabinet Maker, the gift is within the heart and memories, just waiting for the right moment to be given.

When an off the shelf gift simply will not do, a Wheathills Memory Box is the solution to the age old problem of what do you buy the person who has everything?

How people use these unique Boxes is the diverse practical element of the gift, but the true beauty is found in the symbolism and hidden meanings within the marquetry designs, guaranteeing exclusivity to the tone of - the only one of its kind in the world.
Memory Box Depicting Marquetry E Type Jaguar Sports Car

Every gift is bespoke and is focused on the personality of the giver and receiver of the Box. Fascinating life stories are captured and intertwined with special moments, family history and aspirations for the future. They are created to an exquisite standard ensuring longevity, true value and a sense of that precious family heirloom.

The construction and finish of each Box is reversible, meaning that new stories can be celebrated and added to the design as time moves on.

Wheathills have found their clients have many uses for their boxes, from the simple but elegant place to keep safe family mementoes, to grand Humidors and Watch Winders to Gun Cases, Purdey Display Strong Boxes, Jewellery Cases, Wedding Keepsake Boxes, Birthdays, Christenings and the list goes on.

The defining qualities shared by these gifts are the unique life stories adorning each Box. The effort and immense thought invested by the giver, proof indeed of genuine love and affection for the receiver, which in itself is the ultimate gift for the Person Who Has Everything.

When off the shelf simply will not do, see Wheathills Memory Boxes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

News Of Our Latest Marquetry Memory Boxes

We have just updated with a series of our latest Marquetry Memory Boxes, and enhanced the ranges of boxes.

These Memory Boxes are remarkable and very different from the normal expectation of a Memory Box inasmuch that they are a thing of beauty, a work of art, a highly personalised artefact and an heirloom all rolled into one. Each box has a story of yof the client's loves, life and passions inlaid in breathtaking marquetry on both the outside and inside of the box.

No two boxes are the same and each is 100& handmade in our Derbyshire workshops (with the exception of brassware or silverware).

Below is a Wedding Memory Box commissioned for a couple who are lifelong Liverpool supporters:

Here a couple whose love for opera and fine music inspired them to have a Memory Box created for their baby daughter, who no doubt will use the box for storing keepsakes and mementos.

A lady whose Alma Mater was Clare College Cambridge commissioned this memory box to celebrate her time there:

All of these boxes and a lot more are on show at

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wheathills Web Site

We've just given the custom made furniture section of our website a revamp.
The above image was taken in the old Servants' Quarters at Wheathills (recently transformed into the craftsmen's rest room), and the photographer has captured the mood and scene perfectly - well done Kieran. There are also other examples of our custom made furniture on show.
The handmade furniture section also utilises the lightbox system of displaying images.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Creating Marquetry on our Memory Boxes

Wheathills Memory Boxes are renowned for their beautiful marquetry images. But what is marquetry and how is it created?

To answer that we have written an article on how to create marquetry in the Features section of our site, but here is a taster.
For a 21st Birthday present we were commissioned to create a Memory Box incorporating a marquetry image of a steam locomotive (an old road locomotive). After consultations and sketches passing to and fro our artists and Cabinet Makers got to work.

One of the Cabinet Makers is carefully cutting out the area from the main sheet of Walnut where the marquetry piece will be inlaid.

The part finished Marquetry work is held in place by special veneer tape, awaiting the time when it is firmly secured to the box's surface.

The steam locomotive's marquetry wheel is painstakingly built up piece by piece.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Upholstery In Designer Fabric

Wheathills have always excelled in restoration work, that is how the company, Kedleston French Polishers, started. It is only recently however that we have brought in the upholstery and re-upholstery service in Designer Fabrics.

We now offer upholstery services using designer fabrics from the cream of English Design Houses, eg William Morris, Sanderson, Romo, GP & J Baker fabrics to name a few.

Antique settee upholstered by Wheathills in William Morris Fabric

This beautiful period settee has been re-upholstered by our traditional upholsterers in the workshops of Wheathills - our 18th Century Country House.

The upholstery service offered not only covers your favourite old armchair but it can be extended to one of the period chairs or settees that Wheathills have for sale.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Memory Boxes from Wheathills at The Shrewsbury Flower Show

Wheathills will be displaying a selection of beautiful handmade Memory Boxes at the world's longest running horticultural event - The Shrewsbury Flower Show. Thousands of visitors from around the world visit this event annually.

For more details of Memory Boxes at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wheathills at CLA Game Fair

Wheathills will be displaying their beautiful, handmade Memory Boxes at the CLA Game Fair held at Ragley Hall in Warkwickshire between Friday 23rd July and Sunday 25th July, 2010.

For more details on our Memory Boxes at CLA Game Fair

Monday, June 7, 2010

Memory Box - A Beautiful Example

I've never seen such beautiful Memory Boxes as these. They are handmade to order and have images relating to the owner's life story inlaid in different timbers into the surface of the box, making each one not just a box to hold memories or keepsakes in, but have the major events and passions in a lifetime built into the box.

This one is amazing:
The  most amazing Memory Box
The owner of this box must have had some life, judging by all of the different images and associated stories.

This is what makes these Memory Boxes different from any others that I've seen, they are all individual, and made for the individual with all of these lovely personal touches that no shop-bought item could compare with.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wheathills Web Site Facelift

We have given the Wheathills web site a facelift. Gone are the greens, yellow and reds, and we have replaced them with a new look and new colours.

Take a look and tell us what you think

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Keep Up To Date With Wheathills

Just to enable you to keep up with Wheathills here are some of our social networking sites:

Wheathills On Twitter

Wheathills On Facebook

Wheathills On Squidoo

Please visit us and join in.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Memory Boxes - Designing and Choosing

Like buying any product there is a question of balance between cost and end result, rarely do we find that we have got the best of both worlds. Some buys though are worth the extra investment, especially when they are for personal reasons.

A good example of a personal purchase is a Memory Box; again like a lot of products there are Memory Boxes and there are Memory Boxes. Off the shelf boxes and cheap pine boxes have their place and uses, however if you truly want a personally designed box then surely Wheathills is the place to acquire them.

Memory Box - Personally Designed For A Rolls Royce Engineer

When a limited edition simply will not do, then at Wheathills you can personally commission a beautiful, exquisitely designed Memory Box with breathtaking Marquetry work.
You are giving part of yourself to someone whom you love, so you get to choose the size, colour and design that truly represent the memory of its creation.

Why settle for anything but the best?