Peter Lloyd is a craftsman working from his small workshop in Cumbria UK, where he produces, by hand, a limited number of fine hardwood boxes.
"I search out unusual and beautiful pieces of wood from which I create jewellery boxes, jewellery chests and writing boxes."
Each box arises from a careful study of the shape and figure of the wood and reflects a balance between the needs of the design and the natural qualities of the material.
Every finished piece is a celebration of its wood. Each box is unique, completely handmade, the larger boxes are numbered and signed and "will undoubtedly be cherished as a future heirloom."
Peter Lloyd's path to becoming a craftsman was by no means a straight one. After working at Heathrow airport as an air traffic control assistant he then changed direction completely and pursued a career in hotel and catering management. There then followed a job in the retail trade and it was during this period that he began to settle into one direction. A craft and design teacher was the goal - reached by part-time study and working as a bench joiner.
Having worked for some years as a secondary school teacher in Cumbria, Peter then took up a two year teaching contract in Botswana, moving there with his wife and two children.
Back in Cumbria Peter was now determined to be his own boss. Long ago he'd made a jewellery box for his girl friend; there was a stunning piece of burr-oak; there was a perfectly serviceable garden shed and there was a gap in the market. Peter Lloyd Fine Hardwood Boxes was born. Customers and interest gradually started to swell and it was soon time to abandon the shed for a custom built workshop.
"Peter is now firmly established as one of the country's foremost boxmakers. Inspired by the unusual and striking English hardwoods he continuously seeks he has a passion for boxes. The excitement and enthusiasm with which he creates his gorgeous pieces is self-evident. As well as several solo exhibitions in Europe his work has been exhibited in some of the best galleries in the UK." Making Heirloom Boxes