Spearhead: a leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or development


Yes…I can design a box around that word….and that’s how the design of Spearhead started.


The body of Spearhead came from a chance encounter with a beautiful piece of Maple Burl. There was a bark inclusion running through the piece which severely weakened it. Knowing I wasn’t going to be able to cut it into usable pieces I got an idea and broke it into two pieces. Each of those two pieces was cut into four pieces. After creating a special sled I was able to cut all the miters and create the box bodies. It is cappedwith Gaboon Ebony. The legs are made from Red Heart. They were shaped using compound cuts on the bandsaw and then final shaping on the stationary belt sander. I applied a black maple veneer to the tops of the spear portions of the legs.


The lid is made from Figured Asian Satin Wood. A piece of Gaboon Ebony makes up the base for the Red Heart spear top.


Finish is four soakings of Danish oil followed by two buffings of BriWax.  They are lined with red velvet.


Sizes are 2.875" x 2.875" x 12" and 2.875" x 2.875" x 13.5"


Both Spearhead boxes are in a private collection.

Jeff Baenen Boxes

Kenosha, WI



Tel: 847 331 0756