These Boxes are made for ceremonial use in the Native American Church. The large one is custom made for a friend who has need for the extra room and sturdy enough to sit on. (cringe!)
My idea was to laminate contrasting woods and reverse the pattern for the ends of the box so that the opposite wood will show through the dovetail joint. The result is great. It just took me 5 years to get to finishing the boxes. The dovetails are hand cut and time intensive. The lids are coopered then sanded smooth, inside and out.