I am Roy Archer, of Auckland, New Zealand, Cabinetmaker by trade.
I worked my apprenticeship many years ago in antique furniture and clocks so have a great appreciation of the finer application involved in that type of furniture.
I travelled extensively overseas, widening my skill base and, when eventually returning to New Zealand, built a reproduction King Louis cabinet that I had seen in the Louvre. I have a great knowledge and love of wood and enjoy nothing more (apart from fishing) than creating something beautiful out of the warmth of native timbers.
I enjoy a fulfilling life with family, fishing, golf and tennis all keeping me happy.
A few years back my partner and I enjoyed an "adult OE" by circumnavigating Australia in a caravan for a year. It was an adventure of a lifetime and we often reflect on the fun we had.
Many years ago I formed my own company manufacturing billiard tables, often restoring magnificent antique ones back to their former glory. Now, due to changing trends, I no longer manufacture them, but restore and recloth billiard/snooker tables, make and sell accessories. With more time on my hands I am now able to return to the pleasure of creating beautiful hand crafted pieces, which will eventually become antiques of the future in their own right.
I source sold native timbers for my work, predominantly recycled New Zealand heart Rimu. I use exotic and New Zealand veneers for the marquetry inlay and use English made antique locks and keys. The French polishing is undertaken to the very highest standard by Brian Gray French Polishers of Auckland, renowned New Zealand wide for his antique restoration work.
The boxes I have made are top of the line and would suit the most discerning buyer. These are timeless gifts and could be given for many special occasions. Wedding, anniversaries, 21sts, birthdays, graduations or simply because you just want to enjoy giving. They would look stunning as an executive desk box for private papers. They could also be a special memory box/urn.
I have made two sizes to cater for the wide range of uses these boxes would provide but am happy to discuss your own particular requirements. I hope you enjoy looking at these boxes and please feel free to ask any questions you may have. I would also welcome any feedback and suggestions.