A year or two before I made my first wooden clock, I worked my way back into woodworking by making wooden bowls and boxes. I made this little vase/pot for my wife for Valentine's Day one year. It's only a few inches tall, as are these items:
My wife loves these (she made the Fimo clay housefly to go on one of my son's art projects, but it lighted on this box one day and never left). I guess my designs got a little silly because I got bored with boxes. I needed wood that MOVED. I started making clocks and moving sculptures shortly thereafter and haven't made a box since...well...except for maybe this one:
Heh heh...cracks me up every time.