I have to admit that I have a fixation with intarsia music boxes and when I can get my favorite tune converted to a music box song, it's a double home run for me. When I found an online store that not only sells these, but can also install a custom song, I got excited. If you’ve never seen the exquisite craftsmanship of intarsia made in Sorrento, Italy, then let me tell you about our last vacation.
My husband and I had the privilege of going to Italy last Christmas. Our driving tour included Rome, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. In the weeks leading up to the big departure day, I researched all the things that hubby and I could do that we’d enjoy together. He’s more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants guy and I don’t like to leave anything to chance.
Naturally, we planned on seeing all the ancient ruins of Rome and tasting authentic Italian food, gelato, and cappuccino. But aside from that, I wanted to make our trip unforgettable. Proactively, I booked tours to optimize seeing the sights during our short eight-day vacation.
In fact, I planned more things to do than could possibly be done because I like to have a back-up plan. When I saw that they had an intarsia jewelry box factory tour in Sorrento, let me tell you, it immediately went on the list and short of the factory burning down, there was no way we were missing that!
Woodworking is a passion of mine. The woodworking I do is comparatively amateurish and I’m envious of the skill it takes to make the fine details that are found on authentic Sorrento intarsia music boxes.
My attempts at it don’t hold a candle to Sorrento's intarsia. The lion below is my best attempt at this beautiful wood art form (a birthday gift for my husband). The lazy susan (purchased while in Italy during our vacation) is the same type of exquisite artistry that goes into the music boxes from Music Box Attic.
They go straight to the source in Sorrento, Italy, so I know that anything that comes from them will have the same exacting detail. Now that I know they have the ability to install a custom song into any of the music boxes they have, I’m putting together my “wish list” to give to my husband.
If you’ve read my story on “The Ritual of Buying and Giving Gifts”, you’ll understand that if I want him to get it, I’m going to have to be blunt and explicit! Now I’m faced with the dilemma of narrowing down what custom song I want to have installed and which music box.
These are my favorite intarsia music box choices right now:
As for the music box song that I want, I'm undecided on whether to go with one of their VAST selection -or- do I have a custom music box song made? Just knowing that I have that option really appeals to me. One of the first tunes that I looked for was "Unforgettable"...naturally.