One Collector Won’t Have to Keep His Watch in a Drawer

An Irish artisan is creating a walnut box, veneered with centuries-old bog oak, for a watchmaker’s client.

At his workshop in rural County Mayo, Neville O’Farrell has been working on a display box of walnut with a bog oak veneer for a special timepiece.

He operates Neville O’Farrell Designs, a business that he and his wife, Trish, founded in 2010. He creates handmade boxes from native and exotic hardwoods, with prices starting at 1,800 euros ($2,020); Ms. O’Farrell handles the finishing work and business details.

Most of their customers are in the United States and the Middle East. “New Yorkers and Californians order jewelry and watch boxes,” Mr. O’Farrell said. “Texans order

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