Richmondshire entrepreneurs work together on boxes inspired by night sky

Tom and Rachel with the Buckden boxes.

Three local entrepreneurs are collaborating to make a collection of wooden and silk boxes inspired by the dark skies that are currently being celebrated in the Yorkshire Dales.

Furniture maker Tom Addison, from Tom Addison Fine Furniture, based near Askrigg, and Richmond textile designer Rachel Stirr have together designed a walnut keep safe box that captures some of the astronomical events that can light up the skies of the national park.

The luxury handcrafted boxes feature a shooting star design hand carved into the lid and a silk interior inspired by the aurora borealis and some of the natural forms, textures and patterns that can be seen in outer space along with polished solid brass fittings.

They have been upholstered by Catterick-based Emma Harris, from Emma Harris Upholstery.

The Buckden box collection has been specially created as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority marks its seventh annual Dark Skies Festival which is running for 17 days until March 6th.

”One thing I love about living and working in Wensleydale is the dark skies and looking up on a clear night, when I’m out either for a run or a walk with my dog, to see the millions of stars,” said Tom, 32, who lives in Askrigg, and was in 2014 crowned English fell running champion.

”You always feel lucky when you see a shooting star, they often take you by surprise when they trail blaze their way across the night sky.

“It was the magic of this spectacle that inspired me to make a box that celebrated the dark skies in our area.”

“Collaborating with Rachel and Emma to share this breath-taking wonder has been an exciting journey.

“We hope others will enjoy the beautiful galaxy swirls of the dark walnut grain which has been locally supplied from Wonder of Wood near Settle, the striking falling star carving on the lid and be wowed by the exquisite colours and decoration of the interior.”

Rachel Stirr, who runs design company Bernie and Blue, said: ”I am proud to be working alongside a fellow Yorkshire person to create a luxury, precious, beautiful, organically designed item for such a special event in the Yorkshire Dales calendar.

”Dark skies inspire me to discover and learn more about myself and the universe and allow for that moment of being at one with nature and having alone time, to just simply be in the world.

”The constellations within the skies remind me of a huge blanket of fairy lights, shining above us, protecting and giving us hope.”

The national park has been designated a Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association because it is so free from light pollution.

”It is wonderful how businesses look at different opportunities to celebrate the dark skies,” said Helen Dalton, a spokesperson for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

”Tom is such a talented local craftsman and has created the most beautiful handmade boxes to reflect the dark skies in the Dales.”

The Buckden box collection are available for pre order at www.tafinefurniture.co.uk and www.bernieandblue.co.uk