Welcome to the Boxwood Project!
Explore stunning gothic boxwood miniature carvings that have captured the imaginations of their owners and viewers for almost 500 years. This resource presents every known example of these carvings, documented with stunning new photography that allows you to zoom in and see wonderful details, alongside new research uncovering how these marvels were made. Explore and compare images of the carvings, and come back to the site often to see what new research is being discovered.
Few things small enough to fit in the palm of the hand can inspire wonder about the limitless potential of human creativity. Gothic boxwood miniatures carved in the early 1500s do just that, prompting us to wonder how a person could have possibly made them by hand over five hundred years ago. We have answered that question using cutting-edge scientific imaging technology, and the 2016–2017 exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures allows you to discover the secrets of these tiny sculptures in person.