A piece of the old world and old wisdom. Hope chests were presents from a bride's parents as she left their home and journeyed on to make her own. The chest contained all the items she would need to start her new life and new family. They were built to last, to be handed down from generation to generation. The old passing on their hope and wishes to the new. This Birdseye maple and cherry hope chest was built as I retired from my first professional career and began something new. For me, it symbolizes the hopes and dreams I had many years ago and the belief they can and will come true. I built it with the same skills and tools used by craftsman from one hundred years ago.