I love creating stuff that I have no real idea how it will look when it’s done, but to allow it to come to life as each piece is added.
This puzzle is nearly 100 moves to reach the final silver treasure. It is most challenging to feel the flow of a functional art piece and to hide clever locking systems so that it takes real effort to solve your way through the chest. The front door is 2” thick, full of wood gears and other wood systems, getting all that to work fluidly and in one order of sequential discovery is such a huge part of what is most satisfying as a designer\builder.
I learn so much by challenging myself in different situations. This chest requires the solving of the drawers first, followed by the front door, and a middle door, not to forget the back door as well. Learning how to build these mechanical systems into smaller insertable sections makes the final experience so very beautiful.
I just love being able to use the exotic woods in small enough quantities that I don’t need a second mortgage to play!