You might have read about the computer game “Minecraft,” and how enterprising and inventive gamers have created functional things like computers and complicated machines within the game, using simple, LEGO-like blocks. Well the artist featured in this story has taken that concept to a new extreme. Kagen Sound is a woodworking sculptor who specializes in incredibly beautiful puzzle boxes. So, why did he build a desk? It’s not really a desk. Well it is, but it’s also an organ, a puzzle and a computer. And it’s made 100 percent out of wood, even down to the pneumatic system and screws. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture, and also the coolest puzzle box ever.
Even if it weren’t secretly amazing, it’s actually a beautiful desk in its own right.
But then it begins to reveal its secrets.
First, there is a fully-functional, tuneable pipe organ built into the desk.
It can be programmed to play a song of the owner’s choosing.
Programmed? Yep, because Kagen is also a mathematician.
He built a complex memory bank that uses wooden blocks and switches to form a logic circuit.
As you solve each puzzle in the desk …
It unlocks the next puzzle, and stores a portion of the song in a wooden memory bank.
After 20 puzzles and hidden clues are revealed, there is a final puzzle that will play song when solved.
And a pendulum will swing, and open up a final, hidden compartment.
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