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Cigar Puzzle Box #14

As with each cigar box, there is this quiet voice beckoning from inside that hollow, empty shell, …one that can barely be heard, it whispers, …"Kel, I yearn for a solution for which no question exists". "Please give me a question so… that others might ask of me, …let me play", says the empty box. Kel scratches his head and begins looking for the solution for which there was no question, and after a day and a night, and after imagining, stewing and contemplating came guided action. Before long, a mechanical form began to take shape, one that employed coy deception with a smattering of cleverness which made the cigar box beam proudly. And in the years to follow that ole cigar box regaled in the tales of those precious times when grown men would play like boys and find that spark of fun and enthusiasm once again.

This particular puzzle box is made mostly from scraps in my offcut bin, plywood, curly maple, cherry, and the cigar box, most likely a random antique store find. Its the Mystery By Design that keeps the wonder and excitement live and well in this ole box for a long time yet.



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Okay, that is just down right neat! Love the description and all, but love the puzzle box even more! Would you mind including some closeups of the insides next time? Just so beginning woodworkers like me can see more? How do you come up with the ideas for the insides? Where do you get the cigar boxes? I have a ton of questions because this really seems like a neat way of taking something "old" and giving it new life and perspective! Thanks for sharing!