The Tornado Box
I am very excited to have collaborated with Akio Kamei to make the Tornado Box. Akio is a master craftsperson from Japan. He pioneered a career making modern forms of puzzle boxes called Karakuri Boxes starting in the 1980's. His mechanical trick boxes broke out from the traditional Japanese Himitsu-bako form to become otherworldly clever riddles and mechanisms.
His boxes often perform feats of magic with a sense of humor. They can make you say "wow!" then laugh. For me, interacting with his work it is like witnessing a tiny theatrical performance or enjoying a beautiful poem in wood form. Akio Kamei's boxes along with the Karakuri Creation Group's amazing works heavily influenced me to become a woodworker when I left college. I suspect his work has influenced many people from around the world.
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