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Arts of Japan series : case construction part 10 (a)

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:01 AM, May 3, 2012 [Permalink]

This next post in the ongoing sequence of how our storage cases are being made is a bit different. It's not being posted 'openly' on this blog for everybody to see.

It's not that it's 'secret', it's because there are readers of this blog who do not want to see this just yet. They have ordered the print series, are looking forward to receiving the print and case, and are also looking forward to seeing how it 'works'.

As I mentioned earlier, we have been testing this with visitors to our place, and quite a few of these people have been unable to open the case when we give it to them. Now I should make it clear that this isn't any kind of 'puzzle' box - it's a straight-forward little box for storing the prints, with a lid that opens to allow the contents to be inspected.

But they are having 'trouble' for a couple of reasons. One is that the 'lid' isn't actually all that obvious - there are no hinges, no latch, no openings of any kind, nor does it have a drawer like last year's case. And the other is that we have made it a bit stiff, expecting that as the cases are used bit by bit, they will 'open up' to be looser and easier to handle (as indeed, we have found with our testing). So people aren't really sure how much force they can safely apply, without breaking something. So we'll be putting a note/letter into the package, letting people know how it opens ...

But it seems that among the collectors are some who also want to play this little 'game' ... having fun working it out for themselves. If this is you, then don't click here, because that link is to a sequence of photos showing how it all works.

And as for our 'regular' update, the current batch of 50 cases has now reached the end of the woodwork stage - they are all properly 'shaped', have their feet formed, and are ready for final sanding and varnishing.


Following comment posted by: Jacques on May 4, 2012 5:07 AM

Thank you for not disclosing the opening procedure of your Arts of Japan case to those of us who happen to be fond of 'brain-twisters'!

Following comment posted by: Dave on May 4, 2012 8:45 AM

Well Jacques, 'brain-twister' this isn't! Please don't be expecting some wonderfully challenging puzzle here ... it's just a simple box. I'm afraid that I might have made too much of all this, but we have found that there are people who have been stumped by it ...

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