|Project by KelSnake||posted 10-29-2014 12:00 PM||1088 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
The Granny’s Tea Box Series
The Granny’s Tea Box puzzle design pays homage to my Granny. She introduced me to the joy of puzzles at a very young age (probably to keep me out of trouble for 5 minutes), and of course loved drinking tea herself. Serendipitously, the pint-sized tea boxes, my love of recycling and my passion for wood puzzle boxes has steeped much like the tea, to blend the varied ingredients into a delightful enigma. I see oodles of charm in these teensy weensy tea boxes and the potential for an intriguing puzzle experience. Though, these tiny tea boxes are mass produced from a readily available softwood and lack the fine quality usually attributed to a finely finished puzzle box, the way in which the quality images have been added to these tea chests (by the manufacturer) adds much to the overall appeal.
There are ten designs that are planned to be built, so far I have designed and built 5/10. These runs are of 24 units. Even though I class these as “Vintage” styled puzzle boxes they are actually brand new and came complete with tea in a sealed bag and everything. The unit of tea/box was of premium quality so I donated the tea bag portion to the local food bank and kept the boxes for puzzle use.
Each design is different, some use mechanisms that are all inside, while the 1st picture, 5th design (Lil’ Lunchbox) has external elements added and can be affected from the outside via a provided pin and combination lock. The 5th picture shows a puzzle box that has all loose parts that make up the locking mechanism, these are great for kids to solve, take apart and study and put back together again.
The last image of the larger tea boxes was a collaboration I did with fellow puzzle craftsman Robert Yarger. What we did here is called a puzzle “Joust” where I would build a locking mechanism to lock the tea box closed and then I shipped them to him so that he could then add another lock to the mix, thereby effectively locking mine. In order to solve this little conundrum you have to first solve his puzzle mechanism and then mine.
I have the rest of the empty tea boxes to build the remaining series, just waiting on good ole inspiration. ;)
-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca