Striped Puzzle Box, 2016, 2.5×2.5×9″. Laser cut and engraved Baltic Birch plywood.
This box is a small pen case that is made from sandwiching many layers of birch plywood to create a form that looks seamless at first glance, but has a twisting latch that lets you separate the two halves, which can then be used as pen stands.
The quality that makes Baltic Birch plywood really unique is that it’s composed of three layers of high-quality veneer of equal thickness, which makes it very consistent, strong, and symmetrical, which for this design makes it difficult to tell the layers apart once it’s glued and finished. Some of the charring from the laser cutting was left on the exterior for decorative effect.