Kagen Sound has spent the last 25 years creating puzzle boxes, winning numerous awards through a niche worldwide puzzle collecting community. His boxes may require shifting panels, searching for invisible buttons, transforming wooden mosaics, and even playing correct musical notes. Often something seemingly impossible happens when one of his boxes is opened. He lives in Denver, CO and works in a studio behind his home in the city.
Kagen's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jul 15 - 19, 2024
9 AM - 5 PM
This class explores the Japanese art of making secret opening boxes in three stages. First, students create a box infrastructure. Next, they cut plates of wood, which slide in a sequence and stay attached to the framework. Finally, it is assembled and a finish is applied. After each student completes an initial warm-up puzzle box, Kagen will reveal a number of other wooden mechanisms and decorative inlays meant to disguise and hide moving parts. Students are then encouraged to design and build their own custom puzzle box variation. The class focuses primarily on hand tool use with the aid of a few miniature router table set-ups that assist in cutting notches for moving parts and joinery.