Furniture Design & Woodworking

Code: W0705-24

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      Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Puzzle Boxes

Jul 15 - 19, 2024

9AM - 5PM


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.


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Pre-milled domestic hardwood, thick veneer, hand-sawing, jig-sawing

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Kagen Sound

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.

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Kagen Sound, Pinwheel Box

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Furniture Design & Woodworking

The Furniture Design & Woodworking program at Anderson Ranch draws upon the world of studio furniture, but pushes the boundaries of woodworking by mixing contemporary and traditional techniques and incorporating alternative materials. Anderson Ranch offers an inspiring range of workshops for all levels in topics such as cabinetry, wood bending, kinetics and carving.

The Maloof Wood Barn, divided into a machine room, assembly room, and bench room, provides participants the ideal workshop for realizing technical and creative goals. The machine room houses stationary equipment including SawStop table saws, jointers, planers, bandsaws, drill presses, edge sander, disk sander, drum sander, spindle sander, mortiser, radial arm saw, chop saw, router table and multi-router. In the assembly and bench rooms, a library of clamps, hand tools, and hand-held power tools line the walls for student use to complete their woodworking projects.

The Furni­ture Society and Ander­son Ranch are part­ner­ing this year to offer a schol­ar­ship for one BIPOC appli­cant to attend a work­shop for the 2024 summer season. This oppor­tu­nity includes tuition for a one-week work­shop, room and board for a Furni­ture Design and Wood work­shop, and a 1‑year member­ship to The Furniture Society. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for Furniture Society members. Please register online and then email [email protected] with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the Furniture Society discount cannot be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer.


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Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.

Lodging & Meals

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations. 

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.


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Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.

Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.

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