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A Box of Old Money

It Looks Like An Awesome Box Of Money. When You Take A Closer Look, It’ll Seriously Blow Your Mind. - January 15, 2014

A skill like woodworking takes years and thousands of hours to become more than just a proficient at, but this invested that time to be a certifiable master. His name is Randall Rosenthal and he has talent that can result in mind-bending illusions. The project in the gallery below all started with three pieces of white pine he glued together. What he turned that block of wood into is so cool.

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He glued the pieces of pine together as a base.

Once the adhesive cured, he was ready to begin carving the block.
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It wasn’t uniform.

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Hmm….

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This is where the project began looking like the final project: a cardboard box.

By chipping away at the block of wood and hollowing out different sections, he was able to create the illusion that it was a box containing something.

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He spent hours carefully carving the sides to give the illusion of corrugated cardboard.

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The effect was incredible.

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He took a break from the hours of carving to begin adding paint to the piece.
He carefully painted what was to be inside of the box: stacks of money.

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Not only is Randall a gifted woodworker, but his painting skills are incredible as well

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After being painstakingly careful painting the bills and their details, he began slowly
adding color to the cardboard.

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Since “cardboard” isn’t something you can paint on in one sitting, he had to add
light, washed out layers over and over.

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Stunning.


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He was able to carve something with so much depth and texture out of a simple
block of wood.
The finished product, “Old Money,” is incredibly realistic.

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No matter how long I stare at this, I can’t be convinced that it’s NOT a box of money.

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A Japanese TV station interviewed Randall because of this incredible work.

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Old Money was such a hit, he is being commissioned to make a second box.

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The finished product, a real wood carving and a fake cardboard box, is an awesome illusion. No matter how long I stare at Old Money, it just looks like a cardboard box.

Source:  sawmillcreek.org