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Hand assembled, finger jointed nested cube with the computational ornamentation of space packing circles.

This monolithic cube is composed of seventeen layers of nested holey cubes, carefully designed to fit with precision. The cubes go almost all the way to the center, where is there is a small void. Trapped in the void are three Herkimer diamonds. This cube is one of a kind.

All pieces of this cube were cut from the same sheet of hand selected 1/16” solid red oak hardwood. The wood is a pale red color, with few intermittent dark grain highlights. The interior cuts of the circles reveal a dark red color.

I hand assembled this object, starting with a tiny cube, building it up one layer at a time. The precision tooth geometry of each face of the cube is computed given the desired cube size and properties of the material being used. They literally snap together.

A minimal amount of water soluble glue is applied to strengthen the construction.

The exterior of this cube is delicately hand sanded to a fine finish. I take great effort to remove all laser cutting residue, exposing the full beauty of the wood grain. The wood is left raw. No chemical treatments of any kind are used.

This object has a substantial feel in the hand. The density is somewhere between solid and hollow, which is an unusual feeling in the hand.

The generative circle pattern is simple but intriguing. Small circles are instantiated and randomly positioned. They grow until just bumping into another circle or the face edge. This process continues for each face until there is no longer room for more circles.

I wrote the computer program that generates these patterns. I am the sole operator in the studio and personally create each object, from material selection to lasers & smoke to fine finishing. I’ll even be packaging this order with my personal thanks.

★ Size and Specifications
1 cube
Side Length*
2.2" (56mm)
2 1/8 oz (61 grams)

*Please take note of these dimensions! High resolution macro photos, like the ones presented in this listing, almost always make an object look larger than it is.

Cube sets in other materials, sizes, and configurations are available in my shop.
Jared Tarbell

Nested Holey Cube in Red Oak


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, oak, herkimerdiamonds, code
  • Ships worldwide from New Mexico, United States
  • Feedback: 20 reviews
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