Artist Turned a Block of Wood Into a Box of Money

Things are not what they appear when it comes to Randall Rosenthal’s awesome art works. Below is an image that looks like a box full of money.

But wait, you’ve to look closer. It’s actually a block of wood that the artist painstakingly carved and painted with awesome details.

See for yourself.

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Randall Rosenthal

He started with these 3 pieces of white pine glued together as a base.

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He’s now ready to begin carving the block.

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We can now see the flaps of the box and the stacks inside.

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“I see it in my mind and rather than try and make a few big cuts I make a lot of little cuts… However, I do it fast,” Randall said.

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“One thing I do is make everything slightly larger than I really think it should be.”

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Later I will trim back and it will give it a look of complexity. It’s more about tenacity than anything else.

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The stacks fall out randomly the way they do and there is no short cut to an honest rendition of them.”

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Now it’s time to paint.

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The intricate details are incredible!

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“It’s hard to believe but the single greatest challenge for me is getting the cardboard right,” Randall said.

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“It’s not like you can buy a tube of cardboard paint. What I do now is put on light washes of color and kind of sneak up on it till I’m happy.”

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“No one would believe how many thin coats of paint this takes.”

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He finished all of the stacks of bills.

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The amazing Box of Money was such a hit, he’s being commissioned to make a second one.

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Here’s some of Randall’s other beautiful works.

Notepad with a sketch

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Comic books

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A wooden box with a piece of paper

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An envelope filled with cash

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Maps and travel documents

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Newspapers

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Notebooks with baseball cards

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A box of baseball cards

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A cutting board and a recipe book

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Credit: Randall Rosenthal via Sawmillcreek

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