Meditation Box

Create a calming oasis with this box filled with fine grains of sand that shift with your every inspiration.
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Uncommon Collection

$85.00

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Lines In The Sand

Take a moment to breathe and reflect. Using the transitory nature of sand to stir the imagination, this simple birch wood box becomes an oasis for reflection, hidden thoughts, and creative yearnings. Artist Jayne Riew designed this compact, tablet-sized meditation box for artists, writers, and other creative professionals with lots of mental traffic. Filled with fine grains of sand that shift and swirl with your emotions, the ever changing canvas takes away the pressure of filling a blank page and lets the mind just wander. A soft velvet layer lines the base, creating a soothing sensation as the stylus makes its mark. Made in High Ridge, Missouri.

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Made in Missouri

Exclusively for UncommonGoods

Jayne Riew and Artificer Wood Works for the Uncommon Collection

created by

Jayne Riew and Artificer Wood Works for the Uncommon Collection

location

Missouri

The Meditation Box was designed by Jayne Riew and produced by Artificer Wood Works.

Jayne Riew makes books and boxes designed to promote introspection or documentation, or to help identify the unspoken or unexpressed. When it comes to toxic emotions in particular, acknowledging unwanted thoughts is hard enough. Having a personal space with a lid or cover such as the Meditation Box can invite the practice of expressing such thoughts and emotions.

Since their founding in 2011, Artificer Wood Works has been a company of creative thinkers and makers, blending an innovative spirit with the nostalgia of artisanal craftsmanship to handcraft unique and clever products. Their journey began when the search for a unique wedding gift inspired them to create Wine for a Wedding—a unique wine box designed to celebrate future anniversaries. Since then, the size and capabilities of their wood shop has grown significantly, allowing them to explore new creations.

Each item in the Uncommon Collection meets five important standards. Here's how Meditation Box qualified for the Collection:

Original Design

Originally designed by Jayne Riew for her friend, author Susan Cain, who had trouble "unplugging" at the end of the day, the Meditation Box embraces the impermanence of thoughts and words, defining a desktop space to let them flow through meditative, creative writing using simple materials that can be utilized again and again. With a playful nod to Susan's omnipresent computer, the form of the box and its lid is laptop-like. Inside, the transitory and forgiving nature of writing lines in sand encourages free expression in a way that blank paper cannot. The lid offers an inspiring quotation and protects the workspace, while the stylus fits into the box for a convenient, self-contained design.

Responsible Business Practices

mission statement

"To blend an innovative spirit with the nostalgia of artisan craftsmanship; to handcraft unique and clever products."


fair wage

Artificer Wood Works pays employees a starting wage of $14/hr., which exceeds Jefferson County's living wage.

- Local (Missouri State) minimum wage: $7.70
- Federal minimum wage: $7.25
- Living wage of Jefferson County: $10.26


paid time off

All full-time employees receive 2 weeks vacation and 1 week personal/sick leave per year, as well as having a flexible working schedule. PTO varies by employee. Some are salaried and receive 5 personal days and 10 vacation days that start immediately. Some employees desire and require a more flexible schedule and have chosen to be paid hourly, which does not include PTO.


recycling primary/secondary materials

Their wood waste is reduced and recycled in multiple ways: reducing waste by utilizing scraps in unique and creative ways; donating wood shavings to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation clinic to be used as animal bedding; donating other wood waste to Hoppiness farms to be recycled into BioChar for soil conditioning—a carbon negative process. They also recycle their general waste and take any empty hazardous containers (from paint or stain) to their county's environmental services location where it is disposed of properly.


charitable giving

Along with their wood and some box donations for charity auctions, Artificer Wood Works also donates the funds necessary to plant a tree for every item they sell. Since their founding in 2011, they've been donating annually to the nonprofit organization Trees for the Future, helping to plant thousands of trees. Trees for the Future is dedicated to planting trees with rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.


Environmentally Friendly Materials

Birch plywood, white sugar silica sand (natural source materials), and velvet.

Resourceful Packaging

The Meditation Box is packed in a partially recycled and fully recyclable/compostable box and partially recycled and fully recyclable/compostable kraft paper.

Exclusivity

There's one place—and only one place—where you'll find the Meditation Box: UncommonGoods.

Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
velvet, white sugar silica sand, Birch plywood
Measurements
8.25" H x 10.25" W x .75" D
Notes
Includes approx 4 oz. of sand
Item ID
22287

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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UncommonGoodsMeditation Box
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

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    (32)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

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Best Uses

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (50)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mom loved it!

My wife and I bought this for my Mom for Mother's day. She is recovering in a nursing home Physical Therapy) from major back surgery. She really did like the Meditation Box. We...Read complete review

My wife and I bought this for my Mom for Mother's day. She is recovering in a nursing home Physical Therapy) from major back surgery. She really did like the Meditation Box. We did not open the sand yet as we will wait for her to get back home.

It's such a simple, personal yet thoughtful gift to give someone. It's different, it's personal and it makes you stop just for a second to think. Sometimes that's all you need is a second.

Thanks for your site and for the unique gifts that you carry. We will be back.

Thank You!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not enough sand to utilize this product

Great idea but not useful

Great idea but not useful

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5.0

She loved it!

By 

from Alabama

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

I picked this out because it spoke to me as something my b'loved would really like and she said it was "beautiful and thoughtful".

Well worth it!

Service and delivery comments:

It came on time.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

A unique gift.

By 

from GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

I bought this for my Mother's birthday and she loved it. It's a unique gift for someone that is difficult to buy gifts for and has everything.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
4.0

Lovely

By 

from Sterling, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

I think it's very soothing to play with, but it's not an Etch-a-Sketch. The sand wants to fill back in and you don't get a good, black, background without going over your lines multiple times. But who cares? There is enough sand to get some good texture, and not so much that it's too deep to draw in.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

I would by the product again

By 

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

As a meditation box!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bought for the man who has everything

By 

from Palisades Park, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

This was for my friend's 70th bday. He is studying Buddhism and this was a perfect gift... he literally has everything.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes, Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Early Christmas Buyer

By 

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great to either "encourage"/reward meditator
  • Insightful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily reflection & gratitude

    Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

    Much larger than I anticipated from the online data/pictures, albeit I didn't check the dimensions when ordering. It is too early to know if the recipient will appreciate and use the product. Great gift for the mindful friend, acquaintance and/or client.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent gift that keeps giving

    By 

    from St. Petersburg, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

    Great gift that allows one to transfer a daily message or meditation.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Very good delivery

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not enough sand to utilize this product

    By 

    from Atlanta Ga

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

    Great idea but not useful

     
    5.0

    Meditation Box

    By 

    from Ohio

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to store

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Great for journaling

      Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

      Very nice quality.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So glad I found this very special gift

      By 

      from Golden City, Missouri

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about UncommonGoods Meditation Box:

      This was purchased as a gift for a dear friend experiencing health problems. I couldn't seem to find anything appropriate until I located this meditation box. It's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, with very smoothly finished wood (loved running my fingers over the cover), and just the right size. I like that there is a groove in which to place the lid so it will stand up and the nice message there is visible. The gift has not been opened, so I can't share the recipient's reaction. If it were mine, I'd find it very therapeutic to be able to write some of my less positive thoughts and concerns in the soft white sand and be able to symbolically wipe them away and be done with them.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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