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


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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.


Made in Missouri

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Jayne Riew and Artificer Wood Works for the Uncommon Collection

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Jayne Riew and Artificer Wood Works for the Uncommon Collection



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 $9/hr., which falls within 10% of Jefferson County's living wage.

- Local (Missouri State) minimum wage: $7.65
- Federal minimum wage: $7.25
- Living wage of Jefferson County: $9.94

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.


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
8.25" H x 10.25" W x .75" D
Includes approx 4 oz. of sand
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