Mystery Box Contest Winner Announced

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Maarten Vanderstoel

The GeekDad blog and Epilog Laser congratulate Maarten Vanderstoel of Fort Worth, TX for his fantastic winning entry in our recently concluded Mystery Box Contest.

“Maarten’s entry really encompassed the theme of the Mystery Box Challenge,” said Mike Dean, director of sales and marketing for Epilog. “The entry was creative, unique and engaging on so many levels.”

“Everything on the box is hand-made,” Vanderstoel said. “The panels were purchased pre-routed but blank, and I stained and hand painted each one. All sides were sanded to look aged. The top of the box is a puzzle to be figured out. I made the spring loaded buttons by cutting dowels and attaching a spring, and everything was soldered to a bread board attached to one nine-volt battery.”

Vanderstoel, who runs a children’s art studio called Van Grow, with his wife Hanna, explained that a big reason he entered the contest was to encourage creativity and the love of mystery in others.

“The story JJ Abrams told of his grandfather’s encouragement of creativity made a huge impact on his life. That’s what we aim to do for kids here in Fort Worth – inspire creativity. For my box I wanted the element of interaction to inspire the imagination of what could be inside. “

While it took around a week to build the entire thing, Vanderstoel said he didn’t make the box for anyone in particular and keeps the content of the box under tight wraps.

“I actually made it just for the contest. However, if Mr. Abrams were interested …I would trade it for some LOST secrets,” he said.

Maarten wins a custom-engraved iPod Touch from Epilog.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

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