I had the idea for this nesting toy last summer when I was recording the sound of the big band saw by cutting scraps of wood. In thinking through the shapes for this toy, I realized one problem was going to be thin pieces of wood running perpendicular to the grain making the piece very fragile. I solved this by sandwiching three pieces of wood together: a piece of purple heart between two pieces of walnut with an alternating grain pattern like plywood. I made a finger jointed wood box to hold the three sections of the toy.