In our hectic modern lives, there's no escape from constant connectivity and goal pursuit. The X-Y-Zen Garden demands concentration, giving you no choice but to focus on the here and now.
It consists of a wooden base, a custom wooden pulley system, brass tubing, and some brass hardware that all come together to make a manual machine that works like a classic Etch-A-Sketch using sand as the drawing medium.
This project was made mostly with hand tools, but I used a laser cutter to make the pulleys and some of the fussier parts because it's easier, but you could make this entire project in any basic wood shop. It took about 24 hours of total work to complete.