The King and Queen of the Forest
On one of my trips in search of wood with a story I ended up at the Haagse Stadszagerij, an initiative of 3 furniture makers from The Hague (unfortunately the initiative has now been discontinued). In a yard just outside the city they sawn trees from The Hague that had fallen in the city due to storm, illness or work, into planks and dried.
There I found wooden planks of a Beech from Wassenaar from Landgoed De Horsten and Eik from Het Haagse Bos a few years ago.. Coincidentally two places where the Royal Family has lived and still lives. Coincidentally, the Oak is also called 'The King of the forest', and the Beech 'The Queen of the forest'. That's how the idea came to me to give them a music box in which the wood of both trees is processed.
To the Palace Garden and the Marechaussee
Recently the time had come and I went to the palace, with a sealed box, in which 4 music boxes, because a colleague in the workshop pointed out to me that the princesses grow up, leave the nest and fly out, and then it is nice if they have their own box. Good idea!
Of course a handwritten letter in the package in chivalrous style as befits Robin Wood, ‘which they need not fear as long as the King and his family are kind to the land and share wealth and prosperity with the people they serve... "
I understood that it is better to go to Noordeinde Palace in the middle of The Hague if you have a letter or package for the King. No entrance or any sign of life to be seen at the front of the palace, so just look for another entrance, on the side I was shown the way by two military police men to the palace garden at the back where there is an entrance.
Truly a palace garden that appeals to the imagination. To the left are the stables and country estates for the horses, beautiful old trees, and along the palace blooming lavender and rose bushes.
And so I ended up in the office of the Marechaussee who listened with interest to my story and looked surprised when I told them that the music boxes are made of two trees from the king's own garden! "We've never experienced anything like this!" ('usually people come during birthdays with chocolate and flowers')
They would immediately take it to the doorman who can scan it for dangerous content (after all, you never know with Robin, whose relationship with the king is a bit delicate…) But then hopefully it will get to them soon. (This was on July 15, 2021. I added the letter I received back a few weeks later)
Wood Sage Toys
Then to 'Houtsage Toys', a wooden toy shop in the Molenstraat that literally borders the palace garden and wherever the music boxes are sold. Caspar pointed out a stone gate next to the shop with an alley between the houses that leads directly to the palace garden.
Every now and then he sees Rutte walking past who then takes this back entrance to the palace and once the king suddenly walked past, just to Het Torentje or to get an ice cream. Both walked past with no visible security or fuss, small country charm.
The scene of life
Life is like a play in which everyone plays their part, and often multiple roles, one of my roles is Robin Wood, and in that capacity I wrote the Royal family a letter, but outside of all roles we are essentially each other's equal and 1 family as humanity.
However, there seems to be an influence on humanity who, now more than ever, tries to play us off against each other, so that we come to experience each other as hostile and isolate ourselves as individuals and groups from other groups or individuals and then start fighting them. However, you then fight against phantoms because if you look deeper you recognize a brother or sister in every person regardless of race, religion etc, and you see the childlike simplicity and purity, even though this is often buried under everything that is opposite.
Pure simplicity of music boxes
And here we come to the magic of music boxes, they remind us of that pure simplicity that we really are. That discrepancy between our being and the personality can even be found in the word 'person' which comes from 'persona' = per sona = per sonar = sound through!
This has its origin in the Greek & Renaissance era, in which actors often played several roles on stage during 1 performance and they used different masks to support this visually, such as the costumes on stage today. But through the mask there was always the same voice of the actor, who only changed roles every time.
In this way you can also look at human life on the world stage, which often plays many characters but is essentially not. But what is man in essence? Aaah, here we come to the great life question that has occupied humanity for infinitely long, perhaps the current crisis (= a turning point) will bring us back to the simplicity of Being what we essentially are, with or without a mask! Because in itself there is nothing wrong with a mask. Just look at the music box, the box is the shape, the sound box, through which the melody sounds.
Give yourself a Royal music box as a gift
These music boxes are part of a series. They are also for sale in the webshop. Buy a Royal music box and give it to your Prince or Princess, King or Queen! view the boxes here [SOLD OUT NOW. IN AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 I WILL MAKE I LAST SERIES OF THE SMALL OR THE LARGE BOXES]
From about August 15 also for sale in The Hague at Houtsage Toys in the Molenstraat and at Lelijveld & Van Gaalen on the Denneweg. See Points of Sale For more information.
Huis Ten Bosch Palace, located in the Haagse Bos, where coincidentally also a children's play forest is called Robin Hood!!
A few weeks later I received a dignified letter of thanks for the music boxes from the palace: