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From chairs and benches to chests and tables, these modestly elegant objects are crafted with a subtle secondary purpose – each one can be tapped, slapped, pounded or hit to create a series of carefully-planned sounds.

Tom Clausen makes his interactive musical furniture out of his warehouse studio in Portland, Oregon.

He shapes everything from simple instruments to complex objects that have appeared in childhood learning centers, science museums, parks and homes around the country since he started adding acoustics to his craft two decades ago.