There is a secret inside this little guy. Shake it. There is something in there, but what? The maker will not disclose how he makes it. He is now over 90 years old, going on 98, and can only see out of one eye. Very limited at this time and he will not be making them for long. We asked him if he has any apprentices, who know how to make the paperweight too. He sighed and said, "Yes, but not as good as me."