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String Octet (designed by Pit Khiam Goh) 13 different puzzles to solve, ships unassembled

I am not very good at this kind of puzzle! And I think I may have made it more difficult when I decided to make the lines looks more like a string. Because the lines were painted with a paint pen, I took the liberty of varying the pieces so that no two are alike in their appearance. However the paths taken are consistent and the solutions all the same. Each puzzle comes with 8 pieces for the path, a beginning and ending piece and two fillers for the empty spaces. Enclosed is a sheet showing the various starting and ending points, you must fill in the rest. I am also including a sealed envelope with the locations for the filler pieces as a hint. For the solutions, you will have to contact me. 4.375” x 3.625” x.75” (11.1cm x 9.2cm x 2cm)                            

LooZ Fit (designed by Laszlo Molnar) Ships unassembled

When Laszlo told me he was not designing any more of his 3x3 packing puzzles, I was a bit disappointed. Then he sent me this design and I knew he was still capable of torturing us with his clever designs. The puzzle consists of four pieces that must fit within a tray, in two layers. Once again, Laszlo has incorporated the unexpected. You may just stumble upon this solution, but I think it will take quite a bit of work to solve this one!  Each puzzle has a variety of Exotic and domestic species used for the pieces (8 in all, 2 each in the 4 pieces). Oil and wax finish. 5” x 5” x .75” (12.7cm x 12.7cm x 2cm)                            

Trilogy (designed by Tzy Hung Chein) Moves or or depending on the arrangement of the boards. Ships assembled

My friend Felix (Tzy Hung Chein) sent me this design and I knew immediately it was a winner. Not just for the fact that it was a great design, but it is in fact three great designs! This puzzle, consisting of 3 board and 3 burr pieces is actually 3 puzzles. There is a unique solution to each if you rearrange the order of the board pieces and they all look similar when solved. A three for one bargain. I made this puzzle out of all domestic woods to try and keep the cost down. Assembling all the puzzles in each of the intended solutions took the better part of 2 days. I anticipated this and wanted to avoid having to charge more. I think this one will get a good deal of playing time! Oil and wax finish. 3.375” x 3.375” x 2.75” (8.6cm x 8.6cm x 7cm)                            

Curly White Oak Pieces with Ash, Cherry and Holly boards.


Walnut Pieces with Ash, Cherry and Holly boards.


The left photo shows the three different board arrangements in a solved state. The right photo shows the six pieces of the puzzle. Both versions have the same woods used in the boards, the burr pieces are either Curly White Oak or Walnut.

Cherry tray (sides) Baltic birch plywood bottom and Maple slip feathers. Mixed woods in the pieces.


Mahogany tray (sides) Baltic birch bottom. English Sycamore puzzle pieces and Katalox filler pieces.


8 pieces plus 2 end pieces and 2 fillers fill the tray. 13 possible paths are provided on a sheet showing where to place the end pieces and you must fill in the rest.

Criss Cross (designed by Pit Khiam Goh) ships assembled

I must say that this is a wonderful design. It is one of very few puzzles that I have to refer to a solution to when assembling every puzzle. Usually after putting together several copies of a puzzle together, I can memorize the steps no matter how many there are. These pieces are all so subtly different that I wasn’t able to do it this time. My mind just doesn’t work like that. In Pit Khiam Goh’s instructions he explains “If we join 3 sticks in each of the 3 orthogonal directions so that not all 3 are mutually touching to form pieces, there are 8 distinct pieces.” The six pieces in this puzzle were chosen for their unique property of allowing only one solution. Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                               

Bolivian Rosewood


Mixed Exotics (each piece a different species)


Mixed Exotics (each piece 3 different species, 8-12 different woods in all)



Berlin (designed by Klaas Jan Damstra) ships assembled - Moves

Klaas Jan recently sent me several designs and although I wanted to make at least three for this update, I only managed to complete one. I particularly like this type of puzzle. I find them challenging but not impossible. This version is made from Panga Panga (which I thought should just be called Wenge), Sapele and Ash. Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 2.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 6.4cm)                            

Wenge, Sapele and Ash


Equilibrium (designed by Yavuz Demirhan ships assembled - Moves 4.2.2

I am always attracted to Yavuz’s designs. This one caught my eye and, even though it is not a particularly difficult puzzle, I thought it was worth making. Made from Padauk, Box Elder and some beautiful Plum wood, it is a nice challenge for the novice puzzle collector or someone like me, who always struggles to assemble this type! Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                            

Tres Jolie (designed by Yavuz Demirhan ships assembled - Moves 8.3.3

I thought I had made all of Yavuz’s designs that used a unique frame. Then I looked further and realized I overlooked this one. I always enjoy puzzles that have a very interesting frame in which to insert pieces. This one intrigued me because the three pieces to be inserted were identical and yet it still seemed challenging. I also took a departure from my usual high contrast woods for this one. I love the Black Limba against the Ipe frame. Not much contrast in color but significant contrast in weight! Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                            

Ipe frame and Black Limba Pieces


Box Elder, Plum and Padauk


Wheel Lock (designed by Tzy Hung Chein) Moves ships assembled

I knew that I was going to have to make this puzzle as a follow up to the very successful Dispersion that I made for the last update. This looks similar to the Dispersion but with a few more moves. The name also gives a slight hint to the eventual solution. I used Tambodi on these frames. I had never worked with this wood before. It is HARD and HEAVY, even the sapwood, which is cream colored is very hard and dense. Thats why I chose to use it for one of the versions. This wood was also very expensive. It has beautiful grain which can be seen in the close up below. Oil and wax finish. 3” x 3” x 2.125” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 5.4cm)                            

Tambodi, Plum and Mulberry


Triaxe (designed by Stéphane Chomine) Moves 24.2  ships assembled

I liked the look of this cage and it’s simplicity. I added the wenge corner cubes for decoration more than strength. Another design that is deceiving for the simplicity of the parts. No obstructions in the frame and the pieces have relative few.  As you can see by the number of moves, most of the solving is done with all three pieces within the frame. Oil and wax finish. 3” x 3” x 3” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 7.6cm)                            

Maple and Wenge Frame with Wenge pieces.


Chapel #1 (designed by Stéphane Chomine) Moves  ships assembled

I used three different woods on this design because I felt that you could probably use the help. I don’t think I have made a Board Burr yet with an initial 34 moves! At first glance I was worried about the 8 x 4 unit pieces and the gap that this creates within the puzzle, but the fit on these is very good. A really terrific design and believe it or not, I enjoyed making and assembling these. Even though I always had to refer to the solution. Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                            

Canarywood, Yellowheart and Redheart pieces.


2 Temps 3 Movements (designed by Gregory Benedetti) Moves ships assembled

Here is where you’ll find my cube entry for this month. While this has no rotations, it does require some pretty precise sliding of pieces. And the order of moves can actually be a bit different with one piece removable at different times. Satin lacquer and wax finish. 2.25” x 2.25” x 2.25” (5.7cm x 5.7cm x 5.7cm)                            

Leopardwood, Katalox, Ipe, Olive Ash, Yellowheart and Holly


Havannas-1 (designed by Alfons Eyckmans) Moves  ships assembled

Not your typical Alfons design, with an extremely high level. This design fit nicely with the 4 in Frame seen below and the BurrBox 1 from last month. With the obstructions in the long box, you will have to do a bit of back and forth maneuvering to free all the pieces. Lacquer and wax finish. 3.625” x 2.5” x 1.375” (9.2cm x 6.4cm x 3.6cm)                            

Box Elder and Redheart


4 in Frame (designed by Stéphane Chomine) Moves  ships assembled

So sorry for having the wrong description here. After making Tom Jolly’s BurrBox last month I had to move on to this gem. I really enjoyed making Tom’s and these were fun too. With a higher level than the Burrbox, they should give you a real challenge. If you mistakingly purchased this thinking it was the Havannas-2, please let me know and I will issue you a refund . 2.25” x 2” x 2” (5.7cm x 5.1cm x 5.1cm)                            

Olive Ash box & Kingwood pcs


C-Cube (designed by Yavuz Demirhan) Moves 10.2.2  ships assembled

Since I had previously made Yavuz’s T-Cube and L-Cube, I had to complete the set and make the C-Cube. Although I think this may be the easiest of the three, I think it will still give you struggle. I was not able to memorize the moves in assembling these, however that may be due to the smaller size of this run. Only 13 were made. All of the edges of the frame have been rounded over to give a nice soft feel in your hands. The Zebrawood I used had an unusually soft grain pattern. Not the high contrast stripes that you normally see. So I thought the softer side would suit this wood well. Oil and wax finish. 2.5” x 2.5” x 2.5” (6.4cm x 6.4cm x 6.4cm)                            

Zebrawood and Holly box & Wenge pcs


Colonel’s Bouquet (designed by George Sicherman)  ships unassembled

Straight from the IPP37 design contest is this very clever puzzle. The four hexacubes can combine in any pair to make a symmetrical shape, each with a unique solution. Then you can take all four pieces and make the block shown below. Again with a unique solution. Wood choices are listed below. 2.25” x 1.625” x 1.125” (5.7cm x 4.1cm x 2.8cm) solved as block                            






Y6BB #3 (designed by Yavuz Demirhan) Moves  ships assembled

Last month I had another of Yavuz’s y6BB puzzles available and I had a lot of requests for more. I think this might be one of the easier ones, making it a good introduction to board burrs. Now that is just my opinion, and remember I am looking at the solution throughout the entire production and assembly process. So take that opinion for what it’s worth, maybe nothing. As you may know, I love Board Burrs and I am always going to try and have one in every update. Thanks to my prolific friend Yavuz!  3” x 3” x 3” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 7.6cm)                            

Granadillo, Canarywood & Yellowheart


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