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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.

Bodo (Designed by Tamas Vanyo) ships assembled

This is a great design from Tamas. Rather large, this has a nice little touch added to the top of the 4 pieces. A laminate gives the top of the 4 pieces a banded look and it really sets it off nicely. Also, a real challenge to remove and replace the four piece inside the frame with the sliding internal piece! Good Luck.

Lacquer and wax finish. 2.375” x 2.375” x 2.375” (6.0cm x 6.0cm x 6.0cm)


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)                               

Black Limba and Holly (tips).


Bolivian Rosewood


Mixed Exotics (each piece a different species)


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


Blue Planks (designed by Jos Bergmans) ships assembled

I have made several of this style of puzzle by Gregory earlier. This one “Blue Planks should be made with “Blue Planks” as I did with Red Planks and Brown Planks. However, I am out of Blue wood! So I used everything but! Some nice Holly, Katalox and Padauk were used. While fairly easy to disassemble, it is a real chore to reassemble. Oil and wax finish. 2.5” x 2.5” x 2.5” (6.4cm x 6.4cm x 6.4cm)                            

Padauk and Holly


Tourelle (designed by Yavuz Demirhan) ships unassembled Moves

I have made this puzzle n the past. But several requests from customers made me revisit this one. This version is smaller than my previous one. Just get the 7 pieces into the unusual frame.  I also want to note that Yavuz has graciously asked that his royalty go to my cancer fund. Thank you Yavuz!!! Lacquer and wax finish. 2.125” x 1.25” x 4.375” (5.4cm x 3.6cm x 11.1cm)                            

Canarywood Frame and Padauk Pieces


BDSM (designed by Laszlo Molnar) ships unassembled

Here are a few more copies of Laszlo’s great design “BDSM” With the same  simple objective of fitting the pieces into the box, he has found another way to torture us! The box is open on both sides with a large triangular hole. Just get all the pieces inside to form a cube, simple right? Wrong! Last copy available.  Oil and wax finish. 2.75” x 2.75” x 2.75” (7cm x 7cm x 7cm)                            

Canarywood and Walnut box with Katalox pieces



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)                            

Castor 3 (designed by Yavuz Demirhan) ships assembled - Moves

Simple right! I often just overlook what seems to be a rather ordinary design. Then I take a second look and see that there is much more to this little guy. Yellowheart, Cocobolo and Eucalyptus make up this little challenge. It is not the most difficult puzzle on this update but it will still surprise you, I think.  Oil and wax finish. 2.5” x 2.5” x 3” (6.4cm x 6.4cm x 7.6cm)                            

Eucalyptus, Yellowheart and Cocobolo


Ipe frame and Black Limba Pieces


Box Elder, Plum and Padauk


Dispersion (designed by Tzy Hung Chein) Moves ships assembled

My friend Tzy Hung Chein has some wonderful designs that I was looking through. When I saw this design, I not only knew I wanted to make it but I knew exactly what woods I was going to use! The frame is redheart with Box Elder and Ziricote pieces. Similar to the Wheel Lock listed on the new puzzles page this is a real challenge. These were very time consuming to make. Oil and wax finish. 3” x 3” x 2.125” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 5.4cm)                               

Redheart, Box Elder and Ziricote


Katalox and Padauk