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Full set of 6 metal puzzles. All packaged separately.

The full set of 6 different interlocking aluminium puzzles gives you the best discount. Each…

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Hex Sticks burr – 12 piece interlocking puzzle

The puzzle is to try to interlock the 12 hexagonal sticks to make the symmetrical…

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Holey 6 Board Burr II

A fantastic burr puzzle that we sell disassembled to insure the difficulty level of 10/10…

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Interlocking 12 piece Circle Burr

The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 12 piece interlocking burr to make a…

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Interlocking 9 piece Flower Burr

The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 9 piece interlocking burr to make flower…

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Molecule wooden brainteaser

Whether you know it as the Molecule puzzle, the Planet, the Atomic or the Atom…

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Pandora’s Box interlocking framed burr

The puzzle is to remove the four interlocking pieces from inside the Pandora's Box. This…

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Set of 2 Nova Plexus. Limited Edition Stainless Steel & Brass version.

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Set of 3 metal interlocking puzzles.

The set of the 3 different interlocking aluminium puzzles released by Zoyo in 2019 gives…

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Set of 3 metal interlocking puzzles.

The set of all 3 different interlocking aluminium puzzles gives you three very different puzzles…

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Set of 3 wooden multiple move interlocking puzzles – all different

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Spiny Burr – 9 piece wooden puzzle

The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 9 piece interlocking burr to make the…

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Jerry Slocum & Jack Botermans’ research published in 2007 in “Het Ultieme Puzzleboek” tells us that the earliest verified evidence of interlocking burrs actually being sold is Peter Friedrich Catel’s catalog of puzzles dated 1785 which showed 6 & 24 piece burrs being sold in Berlin. However, they also report unverified stories of a 6 piece burr invented in China by Lu Ban sou as early as the 7th century B.C.

The puzzles in this category have generally been mass produced but that does not mean the designs are any less interesting or less challenging. In fact some of the best puzzle designers in the world are represented in this category.

Read more about burr puzzles at Wikipedia.

The true origin of the BURR type mechanical puzzle is not really known but it is thought that the term refers to the finished shape of the basic burr puzzle looking like a seed burr. 

Basic burr puzzles are sometimes called the Knot or the Chinese Cross, and identified by a lot of people as Chinese, is not really Chinese at all.  Well, it might be, just that no-one really knows for sure.

Some historians believe the first burrs came about from Chinese joinery from about the 4th century BC. The technique the woodworkers used for making the corner connections in buildings has definite similarities to a standard burr puzzle although no documentary evidence of making a puzzle for recreation exists.

It is known for sure that it’s one of the oldest mechanical puzzles in the world. The first documentation of the puzzle is not a physical puzzle but a depiction in the 1698 engraving by Sébastien Leclerc’s called L’Académie des sciences et des beaux-arts. But probably there had to have been a physical puzzle made for that artwork to be taken from; possibly from China? Nobody knows for sure.

But I bet you never really associated Lithuania with burr puzzles. But that country’s oldest known toys were made of wood. The most favourite toys were wooden puzzles, including burrs. Lithuania celebrated that history by featuring a wooden interlocking burr puzzle on the 2015 Lithuanian issue of the Europa stamp.

The first known use of the word BURR for this type of interlocked knot or cross was by an American Metagrobologist, Edwin Wyatt, who featured some of these interlocking knot puzzles in his book “Puzzles in Wood” published in 1928.  They reminded Wyatt of the Bur (or Burr) seed and so he used the term to describe them in his book and its still used now.

Nowadays many interlocking burrs are designed in a fantastic open-source program called BurrTools. Andreas Rover began designing the program back in 2009 as a way of solving and testing solutions for puzzles and now many puzzles would freely admit they could not live without it. Thanks, Andreas!