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3 Boxy wooden interlocking puzzle

Difficulty 4/5 The puzzle is to take apart the 6 pieces. Once apart you will…

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Cluebox – Escape Room in a Box

The Cluebox is part mechanical puzzle box, part escape room puzzle. A hybrid of the…

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Colourful Australian Map Wooden Puzzle

Colourful and fun. This raised puzzle of Australian States is an attractive educational tool that…

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Hexator 6 piece hard interlocking puzzle

Your challenge is to assemble the 6 pieces into the symmetrical cross shape. [...]Read More...

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Mini Golf maze puzzle

Will you be able to get a hole in one on this 4 hole mini…

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Mosaic Puzzle with 46 bright wooden pieces

Solid wooden puzzle. Bright coloured shapes. Larger format. A great way for kids to learn…

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Wooden plated burr 9 pieces

Disassemble this wooden interlocking burr puzzle, mess up the nine different pieces, then try to…

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Wooden Tangram with Cards

You must arrange the 7 pieces into shapes just by looking at their silhouette.  As…

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12 piece interlocking star burr

The puzzle is to assemble the 12 pieces into the interlocking star shape. [...]Read More...

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Double Sided wooden maze puzzle

Maybe more than twice as hard as a normal maze puzzle. This double sided maze…

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Soma Cube coloured wooden block puzzle

Soma Cube is not just for kids.  Adults love this one too!  The bright colours…

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2 & 2 Burr by Osanori Yamamoto

The puzzle is to assemble the 4 piece interlocking burr.  An interesting symmetrical shape made…

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Wooden Puzzles

Choose from over 140 different wooden puzzle designs online

Peter Friedrich Catel, a merchant in Berlin, decided to publish a mail order catalog of ‘mathematical and physical cabinet of arts’ in 1790. In that catalog there were many wooden puzzles. And more than 225 years later people are still being puzzled and perplexed by wooden puzzles and brainteasers.

Many different types of puzzles really lend themselves to being made in wood. Aesthetically people enjoy the feel and colours of wood, especially when some sort of sculptural element is used in making the puzzle. From early examples in Catel’s catalog of the Small Devil’s Hoof, to the very high level Bill Cutler burrs made here at Mr Puzzle, wood has been the medium of choice for many puzzle makers creating interlocking burr puzzles. And many kids have made the famous three piece knot puzzle in woodworking class at school.

Wood and rope brainteasers are another category often seen in wood where the puzzler usually has to remove a wooden ball, or a metal ring, from the rope tied in complicated ways through the wooden base. Often ending up with a very knotty problem!

Dissection puzzles are usually made of wood too. Whether than be 3D like the Soma Cube type puzzle or 2D like the Tangram puzzle there are many examples of these puzzles in wood.

And puzzle boxes too of course! Japanese puzzle boxes with their very fine marquetry type woodwork decoration have been amazing puzzlers for generations. But we’re also now seeing less elaborate and complicated wooden puzzle boxes from China coming to the market. Great new ideas born out of functional boxes used to store documents and valuables.

Puzzlemakers have been creating puzzles and brainteasers out of wood for hundreds of years. And puzzlers have been collecting and enjoying wooden puzzles for just as long and look like continuing to do so for a long time yet.