There are 12 pieces to interlock and assemble to make this truncated cube.
Throw caution to the wind and mix them all up as you take it apart and challenge yourself to put it back together again.
Puzzlers call it a Burr Puzzle; a specific type of construction puzzle or interlocking puzzle. The mechanical puzzle type called a burr is thought to have come from the finished shape of these puzzles resembling a seed burr. The term was first used in Edwin Wyatt’s woodworking book in 1928 and this exact puzzle can be seen in the 1937 Johnson Smith Catalogue under Imported Wooden puzzles, made in Japan, selling for 25c.
At the heart of a burr puzzle are a number of interlocked wooden rods with notches cut out of them. The rods intertwine to fill the centre of the puzzle. A six-piece cross is probably the most common of these types of puzzles but once that was invented it didn’t take long for other pieces to be added to form other more complex and solid shapes like this truncated cube. This is slightly different from a normal burr puzzle which will often have a single piece that slides out first.
The puzzle is made from Monkey Pod (also called Suar wood). It’s often mistaken for teak or acacia but it’s from a tree that grows in a plantation which makes it very environmentally friendly.
Size: 58mm x 58mm x 58mm
The puzzle comes shrink-wrapped with a solution inside.