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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.

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  1. Star wooden burr puzzle

    Twelve Points to Insanity

    The puzzle is to build the 12 pointed star from the six identical pieces. Learn More
    $18.18
  2. Truncated Cube wooden burr puzzle

    Diamond Truncated Cube

    Take the puzzle apart. Be brave. Or throw caution to the wind? Really mess up the 12 pieces. Then try to assemble the Diamond Cube again. Learn More
    $9.09
  3. Beer barrel puzzle

    Wine Barrel interlocking burr puzzle

    The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 12 piece wine barrel puzzle. A pretty hard puzzle if you've not done it before. Or if you've had too many wines! Learn More
    $13.64
  4. Pandoras Box framed burr

    Pandora's Box interlocking framed burr

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

    This is the same design as the Sold Out version of the puzzle made here at Mr Puzzle back between 1996-2005. Although this puzzle was not made by us and is a little loose in the fit it still gives you the opportunity to experience what a brilliant puzzle this design is.

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    $12.27
  5. Set of 3 different multiple move interlocking puzzles

    Set of 3 wooden multiple move interlocking puzzles - all different

    Discounted set of 3 different complex wooden pack in wooden box puzzles. The pieces interlock and the boxes have obstructions glued inside them so they act just like another piece in the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27
  6. 4 Blocks in a Cube wooden interlocking puzzle

    4 Blocks in a Cube wooden interlocking puzzle

    There are 12 sequential moves to remove the pieces from the wooden cube box. This is a very high level 3D interlocking packing puzzle. Learn More
    $10.91
  7. Awful Eiffel 8 piece interlocking burr for IPP37

    Awful Eiffel 8 piece interlocking burr for IPP37

    The puzzle is to disassembled and reassemble the 8 piece interlocking burr designed for IPP in Paris by Junichi Yananose.

    Photo: Its very difficult to photograph a totally clear acrylic puzzle so I added a darker background so you can really see how gorgeous this puzzle is!

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    $27.27
  8. Double Image interlocked burr

    Double Image interlocked burr

    This is NOT an impossible object. With the correct sequence of 24 moves this interlocking burr can be disassembled. Two sets of 4 piece burrs interlocked together that make it appear as though you're seeing double! Photo: Its very difficult to photograph a totally clear acrylic puzzle so I added a darker background so you can really see how gorgeous this puzzle is! Learn More
    $25.00
  9. Holey 6 Board Burr II

    Holey 6 Board Burr II

    Unique solution board burr by Junichi Yananose at Mr Puzzle with 2483 false assemblies. Learn More
    $25.00
  10. Slanted Double Cross three piece interlocking burr puzzle

    Slanted Double Cross three piece interlocking burr puzzle

    The puzzle is to disassemble the puzzle, mess up the pieces, then try to reassemble them into the three way cross shape. With the slanted cut even more seasoned puzzlers will find this one surprisingly trickier than the standard version. Learn More
    $9.09

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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?

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.

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!

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