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Wooden Puzzles

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.

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  1. Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze by Jean Claude Constantin

    Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze

    This one is double the fun. With two joined mazes it's double the puzzle. A double gear maze designed by Jean Claude Constantin you need to get two balls to get out of the maze. Learn More
    $54.55
  2. The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle by jean Claude Constantin

    The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle

    Stock Update 14/08/2019 - More stock to arrive later in the year. Updated 5th December 2019. It seems this puzzle is very delayed and we do not think we will have it from the manufacturer for another couple of weeks so probably not in time for Christmas. We're disappointed we cannot bring you this fantastic puzzle but unfortunately, the circumstances are outside our control.

    Can you slide the pieces so that the waiter can remove the tray from underneath the bottles? You won't be calling this puzzle a waiter's friend that's for sure!

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    $31.82

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  3. Jean Claude Constantin animal puzzle

    Constantin Animal packing puzzles

    The puzzle is to pack the animals back in their special shaped tray. You'll need very good spatial awareness skills to work out how to fit them in! Learn More
    $19.95
  4. Free Willy take apart puzzle

    Free Willy take apart puzzle

    You can clearly see the hole at the top where the ball bearing is meant to come out. But how to begin to get the ball bearing from the bottom to the top chamber of the wooden cage so it can come out that hole? Learn More
    $43.64
  5. Tough Measures ruler folding puzzle Recent Toys

    Tough Measures ruler folding puzzle

    Can you position the two rulers so they both fit perfectly on the grid together?  That old tradie saying 'measure twice cut once' doesn't cut it here... no cutting allowed!

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    $29.09
  6. Lock 250 puzzle lock

    Lock 250 puzzle lock by Jean Claude Constantin

    250 moves to open... that means another 250 moves to close again. And that's only if you get them all correct!

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    $59.09
  7. Double Trouble Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze puzzle

    Double Trouble double gear maze puzzle

    How to move the two gears in such a way that the two balls come out of the maze at the same time? Move one gear and you seem to be a step closer to the solution. But then you notice the other gear is moving the goal further away.  

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    $31.82
  8. Alles fur die Katz 9 piece cat packing puzzle

    Alles fur die Katz 9 piece cat packing puzzle

    Also known as the All For The Cat puzzle the object is to fit the 9 cats into the cat's head shaped tray. Learn More
    $31.82
  9. Schieblehre Sliding Block

    Schieblehre Sliding Block Maze

    Move the wooden tiles around inside the frame so that you can pilot the ball bearing through from the Start to the Finish position. You'll need to do all this under the perspex cover that prevents you from actually touching the tiles! Learn More
    $40.00
  10. Jean Claude Constantin Hidden Corridor from Recent Toys

    Hidden Corridor by Jean Claude Constantin

    You can't touch the ball in the maze. But by moving the wooden sliders this way and that you can move the ball through the hidden corridor and get it out.

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    $29.09

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There are almost 150 different wooden puzzles on our website, from the cheapest to the most expensive puzzles on the website, from the easiest to the hardest, across more than 20 different manufacturers.

Many different types of puzzle 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.

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