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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. Wausau '83 14 piece burr

    Wausau '83 14 piece burr

    The object of the puzzle is to disassemble the 14 piece rectilinear burr. Then you'll have the challenge of putting it back together again! Learn More
    $72.73
  2. Soma cube wooden puzzle

    Restricted Soma designed by Martin Watson

    The goal is to remove the pieces and reassemble the Soma Cube inside the Restricted opening box. Learn More
    $40.91
  3. Tower of Hanoi puzzle

    Tower of Hanoi puzzle

    Learn the pattern and you'll soon be able to master transferring the stack of 9 disks from one rod to another. Learn More
    $13.64
  4. Karakuri small puzzle box #5

    Karakuri small puzzle box #5

    First this puzzle box has a very obvious separate base. Second, when you rattle it you can hear an object rolling around inside. No force is required, no tapping, or hitting the puzzle, none what so ever. So how to open it?

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    $62.73
  5. The Karst Phenomenon cube puzzle

    The Karst Phenomenon cube take apart puzzle

    The puzzle is to try to separate the two halves of the cube. It might come apart by accident if you play with it long enough but it will be very difficult to learn this puzzle by heart. Learn More
    $45.41
  6. Karakuri Checkered Cube Puzzle Box

    Karakuri Checkered Cube Puzzle Box

    Each of the four puzzle boxes in this series has different mechanisms and can be distinguished by different checkered patterns.

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    $63.64
  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. 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
  9. Don't Get Cross wooden cross puzzle

    Don't Get Cross take apart puzzle

    The object is to remove the ring.... without bending it out of shape. Some lateral thinking involved to solve this one! Learn More
    $18.14
  10. Multigrain burr Stewart Coffin design STC 275-AS

    Multigrain burr Stewart Coffin design STC 275-AS

    Take the puzzle apart; mix up the pieces; then if you want a real challenge, wait some time (go for a walk around the block or something....) then try to put the 4 pieces back together again in this symmetrical pyramid shape. Learn More
    $60.00

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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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