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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. 6 piece wooden star puzzle

    6 piece wooden Star puzzle

    The puzzle is to build the cluster like 12 pointed star from the 6 identical pieces of this wooden interlocking puzzle. Learn More
    $5.91
  2. Chrystal 33 piece wooden burr

    Chrystal 33 piece wooden burr

    Assembled the 33 pieces to make an interlocking symmetrical, multifaceted structure with a solid core. Learn More
    $8.18
  3. Double ball wood and rope disentanglement puzzle with black base

    Double ball wood and rope disentanglement puzzle with black base

    The puzzle is to get the beads on the same loop, on the same side of the wood. Learn More
    $10.91
  4. Cube AC wood cube puzzle by Vinco

    Cube AC wood cube puzzle

    There are twelve very odd shaped pieces to make this wooden cube. The cube will pack exactly inside the wooden box. An incredibly difficult puzzle to get together. Learn More
    $20.91
  5. Diagra wooden cube puzzle

    Diagra wood cube puzzle

    Diagra - "The puzzle that keeps you up all night" The goal is to make a cube, and the other nine shapes, from the 8 pieces of the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27
  6. Mystery Wooden Puzzle Box - large three step

    Mystery Wooden Puzzle Box - large three step

    The object is to try to open the three stage puzzle box. Learn More
    $9.55
  7. 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
  8. OMPIC wooden cube Cherry

    OMPIC 4 piece frame packing puzzle

    OMPIC stands for "One Minute Puzzle in Cage". One minute? A pretty optimistic time to do the puzzle in! Learn More
    $34.55
  9. Insoma wooden burr puzzle  Rhombic Dodecahedron

    Insoma wooden burr puzzle

    Two of the most popular puzzles ever made and sold in the world have been used to make this unique puzzle. We've now given the original version of the Insoma a facelift and pointed it differently to end up with this Rhombic Dodecahedron shape. Learn More
    $109.09
  10. 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

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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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