Update is Monday, April 5th at 3pm EST (UTC -5)
ResQ / Visitor Q Delay
Design improvements and prototyping have further delayed our version of Boucher's excellent Visitor Q puzzle. Following input from the Mechanical Puzzle Discord we have renamed the puzzle to "ResQ." Final prototyping is underway, and we feel confident it will be released next month. The enhanced design is very complex, and I'm excited to see how it's received.
April Fundraiser Auction
We are relocating to a larger workshop soon, and the move will be expensive. In order to fund this expansion Eric is auctioning some of his personal collection on the Marketplace. This week-long event will begin at the same time as this month's release.
May Update Preview
Our next update will be Monday, May 3rd. Our goals for that update include:
- ResQ sequential discovery puzzle by Frederic Boucher and Eric Fuller
- Grooved Three Piece Board Burr by Kouki Kusumi
- 3/4/5 Cubes and Surround assembly puzzles by Kohno Ichiro
Change to Upcoming Page
We have removed the list of "Upcoming" work from the Production and Release Schedule page. While I want to give as much notice as possible, many items have been "upcoming" far too long.
Our production capacity is limited and our plans often change at the last minute if I discover a new design I'm more excited about producing. Remaining open to new ideas and focusing on those we're most excited about allows us to do our best work.
Given that, the "Upcoming" list had become a page of broken promises, creating disappointment among our customers and stifling our creative output. Removing the list resolves those issues neatly.
Improved Info and FAQ Sections
We have been working on better organization of the Info and FAQ sections of the site. Work remains underway, with a second round of revisions coming soon. I've been very excited about the results and wanted to share our progress to date. The new Info page can be found here.
April Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Jeff Diuguid for winning our April 2021 giveaway! Jeff scored a free copy of the Slideways Interlocking Puzzle by Ray Stanton & Akio Yamamoto.
Every month we choose a random member of our newsletter to receive a free puzzle. If you'd like to join, just drop your email address in the box on the lower right of any page on the site.
This month's sticker was designed by our in-house creative genius Kenny Wical. I told Kenny I wanted unicorns and sharks with laser beams. He delivered!
Important Note - Care, Storage and Display
Our work is handcrafted to very precise tolerances and must be kept within the range of 40-60% relative humidity at all times. Failure to do so may cause inoperability or permanent damage.
Now, on to the Puzzles....
|MATERIAL:||Zebrawood Basket, Bloodwood, Figured Birch, Jatoba Cubes|
|SIZE:||2.2" x 2.2" x 2.778"|
Akaki's Picnic is a wonderfully creative Packing Puzzle. The goal is to pack each 3x3 cube into the Picnic Basket so that all pieces are flush. Assembling the cubes outside the basket is trivial; the challenge comes when you try to fill the container. The handle of the basket blocks your progress, causing you to analyze the situation and think outside the box.
Akaki also 3D prints this puzzle, and we collaborated so that the pieces interchange with our release. Collectors can order individual cubes from his Etsy shop and solve them using our wood basket.
|DESIGNER:||Ray Stanton and Akio Yamamoto|
|MATERIAL:||Premium Canarywood or Paduak, Yellowheart, Purpleheart|
|PRICE:||$55 (Canarywood) / $49 (Mixed Wood)|
Slideways is one of our favorite Interlocking Burrs. Three simple, identical pieces combine to form the symmetrical shape. The solution is trickier than it seems, and some struggle even after even seeing it performed in front of them. There is a tricky concept in play that must be understood; once discovered, the pieces' smooth movement is addicting. Slideways is not the most challenging puzzle, but it just may become your favorite.
DDD Interlocking Burr Set
|DESIGNER:||Darryl Adams, Bryan Turner and Eric Fuller|
|MATERIAL:||Brass, Lacewood, Wenge|
|SIZE:||2.625" x 2.0625" x 2"|
DDD Interlocking Burr Set is a collaborative effort between by Darryl Adams, Bryan Turner and Eric Fuller. This batch is the final release for the foreseeable future.
Half Lid Box
Wenge, Yellowheart, Schedua, Jatoba, Chakte Viga (Pieces)
|SIZE:||2.7” x 1.8”|
The Half Lid Box Packing Puzzle seems easy; pack the five pieces flush into the box. This simple task is made difficult by a sliding cover that blocks half of the box's lid. Since the interior is three units wide, the blocking slider necessitates rotational moves, which greatly complicates assembly.
Paduak, Sycamore, Purpleheart, Canarywood, Yellowheart, Ash (Pieces)
Pack Six was designed by Eric Fuller back in 2003. This six-piece Packing Puzzle is deceptively tricky...it looks easy. Still, when most try to solve it, they are engaged quite a bit longer than expected. Just when you think you have it solved, that last block is in the wrong place. Piece analysis only gets you so far, making Pack Six an enjoyable challenge for both experienced and newer collectors. These copies are a limited one-off release of surplus parts from an earlier production run.
Portal Sequential Discovery Puzzle Box
|MATERIAL:||Maple, Cherry, Wenge|
|SIZE:||6" x 4" x 3"|
Portal is Dee Dixon's newest Sequential Discovery Puzzle Box. Dee's earlier works like Where's my Hammer and Space Case have been very well received by the puzzle community. Portal carries on Dee's tradition of innovation and excellence.
Pygmy and Marmoset Interlocking Burrs
|DESIGNER:||Ali Morris / Steve Nicholls|
|MATERIAL:||Solid Machined Brass|
|PRICE:||$99 each / $189 pair|
|SIZE:||1.375" x 1.75"|
Pygmy and Marmoset are the latest Interlocking Burr creations by Ali Morris and Steve Nicholls (collectively known as Two Brass Monkeys). Steve and Ali hide their creative genius behind trickster personas; their product's quality is often belied by a lighthearted presentation. Don't be fooled...candy and primate pictures notwithstanding, their puzzles rank among the best in the world.