December 2022 Update Preview
New Puzzles Available!
Our new work will be released Monday, December 5th at 3 pm EST (UTC-5) on the Newly Released page:
- Noodling Box by Eric Fuller
- Harun by Dr. Volker Latussek
- Key Mazes by Oskar van Deventer
- Cross Keys Maze by Oskar van Deventer
- Mondrian's Mess by Tom Jolly
- Mondrian's Square by Tom Jolly
- Bomb Destroyer by BrunS
Please scroll down for detailed information and photos of the new designs.
In Memoriam - Eric Fuller (1975 - 2022)
As many of you already know, our founder and dear friend Eric Fuller passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the beginning of November. His legacy will live on through the art he created, the community he helped foster, and the excellent work we at Cubicdissection.com will continue to carry forward.
Holiday Shipping Deadlines
We pledge to do our best to get your orders processed, packaged, and shipped as quickly as possible, so please make sure you select the appropriate service speed at checkout to help us expedite this process. The cutoff dates for our three carriers vary, but more information can be found at the links below.
Acrylic Puzzle Promotion
For 24 hours following the update, all previously released laser-cut acrylic puzzles will be 15% off in any quantity. This discount is automatically applied at checkout.
New Website Coming in 2023
December Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Mark Austin for winning our December 2022 Giveaway! Mark scored a free copy of Cross Keys Maze by Oskar van Deventer.
Every update we choose a random member of our newsletter to receive a free puzzle. If you'd like to join, drop your email address in the box on the lower right of any page on the site.
Our next release will be Monday, January 9th, 2023. In that update we hope to include:
- Some vintage Eric Fuller puzzle boxes, to be determined
- Psycho Disks by Eric Fuller (aluminum and brass SD puzzle)
- Aha Box (Aluminum) by Allan Boardman (aluminum puzzle box)
- Bill's Ball Bearing Burr by Bill Cutler (aluminum burr puzzle)
- Slump Cube by RKB (aluminum interlocking puzzle)
This month's sticker was created by the AI art generator DALL-E 2 with prompts inspired by Noodling Box.
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.
Please read the Caring for Wood Puzzles guide to ensure proper fit and operation. We recommend occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.
Now, on to the Puzzles....
|MATERIAL:||African Teak and Quilted Sycamore; or
Lacewood and Walnut
|EDITION:||~110 Copies Released|
|SIZE:||6" x 3.5" x 2.5"|
Noodling Box is Eric Fuller's latest puzzle box creation. Its name was inspired by the art of "noodling" catfish from their underwater caves. The project began as a simple trick box, but Eric was drawn to more exciting possibilities as the design progressed. The final creation is a complex, layered puzzle appropriate for intermediate and advanced collectors.
To solve Noodling Box, you must find the prize hidden within. Doing so requires convincing a very reluctant drawer to give up its secrets. Multiple layered locks and devices stand between you and the goal. Eric has come up with some new tricks and deceptions that will keep you fishing for quite some time!
Handcrafted according to our finest standards, Noodling Box was made in two variations; African Teak and Quilted Sycamore, with the other from Lacewood and Walnut. Fit, finish, and operation are sublime...each component moves smoothly and reliably.
Noodling Box ships in an unsolved configuration and is signed and dated.
There were approximately 55 copies of each variant made.
|MATERIAL:||Black Palm, Chechen, or Bocote box, with brass pieces|
|SIZE:||2" x 2" x 1.75"|
Harun is another brilliant packing puzzle by Dr. Volker Latussek, designer of the award-winning "Casino." Volker's superpower is creating complex assemblies with simple pieces. True to form, Harun consists of six bars and six notched sticks packed into an ordinary box. The resulting challenge is quite tricky! There are two possible assemblies, a more straightforward symmetrical solution and a more difficult asymmetrical one.
Our original 2019 Harun release was crafted with ultra-premium exotic woods. We sought to replicate that desirability in our metal release, resulting in three eye-popping wood variants: Dense Black Palm, Figured Chechen, and Quilted Bocote. The twelve solid brass pieces are CNC machined to our customary tolerances. Each piece is then hand-finished and passivated to inhibit tarnishing.
Harun ships unsolved, with each brass piece individually wrapped in protective film.
|DESIGNER:||Oskar van Deventer|
|MATERIAL:||Laser-cut walnut and maple veneered plywood, walnut dowel|
|SIZE:||Key: 4.6" x 2", Disc: 2"|
|PRICE:||Key Maze Set (1-6): $149
Key Mazes 1 & 2: $59
Key Mazes 3 & 4: $59
Key Mazes 5 & 6: $59
Key Mazes are an extraordinary concept by the master of mazes, Oskar van Deventer. Consisting of six unique keys and their corresponding disks, this puzzle may look familiar to the experienced collector. While the Bits and Pieces version has been a favorite since I started collecting, I was unaware that Oskar had designed SIX such mazes! Even more incredible is that the puzzles work together as a set, with multiple challenges found by combining different keys and disks.
The Key Mazes were precision laser cut from 3mm walnut and maple veneer, combined with a custom-crafted walnut dowel to reinforce the key. The feel is precise, yet with enough room so the puzzle will not bind.
Cross Keys Maze
|DESIGNER:||Oskar van Deventer|
|MATERIAL:||Laser-cut cast acrylic|
|SIZE:||6.4" x 2.4"|
Oskar van Deventer's Cross Keys Maze is an exciting and VERY challenging put-together maze puzzle. First released in laser cut MDF, this was James Dalgety's 2007 IPP Exchange Puzzle.
The two "Key" pieces are delivered nested inside each other. To complete the solve, you must separate them and then combine each perpendicular to the other until both reach the inside limit of their movement. Navigating the maze created by the four sets of teeth is no mean feat! The path is arduous to find and will test even the most experienced puzzler.
We have crafted Cross Keys Maze in dual contrasting layers of laser cut acrylic. Precision, fit, and feel meet our usual high standards.
Cross Keys Maze ships in an unsolved configuration.
|MATERIAL:||Aluminum and brass|
|SIZE:||3.6" x 2.7" x 0.5"|
Mondrian's Mess is an assembly puzzle created by Tom Jolly in 2021. Building on concepts from his puzzles Little Window (2011) and Open Window (2012), and with a name inspired by the abstract geometric paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, Mondrian's Mess turns those two designs inside out, putting the odd-shaped pieces on the outer layers instead of on the inner one. The result is a visually appealing piece of art that's just as pleasing to look at as it is to play with.
Mondrian's Mess ships in an unsolved configuration.
|MATERIAL:||Aluminum and brass|
|SIZE:||1.4" x 1.4" x 0.35"|
Mondrian's Square is an assembly puzzle created by Tom Jolly in 2021. Building on concepts from his puzzles Little Window (2011) and Open Window (2012), and with a name inspired by the abstract geometric paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, Mondrian's Square turns those two designs inside out, putting the odd-shaped pieces on the outer layers instead of on the inner one. The result is a visually appealing piece of art that's just as pleasing to look at as it is to play with.
|MATERIAL:||Aluminum and Brass|
|SIZE:||4.5" x 1.5" x 1.5"|
Bomb Destroyer is Ukrainian designer Andriy Bruns's latest Take-Apart puzzle. Andriy says, "The project of this puzzle was started last year, and from 24 Feb 2022, real Russian bombs dropping on my town and my country. But if your love for puzzle making is strong, you can do them even at war."
This release speaks volumes about the suffering his country endures. Yet it also speaks to the hope and perseverance of the Ukrainian people. We are proud to support him and his community during these difficult times.
While moderate in difficulty, Bomb Destroyer has some clever tricks in store. Finding the solution requires critical thinking rather than a brute-force approach. The solution flows smoothly and is satisfying to repeat. Showcasing the ingenuity found in the best mechanical puzzles, it's an excellent puzzle to share with novice solvers.
Andriy chose a rough exterior texture to replicate the utilitarian feel of military ordnance. In stark contrast with the craftsmanship found within, Bomb Destroyer's function relies upon extreme precision, with some tricks requiring sub-thousandth tolerancing. The overall quality is superlative and startling.
Bomb Destroyer ships in an unsolved configuration.
We had originally planned to launch our redesigned website in October/November but have since decided to postpone that to coincide with our 20th anniversary coming up in February 2023. Stay tuned for more.
December Site Review Winner
Congratulations to Michel van Ipenburg for winning a $100 gift card by submitting a product review! If you want to be entered for the next drawing, submit a review on the website of any recently purchased product before the next update.