February 2023 Update Preview

New Puzzles Available!

Our new work will be released Monday, February 20th at 3 pm EST (UTC-5) on the Newly Released page:

  • Sher-Lock - A Notched Trifecta by Girish Sharma
  • Six Doors by Yavuz Demirhan
  • Tube It In (2023) by Wil Strijbos
  • Aha Box (Aluminum) by Allan Boardman

Please scroll down for detailed information and photos of the new designs. 


February Site Review Winner

Congratulations to Tim Udall 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.


February Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Alain Pouget for winning our February 2023 Giveaway! Alain scored a free copy of Tube It In (2023) by Wil Strijbos.

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.


Next Release

Our next release will be Monday, March 20th, 2023. In that update we intend to include:

  • Escalating Box by Eric Fuller (wood puzzle box)
  • More to be announced!
Our Production and Release Schedule page always has an up-to-date list of what's to come.

      February Sticker

      The clock is rapidly ticking towards Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, and this month's sticker by digital artist and photographer phuckitphoto celebrates the reemergence of life and color as Winter's darkness recedes once more.




      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.

      New Hanayama Puzzles

      We're adding some new Hanayama cast-metal puzzles to the site. They will be available along with the rest of the items in the release, and can be found on the Hanayama Cast Metal Puzzles page along with the rest of the puzzles in the collection.


      Now, on to the Puzzles....



      Sher-Lock - A Notched Trifecta

      DESIGNER: Girish Sharma
      MATERIALS: Quartersawn cherry cage, purpleheart pieces, with a Chakte Viga or marblewood key
      RELEASE DATE: 2023.02.20
      EDITION: 65 Copies Made
      SIZE: 3.1" x 1.75" x 4.8"
      PRICE: $150

      Sher-Lock - A Notched Trifecta is a very exciting new design by IPP award winning designer Girish Sharma. This design is a part of his Sher-Lock series of padlock-shaped interlocking puzzles. The name alludes to the three different configurations of the key-shaped burr piece within the solved puzzle. We hope to offer more designs from the series in the future, and we are proud to offer this unique and challenging puzzle. 

      Each assembly has not only a unique solution but a distinct arrangement of the pieces. The design takes advantage of subdivided voxels and angled half-unit pieces to achieve this impressive feat. An intimidating level 19, 24 & 25 solution for each configuration further adds to the complexity.

      Fit of the puzzle is precise, and care must be taken to keep the points of the angled pieces from chipping. The quartersawn cherry cage features precision mitered joinery and the pieces are made from a dense board of purpleheart to give a satisfying operation, solid feel, and a nice color contrast. The puzzle is slightly larger in scale than our normal burr size to accommodate the triangular-shaped stock.

      Sher-Lock - A Notched Trifecta ships in an assembled configuration. Approximately 65 copies were made for this release, each signed and dated.



      Six Doors

      DESIGNER: Yavuz Demirhan
      MATERIAL: Ambrosia Maple and Wenge; or
      Ash and Padauk
      RELEASE DATE: 2023.02.20
      EDITION: 60 Copies Made
      SIZE: 2.6" x 2.6" x 2.6"
      PRICE: $75

      Six Doors by Yavuz Demirhan is a variation on the classic six-piece burr shape. The added rings around the endgrain resemble a stile and rail door once the puzzle is assembled. Each ring complicates the movement of the pieces to reach a formidable but approachable level 14 solution.

      Yavuz had originally released this design in 2012, and since then has optimized the puzzle to increase the level from 12 to 14 moves to remove the first piece. The simple shaped pieces conceal a tricky dead end that must be discovered and overcome in order to prevent circling back to the assembled shape.

      60 copies, 30 of each variant, are available for this release, each signed and dated. Six Doors ships in an assembled configuration.


      Tube It In (2023)

      DESIGNER: Wil Strijbos
      MATERIAL: Quartersawn European beech and walnut box, with mixed wood pieces
      RELEASE DATE: 2023.02.20
      EDITION: 170 Copies Made
      SIZE: 2" x 1.375" x 1.5"
      PRICE: $120

      Tube It In is a classic assembly puzzle by Wil Strijbos, which we last produced in March of 2021. The solution involves packing small rectangular pieces inside each other - an original and fun idea that remains unique. Wil's original design was in metal and used different wall thicknesses. We applied our woodworking knowledge and skill to redesign it with uniform thickness proprietary to Cubicdissection. Tube It In is moderately tricky, with many collectors reporting multiple solves just for the fun of it.

      Tube It In's construction is laborious. Each piece is strengthened with shouldered edge joinery, then beveled on all faces - a tricky task with such small components. This release offers an outer box made of quartersawn European beech and walnut. The internal pieces are made from a variety of woods, including:

      • Ash
      • Black Limba
      • Bocote
      • Bubinga
      • Canarywood
      • Canxan
      • Cherry
      • Lacewood
      • Marblewood
      • Padauk
      • Peruvian walnut
      • Purple heart
      • Quartersawn sycamore
      • Quartersawn white oak
      • Schedua
      • Wenge

      While we cannot offer specific combinations, we can promise that there will be no repeated wood types within each puzzle and that they will all look stunning no matter which arrangement you receive.

      Approximately 170 copies are available. Each puzzle is signed and dated. Tube It In ships assembled.



      Aha Box (Aluminum)

      DESIGNER: Allan Boardman
      MATERIAL: Aluminum box with zebrawood veneer inlays
      RELEASE DATE: 2023.02.20
      SIZE: 2.75" x 1.7" x 1.2"
      PRICE: $59

      Small Box Two (Aha Box) was Allan Boardman's IPP exchange puzzle in 2004. Allan describes it as "designed to lure your non-puzzler friends into "our" world." Seemingly solid and impenetrable, Aha Box gives very few clues upon handling. A solution does exist, and it's quite tricky to discover. Sturdy, pocket-sized, and with a surprising amount of usable space inside, Aha Box is a great puzzle to share with friends and non-puzzlers.

      We first produced Aha Box in wood in October 2019. Because of its popularity and approachability, we had two subsequent wood versions in October 2021 and then December 2021, but this is the first time we've released it in metal. Made of CNC-machined aluminum with a lovely and pleasant-to-handle sandblasted and anodized finish, we added laser-cut zebrawood veneer inlays to the sides to make it stand out in your collection. The result has the same impervious feel as our previous versions, with a new retrofuturistic look.

      Aha Box ships in an unsolved configuration.

      February 2023 Update Preview