June 2022 Update Preview
New Puzzles Available!
Our new work will be released Monday, June 27th at 3 pm EDT (UTC-4) on the Newly Released page:
- Psycho Disks by Eric Fuller
- 2LIT by Kris Antibus & Matthew Hochberg
- BonBon by Frederic Boucher
- 2-In-1 (Stainless Steel) by Oskar van Deventer
- Unlawful Assembly by Pit Khiam Goh
Please scroll down for detailed information and photos of the new designs.
Unfortunately due to time constraints and in the interest of maintaining our high level of quality, we were unable to get Chess Box by Benno de Grote or Taco Cube by JinHoo Ahn into this month's release. Those two puzzles will be included in our July update.
Our next release will be Monday, July 25th. Our goals for that update include:
- Taco Cube by JinHoo Ahn
- Chess Box by Benno de Grote
- More to be announced...
June Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Dustin Rabideau for winning our June 2022 Giveaway! Dustin scored a free copy of Unlawful Assembly by Pit Khiam Goh.
Every month 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.
Last Friday we closed up the workshop for the weekend and went home, just like we do every week. However, when we returned on Monday morning, we discovered the Standard Puzzle Hamsters had emerged from hiding and captured a group photo of themselves with our camera. We decided to recognize their considerable effort and use it for this month's sticker.
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:||Aluminum and brass|
|SIZE:||1.2" x 2.4"|
Psycho Disks was inspired by Phil Wigfield's excellent "Spinning Tumblers" design. Eric received a copy for his collection and thought the concept could be significantly expanded. With Phil's approval, he set to work. The result is a combination Take-Apart and Fidget Toy puzzle that's wickedly difficult to solve!
|DESIGNER:||Kris Antibus & Matthew Hochberg|
|MATERIAL:||Maple and Jatoba box with Katalox pieces|
|SIZE:||2.5" x 2.5" x 1.85"|
2LIT is a fresh packing puzzle concept by Kris Antibus and Matthew Hochberg. The goal is to fit five pieces into a rather unique box. The opening to the box is a sliding panel with a notch, and a block fixed on the inside. The movement of this panel creates a changing state which significantly complicates the solving process. With no external tools allowed or required, you'll have to summon all your creativity to defeat this clever opponent!
BonBon (June 2022)
|MATERIAL:||Butternut box with Chechen pieces, or
Sycamore box with Chakte Viga pieces
|EDITION:||100 Copies Released|
|SIZE:||3.7" x 3" x 2"|
Often preferring to break new ground, we don't always re-release designs. We even more rarely continue to revisit a design over the long term. Only the most exciting and entertaining puzzles are consistently remade, and BonBon fits that description. It is the perfect blend of difficulty, intrigue, and display beauty.
Here is an excellent blog review of BonBon by Zenpuzzler.
100 copies made for sale, each signed and dated. BonBon is shipped in an unsolved configuration.
2-In-1 (Stainless Steel)
|DESIGNER:||Oskar van Deventer|
As shown by the previous releases we crafted from solid wood in its intended rectilinear form, 2-in-1 is one of our favorite burr puzzles. Eric recently had the idea to try the same assembly in precision milled round metal. The result is profound, a reinvention that adds significant difficulty and results in a beautiful, hefty metal sculpture.
This puzzle ships unassembled. The solution is available upon request.
|DESIGNER:||Pit Khiam Goh|
|SIZE:||4.5" x 4.5" x 0.55"|
Unlawful Assembly is another clever packing puzzle from the talented Pit Khiam Goh. The included five pieces will clearly fit into the tray but are blocked by a frame covering the outside edge. To successfully solve the puzzle, you will have to find a way to work around it. When completed, the contrasting dark red and smoke gray pieces make a visually striking geometric pattern against the bright white tray background.