Update is Monday, March 1st at 3pm EST (UTC -5)
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. Items will be listed and available for preview by March 24th. The week-long event will begin concurrent with the April 5th update.
April Update Preview
Our next update will be Monday, April 5th. Our goals for that update include:
- Visitor Q sequential discovery puzzle by Frederic Boucher
- DDD Burr Set in Brass
- Akaki's Picnic by Akaki Kuumeri (basket + three cubes)
- Grooved Three Piece Board Burr by Kouki Kusumi
- Slideways by Ray Stanton / Akio Yamamoto
- 3/4/5 Cubes and Surround by Kohno Ichiro
March Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Ryan Droege for winning our March 2021 giveaway! Ryan won a free copy of the Spy Puzzle by Alexander Magyarics.
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. The sticker shows longtime CD shop manager Steve shredding his best air-guitar chops with a leftover chunk of walnut. Steve is the unsung hero largely responsible for the quality of our work, and he also plays a mean set of drums.
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....
MultiBall Puzzle Box
|MATERIAL:||Quartersawn Walnut and Zebrawood|
MultiBall is a difficult Puzzle Box! Four stainless bearings trapped behind a window are blocking the way - how will you deal with them? Panels slide, pins drop, yet MultiBall remains stubbornly closed. Originally designed with a single solution, a second more laborious methodology was discovered after release. Learning each method is a challenge, so I left the design as-is. Can you find them both?
BurrBon Interlocking Puzzle
|MATERIAL:||Lacewood and Morado|
BurrBon is an utterly unique Interlocking Burr Puzzle. What could be better than a six-piece burr? How about a six-piece burr inside another six-piece burr? There are several ways to build the inner and out burrs separately, but only one possible configuration assembles them together. The interaction between inner and outer pieces is what makes this an extraordinarily difficult puzzle.
Fano Blocks Packing Puzzle
|MATERIAL:||Quartersawn Sycamore and Sapelle (box)
Leopardwood, Limba, Rosewood, Purpleheart, Zebrawood, Holly, Yellowheart (pieces)
|SIZE:||3" x 3" x 2.45"|
The goal of Fano Blocks is to pack seven pairs of identical rectangular pieces flush into the box. These aren't just any pieces, however! They possess unique properties: any two distinct blocks share precisely one edge length in common and any set of two specific edge lengths are held by two identical blocks. The resulting number of edge-matching combinations creates a complicated problem. Finding even one of the eight possible solutions is an accomplishment.
Spy Interlocking Puzzle
|MATERIAL:||Figured Maple (box)
Yellowheart, Purpleheart, Chechen (pieces)
Spy is an Interlocking Puzzle with a secret. Four Purpleheart and Yellowheart pieces packed into a Figured Maple container...simple, right? Perhaps a closer look is in order. With a level 18.104.22.168.4 solution, Spy is definitely hiding something! Even disassembly is a difficult task.
SingleHex Puzzle Box
|DESIGNER:||Eric Fuller / Matt Dawson|
|MATERIAL:||Maple and Goncalo Alves|
SingleHex is a small one-off batch of surplus Puzzle Boxes from the original production run of HexTrios; itself an expanded version of Matt's original HexDuos concept. It is a moderately tricky box that displays well and is fun to explore.
Tube It In Assembly Puzzle
|SIZE:||2" x 1.375" x 1.5"|
Tube It In is a classic Assembly Puzzle by Wil Strijbos. The solution involves packing small rectangular pieces inside each other - an original and fun idea that remains unique. Wil's original design in metal used different wall thicknesses...our laborious redesign with uniform thickness is proprietary to Cubicdissection. Tube It In is moderately tricky, with many collectors reporting multiple solves just for the fun of it.