In Brackets (2021)

DESIGNER: Sam Cornwell
MATERIAL: Black Walnut Cube, Yellowheart Brackets
RELEASE DATE: 1.25.2021
EDITION: 80 Copies Released
SIZE: 3" x 3" x 3"

In Brackets is an interlocking cube with a twist! While moderate in difficulty, the solution is so much fun you'll find yourself solving it over and over.

Last released in 2009, this was Sam's IPP Design Competition Entry that same year. This unique puzzle combines a standard 3x3 cube with three surrounding brackets. Deciphering order and orientation of assembly are non-trivial. The solved puzzle has a unique appearance and displays beautifully.

We constructed In Brackets with solid Black Walnut pieces, individually beveled and very accurately glued. The Brackets are Yellowheart and feature reinforcing finger joinery on the corners. This puzzle has an excellent fit and finish, and I'm well pleased with how it turned out.

80 copies are available. Each puzzle is signed and dated. In Brackets ships assembled in an unsolved configuration.

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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 an occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Yacine B.

Really nice design and perfect balance of difficulty .

Great concept, but not my favorite

As always, the design and execution of build on this piece is flawless. I especially like the look of the joinery on the yellowheart (brackets). The engineering is satisfying and the pieces fit well. However, I only gave it 4 stars because I am not 100% happy with how loose the overall puzzle is once solved. I believe it's just the nature of the design, but I can't find a good way to display this on the shelf without something sliding out of place. I wouldn't want the fit to be tighter, then it would be very difficult to work. Maybe the strategic placement of some tiny magnets would help keep things in place? That would be my suggestion. Otherwise, this is a nice addition to the collection and a unique piece indeed.

Dustin R.
Still available??

The woods and joints used on In Brackets suit my tastes very nicely. Love the contrast and the angles. I'll have trouble doing colors justice in a photo but will try... surprised these can still be had, but nice to see some stock available for newcomers to the site! I'd say difficulty is medium, but getting my head around the possible movements was not intuitive.

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