|DESIGNER:||Benno de Grote|
|EDITION:||74 Copies Released|
|SIZE:||6.1" x 3.9" x 1.75"|
Benno's Segmented Maze puzzle box requires the solver to navigate a hidden labyrinth. Helpfully, the maze paths are engraved on the box's top. Sounds easy! Yet it is anything but.
Knowing the layout tells you where you need to go, but you'll have to pay careful attention to where you are. There are multiple traps, dead ends, and other complications to be navigated before you reach the goal. Once solved, the labyrinth is revealed beneath a transparent layer under the spacious cavity.
As with many of Benno's creations, this puzzle may not end where you expect it to. Finding the final prize will require ingenuity and perseverance.
Segmented Maze was carefully crafted from laser-cut Baltic birch plywood covered with custom-laid zebrawood and quilted maple veneer. This is not your ordinary laser-cut work; once assembled, we perform our customary final touches, which include hand-smoothing, beveling, and finishing with our proprietary waxed lacquer blend. The result is an extraordinary piece that exudes quality.
Segmented Maze ships in an unsolved configuration.
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.
Segmented Maze is a challenging but navigable maze. Work your way through the segments of the maze using sound and feel and the layout etched on the lid to reveal the actual maze inside under plexiglass. Tricky but doable. There's space enough for a designer deck of cards inside. Then ask your friends if they can find the small hidden chamber. Hide a folded bill, gem, note or other small prize there. What fun! CD craftsmanship yields a splendid display piece as usual!
All the information to solve the puzzle is right on the box, yet this puzzle still took me ages to solve. Looks and feels great to manipulate this one, and once you figure out where you are in the maze, it's fun to follow. I actually thought the size of this box was quite nice, and bigger than 'typical' boxes from CD. Although laser-cut, all the effort they put in to make a premiere-looking box shows. I guess they're all veneers, but they certain look and feel great.
I had fun with the puzzle. Using tactile sensations and occasionally my ear pressed up against the box, I was able to guide the marble successfully to the end of the maze. The super secret compartment had a small gift in it too! Fun puzzle, not to hard to figure out. And beautifully constructed. It is slightly overpriced though. I initially thought it would be a bit larger, based on the price, than it actually is. But some serious craftmanship went into the construction, so that is always a good reason to price it higher, but they went little bit too much for this item. But I am keeping the one I bought and proudly displaying it in my office.