Oskar's Matchboxes (2022)

DESIGNER: Oskar van Deventer
MATERIAL: Maple and Black Palm / Canarywood / Leopardwood
RELEASE DATE: 2.14.2022
EDITION: 47 Copies Released
SIZE: Approximately 3"

Oskar's Matchboxes have always been one of my favorite designs. Very few puzzles come close in terms of originality, appearance, and overall appeal. The five pieces consist of an outer box and inner tray cleverly glued together. The goal is to assemble the pieces to contain every tray inside a box. With only two solutions, this is quite tricky!

Matchboxes is quite time-consuming puzzle to craft. Each piece is constructed using the same robust shoulder joinery we used to make the Tube It In puzzle. The result is a puzzle that looks small and fragile but is really quite strong. Fit and finish are sublime; each piece has minimal movement once joined with another.

Here is an excellent blog review of Matchboxes by Neil's Puzzle Building Blog.

47 total copies made for sale, each signed and dated. 20 Copies in Black Palm, 6 Copies in Canarywood, and 21 Copies in Leopardwood. Oskar's Matchboxes is shipped in an unsolved configuration.

Precision wood puzzles can be damaged by environmental changes 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.

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