Oskar's Paperclips

DESIGNER: Oskar van Deventer
MATERIAL: Granadillo, and Maple
RELEASE DATE: 12.10.2019
EDITION: 53 Copies Released
SIZE: 7.5 x 2 5/8 x 1 1/8

Another classic by Oskar van Deventer, the Paperclips puzzle is rarely made, and for good reason. The length of the sticks and small surface area for overlap at the edges makes it very difficult to construct. Each corner is reinforced by a shoulder joint, then sanded flush and further reinforced with a full length spline. This is a very time consuming process, but is the only way to ensure the strength and rigidity necessary for this work of art.

The result is worth the effort. With two possible solutions, the paperclips interlock to form a beautiful sculpture once solved. At 14 moves, finding the solution is no trivial task...this is a very confusing and difficult puzzle to solve.

Care must be taken to make sure all pieces are oriented square to each other to prevent binding while solving. Nevertheless, the splines make for a very strong joint, and this puzzle can be manipulated and solved without fear of breaking.

53 copies made for sale, each signed and dated. This puzzle is shipped disassmebled.

This item is sold out and no longer available. Our Marketplace is the best source for discontinued work. We occasionally revisit discontinued designs at our sole discretion and do not accept requests or one-off commissions.

To ensure the proper continued operation and fit of your puzzles, please check out our product care guide. We recommend an occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
J.S. C.

Ths was another puzzle I wanted for a long time. Just look at it. Its like nothing else. Displays well, and tricky to solve. One of my favorites from Oskar and made superbly by cubicdissection. Everyone needs one. Its just a matter of getting it thats the issue. Lol

Rob K.
A real masterpiece: Oskar's paperclips

Oskar's paperclips puzzle is a challenging puzzle. But when it is fully assembled (solved) it really looks beautiful. The puzzle itself is from excellent quality. Highly recommendable puzzle!


Oskar's paperclips was on my wanted list a long time. Lucky enough Eric made another batch. Excellent quality, sturdy enough for lots of (dis)assembling. Very happy to add this to my collection!

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