“I want to say one word to you, just one word: Plastics”

Tree Box, Cocktail, and Football MatchDiniar Namdarian After seeing some of his puzzles floating around the net, I reached out to Diniar Namdarian and, some weeks later, a box arrived, bringing me plenty of plastic puzzling. Even better, Diniar included a few extra pocket puzzles for some extra fun. I was not sure what to […]

Let’s See What’s Behind Door #8!

Dark Fairy Door by Tracy Clemons is a behemoth of a puzzle box, clocking in at close to 7 lbs, it provides a puzzle experience that is more than the sum of its parts.

No, I Don’t Think He is Dead

He Can Not Get the Ball!Yoh Kakuda and Yasuaki Kikuchi https://youtu.be/i6hkRQNpF9w He Can Not Get the Ball! is a winner of the 11th Annual Karakuri Idea Contest. This box was built by Yoh Kakuda and Yasuaki Kikuchi out of oak and cherry, based on an original idea by Masaki Ohnishi, The puzzle depicts a moment […]

The Tail of the Uroboros Puzzle Box

UroborosShiro Tajima https://youtu.be/7CD-fXeAG_g Check out the Uroboros box from Shiro Tajima of the Karakuri Creation Group, made in 2012. This is my first video that includes me solving the puzzle. It is not an overly difficult box, but it has a couple tricky-ish steps that utilize some cool movements. As with many Karakuri boxes, the […]

Lost in the Weeds

Plant CycleDesigned and Built by Christian Cormier Plant Cycle is a limited run of 50 puzzles, designed and built by Christian Cormier as a follow-up to his Father & Son Dueling Keys. Plant features three custom keys (as opposed to Father’s two), which are protruding evenly from a BIG piece of layered metal, notched discs […]

Pushing All the Right Buttons

Push Button BurrDesigned by Ken IrvineBuilt by Tom Lensch Let me start by saying that, historically, I am not particularly good at interlocking solids. It is only in the last few months that I have begun to expand my puzzling horizons beyond boxes, SD and locks. My first burrs had me running to fellow puzzlers […]

Oh Schrat

https://youtu.be/Yd9w1L7nISE My latest (meaning second) video takes a look at Schrat by Stephan Baumegger, an interlocking solid puzzle featuring 6 burr sticks in a wood cage. It is a beautiful puzzle of the high quality one should expect from Stephan’s work. I have only started disassembling this piece and it is proving to be an […]

You Deserve a Brake Today…

Snack Brake from Daniel Alterman is an original and fun puzzle from an emerging maker whose work comes from a unique and welcome perspective.

Packing It In 2: Pack Harder

Pin Block Case from CubicDissection is a relatively simple packing puzzle with an elegant and satisfying solution.

Packing It In: Pack Hard

Stephen Baumegger’s Gretel is a beautiful and challenging packing puzzle that displays wonderfully – if you can solve it.