“Number 5 is Alive”

Asymmetric CubeHideaki Kawashima The newest box from Karakuri member Hideaki Kawashima is the fifth in his Bars Box series, consisting of Bars Boxes I – IV, 2018 – 2019. Asymmetric Cube’s name is adeparture from the series and, while it continues to feature the series’ titular bars, its design represents the biggest leap forward yet. […]

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 […]

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.

Puzzle Box Train(ing)

Railroad Crossing, Karakuri Puzzle BoxAkio Kamei and Shou Sugimoto, 11th Annual Idea Contest Winner, June 2019Designed by Ichiro Sato https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NubjkoIZTkk&feature=youtu.be Unboxing Puzzle Boxes with fivesinatras The newest puzzle box from Karakuri master Akio Kamei and Shou Sugimoto is based on a winning design of the 11th Annual Karakuri Idea Contest from Ichiro Sato. This trick […]

Ballin’

MultiballEric Fuller, CubicDissection, 2019Sold Out Puzzle Details:Puzzle Box: 2 StepsWoods: Ash, Wenge, WalnutNumber Made: 99 (signed and dated)Dimensions:Overall Size: 3″ Cube It is almost immediately apparent upon holding Eric Fuller’s what one must do in order to open it: get the stainless steel ball bearings out of the way so the panel can slide out. […]

Breakdown

Slammed CarJunichi (Juno) Yananose, Pluredro, 2019Still Available Puzzle Details:Sequential Discovery Box: 15 to 20 StepsWoods: Koto, Blackbean, Jarrah, PNG RosewoodNumber Made: 100 (Still Available)Dimensions:Overall Size: 7.1″ x 3.1″ x 3″Compartment Size: 1.8″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″Weight: 14.5 oz The first impression I have of Juno’s second sequential discovery puzzle is that it is no small […]