Saturday, 21 July 2018

Soma tube

Laszlo Molar did it again! Brian Menold crafted it again!!  :-)

Derived from the famous soma cube, this puzzle is this time a tube! I feel that the some cube is so famous that it still gives a lot of idea from designer who enjoy transforming this common puzzle into weird and more difficult puzzles, like this some tube!

Well it's also a restricted puzzle. I am not a big fan of restricted puzzle because it can be difficult to manipulate the pieces making your puzzling experience more a dexterity challenge and less fun.
However with this one, I did not have these kind of difficulties.
With seemingly basic pieces, how hard can it be?
Well, there are a lot of possibilities but only one solutions and let me tell you this is quite challenging!!!
However I managed to solve it (and it did not take me month), maybe I just had the right idea at the right moment, who knows...

My method with these kind of puzzles is the following: try to make a final shape (here a tube) with the puzzles outside of its box. Then try to take pieces off the shape one by one, while looking at the box and if the shape was in the box if the piece you're taking off could really be taken off the box. The continue until the final piece. And then do that in the reverse order to put the pieces in the box.
If the shape you're making does not "suite" the box, then first turn the shape. If it's does not work, make another shape with the pieces.

Usually you have several possibilities to make the shape with the pieces. The real challenge it to put the pieces inside the box.

As usually with Laszlo's puzzle, you will have sliding and rotating moves.

This is again really clever and I really enjoyed it. Buy it if you like packing puzzles that have a little something extra and if you like Lazslo's puzzle and Brian's craftmanship :)

I just have a little worry with the puzzles that use plexi: if the plexi cracks or breaks, then how can you replace it....
I do think puzzle makers who use plexi should find a way to let the solver take out the plexi. Maybe by dividing the box into 2 and using magnets (of course that would increase the final price, but maybe less than shipping the puzzle back to the craftman for repairement....)

Sunday, 20 May 2018

PI box by Jesse Born

Another very nice wooden puzzle designed and crafted by Jesse Born!

Jesse updated often his facebook page (and no need to have facebook to follow his progress) about how this puzzle crafting was going on.

I must admit that he is the only puzzle maker who is doing that and I am sure people appreciate a lot (well, I did) to see his progress and issues when there were some. I feel completely like being part of the project.

This puzzle is called the PI box puzzle, the goal is to move the parts on the top and open the box.
Easy? Not that sure...

Quick words about the design: this is a big puzzle, be sure to have some space! And it's a really wonderful puzzle. It must take long time to craft one, imagine the time spent on crafting 50 as he did....!!! 

About the difficulty, this is not an easy puzzle, but it should be manageable. Just ask yourself about the name of the puzzle as it can give you clues.... :-)

You should consider to get this puzzle if there are some left and of course if you have the money. It's not cheap at all. But the quality is worth it.
Just have a look at his website and still tunned for his next puzzles !!!

Thursday, 10 May 2018


Designed by Carl Hoff and awarded during a puzzle party, this puzzle is a ring puzzle and seems to look like an hanayama puzzle, but obviously the quality is much better!!

It is made by Jeff, a puzzle ring maker who lives in Asia.

Regarding the quality, seriously Jeff has made a super great job!!
First, it does not look like a cheap puzzle at all, especially because it's made of top quality material: silver. But you can also choose other material like gold. Thenk you don't see where the rings went through each other before the finishing.

In the webshop you can order several size. I chose the biggest (the price is the same) because I don't intend to wear it but keep it with my other puzzles and I think it's much easier to play with a bigger puzzle than a "normal size" ring...but it's up to you!

About the difficulty, this is super easy to take it apart....reassembling is a difficult challenge. As of now, it's still in 5 pieces.... ;)
And I am not super good at this kind of puzzle, but well I will keep on trying.

Either you're a ring lover or you like metal puzzle or you want to ask your other half his/her hand you have to get this puzzle. And if you're all at the same time, then don't hesitate!!
I really like the small box where Jeff put the puzzle, it's a nice display and protect well the puzzle.

And if you want something more customized, just ask Jeff ;-)

What is your favourite puzzle ring??

Saturday, 28 April 2018

PUZZLES THAT I SELL & THAT I AM LOOKING FOR - update August 12th 2018 !!!

On each update: either some puzzles have been sold, either some have been added, either both.
So please check carefully until the bottom of the page  :-)

I will also include a section with collectible things (that are not puzzles, that I sell)

I sell the below puzzles (or can consider exchanging them).
The list will be updated from time to time so don't forget to have a look ;-)

All are in perfect condition and work perfectly. Any damage or any issue regarding the mechanism will be mentioned.

Shipping is tracked wherever you're are. You will need to sign the parcel to get it.
All the care is taken to ensure the puzzles will not get damaged during the delivery. However I am not responsible in case your customs/delivery guys are not careful.

If you need that I write any specific information in the custom form, let me know prior to the shippment. Same things as if you want to insure the parcel.

Payment is with paypal.

Solution upon request (if you buy the puzzle, of course).

Price ranges:
€      = less than or equal to 250 euros
€€    = more than 250 euros but less than or equal to 500 euros
€€€  = more than 500 euros

If you're interested and/or have questions, please send me a message.


2 butter churn puzzles designed and crafted by Marcel Gillen 
Difficult puzzle. Simple but super efficient mechanism. Some differences between these 2.
Price: €€€

Cubbyx and Cubbox designed an crafted by Zdravko Zivkovic
Heavy wooden packing puzzles. The shapes of the pieces are usual. Difficult puzzles
Price: €€

Sandfield jewel dovetail box
Unusual dovetail puzzle. I don't have the key, but who said it was needed?....or maybe?....
Price: €€

Drumsticks by Allen Rolfs
Not difficult at all and maybe it will be solved during the delivery. I would say it's more a collector item than a real puzzling puzzle :-)
Price: €

Helix by Yamamoto
Later made in metal by Hanayama. Difficult puzzle.
Price: €

Excalibur puzzle designed and made by Gary Foshee
Obviously you need to free the excalibur from its base. Nice and collectible puzzle. You can unscrew the bottom of the puzzle to see the mechanism.
Price: €€

Matchbox made and designed by Frank Chambers
Difficult to solve if you don't have a twisted puzzling mind :-)
Definitely a puzzle to have!!
Price: €€€

Ball trapped by Marcel Gillen
A very original puzzle designed and made by Marcel Gillen long time ago. Why original? Because made of 3 materials: wood (MDF probably), plastic, metal.
The goal is to free the ball. Of course it's feasible because the ball was firslty put inside!
Price: €€€

Nanab trick bolt made by Frank Chambers 
Price: €

Perry McDaniel puzzle box
Super nicely puzzle.
Price: €€€

Ribbon box 3 made by Kamei 
Price: €

Ring box made and designed by Gary Foshee
A rare puzzle with a devilish mechanism (and unusual!). You will love that puzzle!!
Price: €€€

Rolling pintokyo
Made and designed by Marcel Gillen. Nice to have!
Price: €

Spinning top made and designed by Frank Chambers
Very easy puzzle, but highly collectible
Price: €€

Wooden trick lock
Several steps to open it
Price: €

Zipper puzzle designed by Iwahiro
Price: €

Loop box designed and crafted by Kagen Sound
Nice woods. Superb quality. Clever solution. Definitely a puzzle you have to get!
Price: €€€

Impossible nut
This is an impossible puzzle designed and crafted by Mike Snyder. It's an old puzzle.
The nice thing is that you can play with the nut. The goal is to guess how it has been made!
Price: €

Designed and crafted by Shane Hales from existing locks
On the left: haleslock 3.
On the right: haleslock 4
Price: €€

Big sphere by Vinco
Designed and crafted by Vinco, this puzzle is also nice to display
Difficult to assemble
Will be shipped assembled
Price: €

Tea box puzzle
Designed and crafted by Rik Van Grol from an original tea box.
Obviously the puzzle won't be as good quality as compared to wooden puzzlebox made by Stickman or Fuller.
Still a nice puzzle. And it contains real (full!) tea bags. Hence, it's a puzzle that smells well :-))
Price: €

Metal puzzles by Allen Rolfs
Lady bag, traveling salesman, leprauchaum
The quality is not that good, but the puzzles are still playable. Hand-painted it seems
The difficulty is not too high, but the puzzles are still challenging. The puzzles are shipped with their original box as seen in the below pictures.
Price: each €

Impossible needle
Crafted by Mike Snyder
I advise not to take out the treads from the needle. The goal is to guess how it was made
Price: €

Solitary chess
The famous solitary chess puzzle but with several challenges
Price: €

Hidden weath
Exchanged, designed and crafted by Adolf Ledesma
Nice looking puzzle. The goal is to open the box :-)
Price: €

Designed by Ken Steven. The goal is to free the matches without unscrewing the screws and without any external tools.
Price: €

Block puzzle
Designed by Simon Nightingale, this puzzle is composed of a block of corian that you need to put inside its (heavy) wooden base. You need to put it completely flat!!
A fun puzzle. Difficulty is medium depending is you're experienced or totally new to puzzles.
A puzzle that you need to have!
Price: €€

4M packing
Designed by Iwahiro and crafted by Brian Menold, the goal is to put the 4M shape pieces inside the box so that the lid can close the box flat.
The lid is somewhat not perectly cut (proof of handmade work!). So there is a difference of "levelling".
However, this does not provide at all to solve the puzzle. It's just purely aesthetic. This is a very good puzzle, don't miss it!!
Price: €

Karakuri's Xmas present: panda by Kasho
A very nice looking puzzle. Lime most Karakuri's puzzle, this is one is easy. 2 moves. But definitely collectible.
Price: €

Old tangram puzzle
Seems to be made out of a kind of stone. In it's original box with original booklet. Don't not contain the solutions. For the pure collectors!
Price: €

Pillar puzzle by Kunio Saeki
Packing wooden puzzle from long time IPP. In original box. No solution included. Pretty difficult.
Price: €

On the spot insanity
Exchanges puzzle. A well know one!
Price: €

Impossible folding by Allen Rolfs
I will provide you a PDF version (so you pay for a PDF, not a hard copy). Interesting and rare booklet!
Price: €

Cast devil puzzle
It's from professor puzzle. The solution is the same, the puzzle is a bit smaller (so more practical to take with you).
Price: €

From the famous metal series of super difficult puzzle designed and crafted by Andrew Reeves.
The puzzle is shipped with its original boxes (well you have all what you see in the picture).
The puzzle has never been solved, so it's still have the key inside!
Price: €€

Puzzles crafted by Maurice Vigouroux
On the left: it seems to be the famous soma cube
On the right: burr in cage designed by Ishino. Level:   Difficult!
The 2 puzzles are sold separately
Price: €

Brass star by Kostick
Keep it in the tube and then display it! Wonderful!!
Price: €

X matrix maze puzzle
Designed by Jeremy Goode. It's obviously a maze!! Please not that you cannot open the cube.
Price: €

Restricted soma cube
Designed by C.M. Huang and crafted by Brian Menold. The goal is to put the plexi sheet on the top of the box and put the pieces inside. 3 challenges. Difficult.
Please not that I sandpapered the box a bit to avoid what could have appeared to be a serious issue. I explain myself: originally putting the plexi cover was easy and taking them out needed a bit of force and to the the thin thickness of the plexi one could have broken it at some point.
Now this issue does not existe anymore. However if you move the box, the plexi can slide.
In my opinion, it's much better now!
Price: €

The lotus box
Designed and made by Kagen Sound. Is part of a trilogy of 3 boxes.
Made 2.5 years ago, this has been sold out fast.
No doubt that this puzzles will gain value in the years to come. Stickman and Kagen's puzzles are really an investment when you want to part with them!
This one will probably be worth around 5000 euros/dollars in 2 years at auction, like usually.
The puzzle is in perfect condition, sold with its original box as the below picture (don't worry, the lid is provided haha!)

Price: €€€

Gal's puzzle
Designed, crafted and exchanged by Peter Gal.
For each challenge you have the solution. From easy to difficult you will have a lot of puzzling fun!
Shipping with its original (signed!!) box
Price: €

SMS box by Brian Young
A very difficult sequencial discovery puzzle. Never solved.
Price: €€€


Collectible things I am selling

Pokemon cards
French version from long time ago (more than 15 years ago)
Price: €



The list may be updated from time to time.
So what I am more looking for some puzzles rather than others? Well, I could have managed to get some, I could have played with some and then I want to play with others, or maybe just I don't like that much such or such puzzle.

I am only looking for puzzles in perfect condition and only the original puzzles made by the designers. So no copy !

If you have any, don't hesitate to PM me with the following info:
-name of the puzzle
-precise condition: any rust? any damage? perfect working condition? etc.
-pictures of the puzzle (if not possible when contacting me with the contact form, then please send them after along the discussion)

I can either buy the puzzles or exchange against other puzzles, depending what you're mainly looking for!

Below is a list:

  • Edi Nagata: only original puzzles made in MDF
  1. Pencil case
  2. Arrow case
  3. Poloshirt case
  4. Cat case
  5. Cup case

  • Brian Young
  1. Opening bat
  2. Katie Koala
  3. Ned Kelly
  4. Whilemina

  • Stephen Chin
  1. The orange
  2. Spinommoto

  • Iwahiro
  1. Crystalline
  2. Dango box

  • Wil Strijbos
  1. Whiskey bottle 1 and 2
  2. Perrier bottle 1 (with the "solution" paper)
  3. Coke bottle called "twins" (with 2 locks on each side of a rod)
  4. Washer cylinder (that is not jammed! several of them have had issues....)
  5. Old trick bolts (apart from nipple bolt and low number bolt)

  • Roger D
  1. Auspuff
  2. Gesicht
  3. Mastercard
  4. Screw cube
  5. Cylinder
  6. Wasserhahn
  7. Geburt
  8. Stecker

  • Simon Nightingale
  1. Homage
  2. Nobox
  3. Six locks, 2 keys
  4. Locked room mystery puzzle

  • Livewire puzzle
  1. Open and shut case

  • Perry McDaniel
  1. Lemon box

  • Eric Fuller
  1. Hinged box
  2. 2 piece oddity
  3. Iwahiro apparently impossible cube
  4. Holey square
  5. Beaulid box
  6. Tier box
  7. 5 minute puzzle that may take longer
  8. Two pi interlocking puzzle

  • Marcel Gillen (only metal puzzles crafted by him)
  1. Chess pieces: pawn, rock, knight, queen, bishop
  2. Locks
  3. Milk churn
  4. Big rolling pin
  5. Candle light
  6. Cigar
  7. Dum bell
  8. Trick bolts
  9. any other puzzles?

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