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 June 17th 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 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: €



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 & 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?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Maybe the reason was I did not publish any review recently was because I did like the loris, sleep a lot....?

Well, ok the name Loris is the name of a puzzle box made in corian bu Frank Chambers and exchanged at IPP 23.
This is a massive puzzle, big and heavy and probably the biggest Chambers'.

Pretty unusual to have the warning written on a puzzle. Here it's very clear: no banging/no force of any kind. Indeed you could break the mechanism!!!

Talking about the mechanism, this one is very unique. I have never seen it in any puzzle. It's not a trick at all, but a real mechanism. It's so clever that you cannot imagine what it's really unitil you've opened the puzzle (gently, of course!). Then you can deduce, this is a pretty difficult puzzle.

Patience is required and you should be able to open the box at some point. The name of the puzzle is (supposed?...) to be a hint.

If you see it somewhere, I really advise to buy it. It's not only a nice puzzle but also a nice mechanism.

Obviously I cannot show the solved state as it would completely spoil the puzzle....

Monday, 29 January 2018


A pretty old puzzle designed by Doug Haigh and crafted by Bits&Pieces which goal is to get the diamond and free the metal ring.

The diamond can be obtained by removing the metal top above the plexi part, but this is not the intended way to do that.

This is a pretty small puzzle but with a nice sequence of steps. I like when many things are hidden in small puzzles. That means you don't need to have super big puzzles in order to have a sequencial discovery puzzle! :-)

While not extremmely difficult, it's still a nice challenge, especially for beginners. But even a seasoned puzzler will find it nice and would need it in its collection.

I am wondering if this puzzle has ever been made by a famous craftman or only by Bits&Pieces. Any clue?

Monday, 22 January 2018

Newton's egg

A nice puzzle designed and made by Stephen Chin, this Newton's egg obeys to the 3rd Newton's law.
The wood choosen is very nice and stand up on a nice display. Well for this kind of puzzles, you'd better have a display stand :-)
The cuts on the eggs are nicely made and look "real".

Like all or almost all Chin's puzzles, this one is not super difficult but will still puzzle you a bit of time. And like all his puzzles, the mechanism is not super complicated, but very efficient and well designed!

So far, I have not seen such a "mechanism" implemented in a puzzle and I liked a lot the way of solving it. And it's easy to repeat!

This is an egg(cellent) puzzle :)

Thursday, 11 January 2018


Aroma is a puzzle designed and exchanged by Iwahiro for IPP 30 in Japan. It consist of a black plastic cage and 3 pieces that need to be put inside.
Note that the shape of the pieces is pretty unusual.

So only 3 pieces, easy? Well yes and no. Yes because you will soon realize how to do, but no because you cannot see if you're doing the proper alignment of the pieces.

As many Iwahiro's puzzle, co-motion will be used!

My technique was to assemble the pieces outside the cage and see how they can be put (but "expanding" them) inside. The fit is perfect, you need precision to solve it!
You just need to understand who the pieces interact. Needless to say that it's very easy to free the pieces outside of the cage. The real challenge is to put them inside again.

In my opinion this is a nice puzzle because it's not big and can be carried out easily. It's for anybody and due to its material it can be played by even a non puzzler as he won't damage it :-)

And regarding the difficulty I would say medium because I am sure that you won't automatically manage to solve it and each time it will take you a bit of time to do it again.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Repair the cube

When nice puzzles are sold out too fast and are not available anymore at the webshop of the seller, don't cry!
Just try to find out other ways to get it, for example in resellers' webshops. I mentioned in a previous post a nice webshop: art of play. And I found this puzzle from them!

This seemingly easy (you're going to be fooled!) puzzle was designed by Andrey Ustjuzhanin crafted and released by Eric Fuller on June 2017.

The puzzle is only composed of 3 pieces, well the cage and 2 complicated pieces. The goal is to use the 2 moving pieces to repair the cube, a cube with a lot of holes by the way.
The puzzle is shipped assembled, maybe because it's safe during the shipping.

Nice woods!!

Normally you should have not too many difficulties to disassemble the puzzle because there are no really dead-ends. It's pretty straight forward. Just move pieces and if it stops, try to move the other one. And after several moves you should disassemble the puzzle. Note that I don't say "solve" because solving the puzzle is repairing the cube :-)

I can only advise you to take pictures of the puzzle while you're solving it. It will surely help you if you're blocked. Obviously repairing the cube is way more difficult as you have several possibilities to put the pieces. Oh did I mention there was a small rotation?.... :-)

It's not because a puzzle does not have a lot of pieces that it's easy to solve. Proof with this one!

I can only advise you to buy it from art of play while it's still available. And I can recommand to buy wunder bar puzzle from them as well. This is a very nice puzzle! You won't regret your purchase.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Nice games

I wanted to speak about a new puzzle shop I discovered on the internet and their puzzles/games they are selling.
It's always good to see more and more shops created as it means more ways to get some games and/or puzzles. The name: Art of Play.

Several things are here: a disentanglement puzzle, a deck of cards, a metal puzzle and a ball of whacks.

The disentanglement puzzle is nice, not easy for a beginner like me but I managed to solve it. Unfortunately I cannot put it in the original state, but I will still try.

The metal coil with the ring to free is a famous puzzle. Very easy and can be solved super fast when you know how to. I will let try totally beginner to play with and see if they can find the trick. Despite being an easy puzzle, the quality is very good, so it's pleasant to solve it again and again. For me it would be more like a stress ball :-)

Now, what about the "ball of whacks"? It's a magnetic toy made out of plastic. The goal is to use your own creativity to create shapes and to try to achieve the challenges (that consit of making such or such shapes with some hidden pieces) written in the book.
I like a lot this concept because you can do what you want (well you're still restricted by the number of pieces) and for someone like me who likes geometry, it's interesting! And the big plus is that it's suitable even for children. Indeed the pieces are not sharp and despite the magnetic attraction that works perfectly (the pieces snap fast and easily with each other), it's not possible to pinch your fingers, which may happen when magnets are too strong. Good point so!

Finally if you look carefully in the first picture, you can notice a deck of cards. What's special about it? Well it's pretty original and looks very nice in my mind. I think some puzzle collectors collect also cards, so it may be worth to get the deck :-)

Have a look at what they offer, maybe you will be able to find things you did not find in other online shops!

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