1. Puzzle of the Week - Devil's Chessboard

    Devils chessboard wood puzzle brain teaser

    This week we are featuring a puzzle with quite the reputation , The Devil's Chessboard, which won the prestigious Himiki Puzzle competition in Japan in 1990. When I use to travel and set up a booth at various craft shows around Florida this was always one of the most popular. The brain teaser consist of 16 pieces. Each wood piece consist of one dark and one light colored block. What makes the brainteaser so interesting is the angles of which each block is cut. The odd angles create a multitude of assembly options which add a layer of depth and logic when working toward the solution. The image below provides an illustration of what I mean regarding the angluar cuts of the puzzle pieces.

    Read more »
  2. The Beautiful Belle Puzzle Box - Puzzle of the Week

    Puzzle of the Week - Belle Wood Puzzle Box

    The Beautiful Belle Puzzle Boxes show off the impressive capabilities of our laser machines with absolutely stunning laser engraved artwork. The lid and each of the four sides have different thematic images of our Belle. These boxes are a premium version of our popular Hurricane Puzzle Box. As such the locking/unlocking mechanism functions the same way. You just have to give it a spin if you know what I mean.

    There are four different stained maple versions of this puzzle box available: Red

    Read more »
  3. Dragon Burr - Puzzle of the Week

    Dragon Burr Puzzle of the Week

    For this week's featured puzzle I have selected the Dragon Burr. Simply put, this puzzle is HARD. For those of you not familiar with the burr style of brain teasers they are quite unique and even the easier puzzles of this category can prove to be quite a challenge. They notched stick puzzle pieces almost always form a symmetrical figure. The most common of which is represented in the Dragon Burr; however, other styles such as the Wine Barrell, Diamond Cube, and

    Read more »
  4. Dinosaur Dilemma 2 - Puzzle of the Week

    Dinosaur Dilemma 2 Laser Cut Wood Brain Teaser - Puzzle of the Week

    I just love the way this puzzle looks. Our in house designer at the time, Lexi Plummer, really outdid herself while designing this dinosaur themed brain teaser. The laser cut wood pieces consist of: Ankylosaurus, Velociraptor, Coryhosaurus, Brontosaurus, Triceratops,  Paraaurlophus, bones, skulls, ammonite, and more for a total of 19 in all. As you can tell by looking at the image below each dinosaur has been meticulously designed and precision cut on our laser machines. If you or someone you know loves dinosaurs this will make a wonderful gift. You can even have a name engraved on the frame or short message on the cover. Be warned though, this is not an easy puzzle!

    Read more »
  5. Safecracker 40 - Puzzle Of The Week

    Featured Puzzle of the Week Safecracker 40 Math Brain Teaser

    One of my personal favorite math puzzles is the Safecracker 40. The brain teaser is based on a 1911 design and available once again in laser engraved alder wood. This is an ideal intermediate level of difficulty puzzle recommended for ages 12 and up.

    The idea of the puzzle is simple, just line up each of the 16 columns so that when added together each one equals 40. Sounds easy right? Well, not so fast! There are over 7,000 different possible configurations with only one providing the correct solution. This is not just a brute force style of puzzle, however. You will be able to logically work towards the solution by identifying the relationship of the numbers on each ring. Check out the video below for e full breakdown on how the Safecracker works by Creative Crafthouse Owner and Founder Dave Janelle.

    Read more »