Cleverwood, owned and operated by Mike & Judy Richard . . . . . is a fantastic source of the highest quality and best variety of genuine Japanese Puzzle boxes anywhere on the web, with absolutely beautiful koyosegi patterns, made by the actual craftsmen of Hakone, Japan . They also have a huge inventory of all sorts of other puzzle boxes made by various high-profile puzzle craftsmen such as: Cleverwood's own craftslady, Kathleen Malcolmson, who has since left the Cleverwood management, but is still making puzzle boxes for them - although to a much lesser frequency; and Cleverwood's exceptional onboard artists : Peter Chapman -- Jonathan McCabe -- Kagen Schaefer -- Eric Kelsic, and a new member, Randal Gatewood . . . . . whose very nicely adorned personal website, by the way, one can view at Quagmire Puzzle Boxes . While there, one can peruse a wealth of expert information in regards to his woodworking techniques that ultimately result in his exceptional works of art .
. . . . . Also to mention the beautiful trick puzzle boxes by Heartwood Creations .
. . . . . There are 3D mechanical puzzles of several catagory types - including a generous variety of burrs - by such renown craftsmen and international manufacturers as: Stewart Coffin -- Pentangle of England -- Bernhard Schweitzer of Germany -- Patrick Farvarque of France -- Jason Pelletier of Canada -- Zora Brunette and Louis Toorenburg of New Zealand -- Vaclav Obsivac of the Czech Republic , and many more . . . . . also to mention the kumiki Japanese wood burrs incorporating structural and figural shapes, made out of Japanese Ho wood, also known as Boku or Japanese Magnolia - “Magnolia Hypoleuca” . . . . . such as those you see below .
Basket Weave Burr
Kumiki Lantern (medium)
Kumiki Torii Gateway
Kumiki mini Sparkle Burr
Also known as Wooden Spikes on Bits & Pieces' online catalog; Alien DNA . . . made in China for Accoutrements; Trix Stix . . . from PuzzlesDownUnder's webpage and Tangle . . . by Pussy (manufacturer in Germany) . .
Kumiki Squashed Blossom Burr
mini Round Flower Burr
Gravity Pin puzzle box
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Made out of Burl Walnut and Maple, with leaf inlay .
SeeSaw puzzle box
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Made out of Maple, Bubinga and Cherry
Rock--It puzzle box
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Made out of Bird's-eye Maple, Bubinga and Maple
"All STAR-ART Geo-Logic Puzzles have 6 pieces, for each puzzle. These 6 pieces are IDENTICAL IN SHAPE. There is no 'key piece' to find and push. All Puzzles can be simple, and quite gently, TUGGED - PULLED - WIGGLED "AP-ART" ("Sculpture That Comes Apart"). All come apart with a dramatic scattering of the pieces.
The 8 puzzles covered under this line are:
CETUS -- TAURI -- ARIES -- NOVA -- SPIRUS -- UNI -- GALAXY -- GALAXIES UNLIMITED
Geo-Logic molds are finished to tolerances of +/- 0.001"; molded parts must be held to +/- 0.003" overall for the proper balance between frustration and reward . . . to give you FITS.
STAR-ART, Sculpture That Comes Apart, Geo-Logic Puzzles, by S.T.Coffin for Nylon Products Corporation, Clinton, Mass. 01510
CETUS, the PLATONIC TETRAHEDRON member of the Geo-Logic Puzzle Family; recommended for all ages , 6 to 90.
CETUS, the simplest-looking Geo-Logic Puzzle, is not all that simple. The Greek mathematician/philosopher Plato found the tetrahedron, simplest of the Platonic solids, to be one of the most interesting. Before learning how to take this sculptured puzzle version apart, look through several of a transparent CETUS' small "windows" for a neat color-blending lesson. The hollow shape inside is a rhombic dodecahedron. It will hold a ring, sea shell, or other small gift, or the knotted end of a thread or fish-line hanger.
TAURI, the ILLUSION OF SPINNING Geo-Logic Puzzle, for ADULTS of all ages.
TAURI is named for the youngest class of stars -- T-TAURI -- whose erratic changes in brightness give the illusion of spinning. After much use, your TAURI can be spun apart; for now, tug gently at any two pairs of opposite "tunnel ends". Oops! Make your head spin? Those 6 identically-shaped pieces now need an astronaut's extra-dimesional thinking and cool dexterity to coax them back into structured order.
ARIES, the RAMbunctious Geo-Logic Puzzle.
ARIES is the constellation named after the RAM of the Golden Fleece, and First Sign of The Zodiac. Find ARIES' two rams-head profiles? ARIES' shape also suggests an astronaut's module (several ARIES can be stacked together in several ways which are also rocket-like). Since "astronaut" comes from Jason, the Argonaut, who sought the RAM, don't let this Geo-Logic Puzzle fleece you. Cool sharp wits and astronaut dexterity will master ARIES RAMbunctious qualities every time. (Some of the time?). Trouble can start as you begin to look for ways to take ARIES apart -- it can "self-destruct" into 6 just-alike asteroidal pieces, leaving no re-joining clues. If it does not, tug gently with opposed thumb-and-fingertip pairs at individual pieces of ARIES' "neck" and, say, "nose" or either "horn". If nothing gives, shift your grip -- either hand -- to another piece. When you feel loosening, PULL. RAMbunctious! If you still have hold of a piece or two, fine. But ARIES, like all five Geo-Logic Puzzles, has no "key piece"; it has 6. These unique pieces may be laid out flat in some interesting patterns, but that doesn't restore ARIES, the RAM.
NOVA, the mysteriously beautiful but infuriatingly changeable Geo-Logic Puzzle. Not for children!
NOVA is the subtle, serenely sculptured but excessively changeable Geo-Logic Puzzle. Like the strange starts of the same name, NOVA can be made to expand apart by slow wiggling tugging at any two (of six) opposite pieces. (It takes careful looking to find those). Unique among all known puzzles, the 6 geometrically-identical NOVA pieces will first all move away from one another uniformly; then, at an unpredictable "critical point", ERUPT! Just like celestial NOVAE, which expand, then erupt, unpredictably.
SPIRUS is the LAW AND ORDER Geo-Logoc Puzzle, also called SPINEY NERVE WRACKER, a real ADULT toy.
SPIRUS is the Geo-Logic Puzzle which tells us that those spiral galaxies which look so graceful through a telescope may be sharply forbidding environments for humans who venture too close. (This puzzle not advised for young children!) Tugged apart without force or violence along any of 4 axes (find 'em? OOPS!) SPIRUS' jagged pieces demonstrate how important the law of gravity is to our orderly universe. Gather them up; yes, they are identical in shape. LAW AND ORDER will help you to re-sculpt SPIRUS into its "frozen motion" whole.
UNI, the UNIversal puzzle link that provides the nucleous of a whole UNIverse of Geo-Logic STAR-ART puzzles.
UNI, is a stellar spectacle in itself, but dozens of GALAXY combinations result when the UNI's six identical pieces link up with ARIES, NOVA AND SPIRUS. You may find UNI coeducational -- so difficult to handle that you need a partner to hold one 3-piece stelliform while you mate the other one.
GALAXY is the most unique 3-dimensional Geo-Logic puzzle in the world.
GALAXY is an interlocking combination of 6 puzzles (2 ARIES, 1 UNI, 2 NOVA and 1 SPIRUS). This is a total of 36 pieces.
Dozens of varieties of GALAXY are possible -- all require dexterity, imagination, perserverence and artistic appreciation.
There is no limit to the variety of GALAXIES that can be created.
Shown left is a picture of a box that shows two of these puzzles -- ARIES, UNI . . .
made by another manufacturer, Samuel Ward Company.
You'll notice that their version of Skor-Mor's ARIES is spelled a little differently
This pic is courtesy of Tom Vigneau.
XEON . . . The Molecule Puzzle . . . injected-molded version of Stewart Coffin's wood original of the Altekreuse puzzle . This one's a hot item . . . it's got heat fins on it . (not part of the Geo-Logic line, but still made by Skor-Mor).
Not quite a symmetrical shape . . . a couple of odd parts make it slightly amorphous ! (a hybrid from mixing parts of the regular names in the series).
Aries An injected-molded version of Stewart Coffin's 4 Corners
inner structure is taken from Stewart Coffin's design in his hardwood version by the same name ! (not part of the Geo-Logic line, but still made by Skor-Mor).