Puzzle Designers and Craftsmen
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Adrian Fisher Mazes Ltd
Creating an unusual, attractive, and tangled maze or labyrinth is a quite puzzling task itself. Adrian Fisher is a person who knows how to do this in the best way since he is the World’s leading maze designer. He has developed hundreds of mazes of numerous kinds, built of various materials in different places of many countries all over the World.
Akio Kamei has taken the beautiful and traditional Japanese secret boxes to a new and higher level and his exquisite craftsmanship is highly collectable.
A link to the amazing software ‘Burr Tools’ by Andreas Röver, that enables you to model, solve and design mechanical 3D and 2D puzzles.
Bart Buie is a craftsman and creator of precise, quality 3d mechanical puzzles often of Stewart Coffin’s designs.
Berend Meijer Puzzles
The website of puzzle designer Berend Meijer.
Bill Cutler Puzzles, Inc.
The website of Bill Cutler, one of the World’s greatest puzzlers who combines math, puzzle designing and computer programming. The Metagrobologist is a great fan of his Packing and box-filling puzzles.
Eric Fuller got hooked on puzzles during the winter of 2002 after purchasing a 27 move puzzle box on eBay. In the summer of 2003 he started to offer high-quality production and exclusively limited edition interlocking puzzles and puzzle boxes to puzzle enthusiasts worldwide.
Cleverwood founded in 1994 in Colorado Springs, USA is owned and run by Judy Richard and Cen Snyder has a huge selection of mechanical puzzles & gifts.
The website of Dan Feldman and his original puzzle lock known as the ‘DanLock’.
The website of David Litwin and his original twisty puzzles and others.
Edi Nagata – witfulnet
Japanese puzzle designer Edi Nagata has created some of the world’s most popular and beautiful packing problems.
GarE Maxton is a respected artist and designer of complex interlocking geometric metal sculptures and mechanical puzzles.
George W. Hart
George W. Hart is a professor at Stony Brook University. He is a dedicated collector and designer of mechanical puzzles and geometric sculptures and uses rapid prototyping (RP) technology for a range of purposes, including art, math, and education. Has anyone ever made his paper craft puzzle called ‘Frabjous’ out of 30 pieces of interwoven cardboard pieces? Let us know!
Over 40 years ago, Mike Fisher crafted his first Secret Box for his girlfriend. Since then, his passion for woodworking has grown into both a career and a world-renowned business, Heartwood Creations.
The website of puzzle designer Hideki Tsuiki, prof. of Kyoto University.
Hirokazu Iwasawa (Iwahiro)’s website introduces his puzzle designs in the Iwahiro’s Puzzles series. Every Iwahiro’s Puzzle has a clever and unusual idea behind it, and so some of them are prize winners of the prestigious Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition (est. 2001): Rectangular Jam got the Honorable Mention in July 2005 in Helsinki, Finland, at IPP25; The ODD Puzzle became the Puzzle of the Year of that Competition in August 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic, at IPP28.
Jean-Claude Constantin is a prolific German mechanical puzzle designer. His website provides links to his many laser-cut wood puzzles, metal puzzles.
The personal website and store of highly respected puzzle designer Jerry McFarland.
Kadon Enterprises, Inc.
Kadon Enterprises was founded in the Fall of 1979 by two married couples: Dick and Kate Jones, and Don and Nosi Burnham. The company’s goal was to make and sell high quality, boardgames, brainteasers, historical games, larger art pieces and puzzles that are a celebration of Mind—the uniquely human capacity to observe, learn, invent, imagine, reason and solve.
Kagen Sound (formerly Kagen Schaefer) is a full-time artist and woodworker who has been designing and making secret opening boxes for 12 years. He is acknowledged by the Karakuri Creation Group in Japan, a guild of secret opening box makers, as a master box maker.
Keith Winegar’s Wood Puzzles
The website of Keith Winegar, creator and designer of wooden band sawn puzzles.
Karakuri Creation Group
This is a group of craftsmen who create secret opening boxes and other tricky puzzles and produce them of nice wood and with the highest quality using traditional and developed techniques. Many fantastic puzzle makers are the group’s members, among them Akio Kamei, the World’s most renowned puzzle box creator and craftsman.
The puzzle website of American puzzle designer and puzzle box maker Kathleen Malcolmson.
The puzzle website of American puzzle designer and manufacturer Kim Klobucher and his exquisite looking hand-made, sequential movement puzzle boxes that require complicated moves to open.
The website of John and Jane Kostick, handcrafted mathematical constructions
and custom building work.
This website is owned by the prolific Russian puzzle designer Leonid Mochalov. The website is filled with information on numerical and visual puzzles as well as mechanical puzzles.
Mechanical puzzles and objects designed by the prolific designer Markus Götz.
Complex 3D interlocking puzzle cubes from some of the world’s top puzzle designers printed in tough nylon or solid stainless steel by puzzle designer, 3D Modeler, Product Designer and craftsman Richard Gain.
Mr. Puzzle Australia
Mr Puzzle’s Puzzles are manufactured by Brian Young (alias Mr Puzzle) in Queensland, Australia. He produces many handcrafted original wood and metal puzzles, some made by Brian Young, but many from other puzzle designers or puzzle manufacturers. His personal collection is now approaching 3000 pieces. His puzzles come in three ranges – Standard, Craftsman and his annual Limited Editions which are released just prior to Christmas each year and which are sought after by puzzle collectors.
Mechanical puzzles and objects designed by world renown Oskar Van Deventer. Since 1978, Oskar has been creating hundreds of mechanical puzzles, making him one of the world’s most prolific designers and many of these her only exist thanks to 3D printing technologies.
The puzzle website of German master puzzle lock designer Rainer Popp.
Lee Krasnow is a world famous designer of interlocking wooden puzzles, master puzzle-craftsman, and owner of Pacific Puzzleworks: a California based puzzle manufacturing business.
Pantazis Constantine Houlis
The website of Pantazis Constantine Houlis and his innovative new-concept puzzles.
The personal blog and store of Japanese puzzle designer Osanori Yamamoto.
Retired American puzzle prototyper George Miller, is the owner and operator of Sonoma, CA-based Puzzle Palace. An avid metagrobologist, George uses his unique craftsmanship, equipment and technology to make 2D and 3D puzzle prototypes for the world’s greatest designers. Many are often sold at his Puzzle Palace website.
Michael Toulouzas is an award-winning designer and creator of wooden mechanical puzzles. He always liked geometry and puzzles and started working with wood in 1995 when creating cabinets, furniture, woodturning and boxes. In 2014 he was awarded the Grand Puzzlers Award in the IPP design competition in London.
Puzzles designed by Alexandre Owen Muñiz.
Wayne Daniels Puzzles
The website of retired physicist and puzzle expert from Nevada, USA, who has designed and fabricated an ‘enormous array’ of highly collectable and technically stunning wooden puzzles.
Pantazis Constantine Houlis
Dr. Pantazis Constantine Houlis has a successful academic career as an Electric and Civil Engineer researcher and distinguished lecturer, whilst gathering a vast collection of thousands of puzzles, one-fifth of which are his own designs. He has an extraordinary history of inventing unique and novel concepts, and every single concept may be used to design a completely new stream of hundreds of puzzles.
Jeannette Aragon makes and sells handcrafted wooden puzzles and toys. At her website, you will find creatively designed, durably made, reasonably priced, heirloom quality, handcrafted wooden puzzles and toys that are safe and fun for all ages. They include jigsaw and name puzzles, educational puzzles and Waldorf-inspired toys, 3D and photo puzzles, and puzzles that can be created just for you.
Peter Rösler Puzzles.
The website of puzzle designer Peter Rösler.
Bernhard Schweitzer’s website is a place on the Web where you can see a comprehensive collection of different, nicely handcrafted wooden puzzles. And in addition, you can buy them directly at his website. The Puzzle Gallery presents puzzles in various categories.
The puzzle website of puzzle designer and collector Andreas Röver.
Mechanical hand machined Puzzles by Rocky chiaro constructed from solid Brass.
The personal blog of puzzle designer and collector Scott Elliott from Oregon, USA.
Scott T Peterson
Polyhedralpuzzles.com, is home of to the gallery and puzzle designs created by the craftsman and mechanical puzzle designer Scott T Peterson. Scott works full time as an engineer, and makes polyhedral puzzles as a hobby. Many of his beautiful Stewart Coffin designs are highly collectable.
Sonic Games(UK) is a specialist high quality puzzles and games company based in England. The company is run by Andrew Reeves, and entrepreneur and creator of the global isis adventure game.
Erik Johansson created many outstanding puzzles of different kinds. Some of them look just like simple toys, but do not be misled–quite unexpectedly they pose hard challenges. Just try to disconnect two wooden rings; or pair beads in a 4-bead necklace; or release a rope loop from a wire tangle; or made a 2-3-4 burr; or build a two-layered log pile. There is even much more to try and be amazed with.
Tom Jolly is a game designer, puzzle maker, electrical engineer, and astronautical engineer who is originally from El Segundo, California. He has produced a range of unique, popular puzzles including Tom’s Square Dance, Rattle Box and Packulier.
Phil is an independent artist/craftperson living and working in the Algarve in Portugal. His website offers a range of unique 3D Puzzles.
The website of Raf Peeters, product manager and puzzle/toy designer at Smart, a Belgian toy company.
Technology of Wonders
The work and art of the independent 3D mechanical puzzle designer and inventor Viktor Genel.
Ton Delsing Puzzles
Ton Delsing from the Netherlands is a collector, producer and designer of puzzles.
Trevor Wood Puzzles
Mechanical puzzles and objects designed by the hugely respected and collectable, retired metagrobologist Trevor Wood.
World of Wooden Puzzles
Karin & Jürg von Känel’s World of Wooden Puzzles documents the puzzles they have designed and made as well as some puzzles from their extensive collection.
William Waite’s Puzzlemist
William Waite is an American music composer, artist and puzzle designer and manufacturer living in Wisconsin, USA. He is a highly collectable puzzle craftsman who designs and creates geometric puzzles in small quantities as well as collaborating with other famous puzzle designers.
Tamás Vanyó (Tamas Vanyo) is a prolific and popular puzzle designer/craftsman from Hungary who has produced over 100 exotic puzzle burr designs.
Tom Lensch is a puzzle collector and puzzle craftsman extraordinaire. For almost two decades he makes different wooden puzzles of the highest quality. These are put-together, take-apart and interlocking puzzles which have extremely pleasant look and enjoyable play. Tom designs own puzzles, collaborates with many famous puzzle designers, and attends different international puzzle meetings.
The popular website of puzzle craftsman Brian Menold. Brian produces a steady stream of hand crafted mechanical puzzles made from domestic and imported hardwoods, hand sanded and finished.
The VIN&CO Website
Wooden puzzles which are thoroughly designed and crafted by Václav Obšívač are so perfect that they can be described as a Harmony in Wood. Just browse through all of his puzzle creations (more than 170 at the moment!) and you will hear that Harmony.
The website of puzzle designer Arthur Merganthaler.
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