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Phoenix, AZ Puzzles
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A Variety Of Maze Puzzles In Exotic Woods That Are More Complicated Than Ever To Capture Your Mind!

Phoenix, AZ Puzzles
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Kicking it up a notch!

Making my puzzles even harder with the addition of another channel in the given space. 

The importance of puzzles: 

Exercising our brain as we age gracefully can at times be difficult do to available time and other responsibilities, but who really suffers? We all do! Recent studies have shown that mental exercise is very important and can have a profound impact later in life. Taken from a recent article on The Calagary Hearld titled "Daily Puzzle Keeps Brain Sharp" By Sarah Knapton, London Daily Telegraph "George Rebok, an expert on aging and a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said: "What we found was pretty astounding. Ten years after the training, the effects were durable for the reasoning and the speed training." 

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/seniors/Daily+puzzle+keeps+brain+sharp/9389092/story.html#ixzz2rzWx3dqS

The Lunatic Hybrid: What makes it a Hybrid Maze Puzzle? These maze puzzles are "Hybrid" in that they are viewable like the acrylic encased Revealed Maze Puzzle and yet completely surrounded with wood like the Hidden Puzzle version. The external grooves are too small for the ball to come out. If you prefer a traditional exit and start hole (So the Ball Bearings can be removed) please message me.  

Mesquite, Buckeye, Amboyna, Black Ash, Coolibah, Brown Mallee, and Flame Box Elder.
Mesquite, Buckeye, Amboyna, Black Ash, Coolibah, Brown Mallee, and Flame Box Elder.

I am now able to offer Hidden Maze puzzles 5" x 5" x 3" ($300 - $500 depending on woods used and Hidden or Hybrid selection). These puzzles take much more time to complete and will be offered in some fantastic woods to include Mesquite Burl, Buckeye Burl, Amboyna Burl, Black Ash Burl, Coolabah Burl, Brown Mallee and Flame Box Elder.

My Purpose: I am Marcus Allred a simple woodworker looking to develop new puzzle designs and moving my woodworking hobby into something more. This project is to assist in gaining better quality tools to create superior puzzles.  

My Dream: Woodworking has been my ambition but has not been sufficient in supporting a big family. I began dabbling in efforts to create a unique puzzle almost 14 years ago. The first designs were labor intensive and not visually appealing. As time has passed my puzzle designing and building skills have intensely improved. My mazes have really blossomed into not only a fun game but an eye-popping piece of art as well. My dream is to continuing provide portable puzzles that will stimulate the eye as well as the brain.  

My Puzzles: I now am able to offer two varieties of Hybrid puzzles. The Hybrid Cubic Lunatic and Hybrid Lunatic Pocket Edition are available in Maple, Walnut and Cherry Burls. 

Production: Production takes place currently in my designated work space my wonderful wife has allowed me to make a sawdust playground, our garage. Each evening I continually work to improve my designs and stretch my capabilities. More tools are soon needed to be more efficient in production.  

Burl - You will notice that some mazes are offered in burl. Burls are an unusual growth on a tree. These growths may or may not have been caused by injury or stress. The beautiful figured grain of a burl can often be described as Eye, Lace, or Curly figure.  

How To Play: Two steel bearings inside these mazes enable the puzzle to be played many different ways.  

A few ways include:  

 1. Traditional - Both bearings needing to make it from one end to the next.

 2. Each ball must make it to opposite ends to completed the game.

 3. Each ball must make it to opposite ends to completed the game and without either ball touching while en route.

 4. Each ball must make it to opposite ends without returning to the point of origin, or in other words each ball can not reach the others destination. And any other way that your creative mind can conjure!

Gallery:

Www.facebook.com/lunaticmazes

Cherry Burl Hybrid Pocket Edition.
Cherry Burl Hybrid Pocket Edition.
Hybrid Cubic Maze Puzzle In Walnut Burl.
Hybrid Cubic Maze Puzzle In Walnut Burl.
Hidden Maze Puzzle Pocket Edition In Maple.
Hidden Maze Puzzle Pocket Edition In Maple.
Cocobolo Hidden Puzzle.
Cocobolo Hidden Puzzle.
Bocote Revealed Maze Puzzle.
Bocote Revealed Maze Puzzle.
Black Ash Burl Revealed Pocket Edition.
Black Ash Burl Revealed Pocket Edition.
Stretched Maze Puzzle In Flame Box Elder.
Stretched Maze Puzzle In Flame Box Elder.
Stretched Maze Puzzle In Maple Burl.
Stretched Maze Puzzle In Maple Burl.

REWARDS:

Some rewards are limited based upon the availability of some burls. As more burls are acquired the limited numbers may be lifted.

#1. One Pocket Edition Hidden or Revealed Maze Puzzle in Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, Or Walnut Burl With A Heart Of Walnut. Puzzle Measures Approximately 3" x 3" x 1.5". Add $10 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

#2. One Cubic Hidden or Revealed Maze Puzzle in Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, Or Walnut Burl With A Heart Of Walnut. Puzzle Measures Approximately 3" x 3" x 3". Add $25 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

#3. One Sandwich Hidden Maze Puzzle in your choice of two woods: Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, Or Walnut Burl With A Heart Of Walnut. Puzzle Measures Approximately 6" x 3" x 1.5". Add $25 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

#4. One Stretched Hidden Maze Puzzle in Mesquite Burl, Buckeye Burl, Black Ash Burl, Coolabah Burl, Brown Mallee Burl, and Flame Box Elder. Approximately 6" x 3" x 3". Add $50 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

#5. One Stretched Hidden Maze Puzzle in Amboyna Burl. Approximately 6" x 3" x 3". Add $50 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

#6. One Large Hidden Maze Puzzle in Mesquite Burl, Buckeye Burl, Black Ash Burl, Coolibah Burl, Brown Mallee Burl, and Flame Box Elder. Approximately 5" x 5" x 3". Add $100 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

#7. One Large Hidden Maze Puzzle in Amboyna Burl. Approximately 5" x 5" x 3". Add $100 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

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    2 backers

    One Pocket Edition Hidden or Revealed Maze Puzzle in Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, Or Walnut Burl With A Heart Of Walnut. Puzzle Measures Approximately 3" x 3" x 1.5".

    Add $10 for a Hybrid version.

    Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $75 or more

    2 backers

    One Cubic Hidden or Revealed Maze Puzzle in Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, Or Walnut Burl With A Heart Of Walnut. Puzzle Measures Approximately 3" x 3" x 3".

    Add $25 for a Hybrid version.

    Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $80 or more

    1 backer

    One Sandwich Hidden Maze Puzzle in your choice of two woods: Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, Or Walnut Burl With A Heart Of Walnut. Puzzle Measures Approximately 6" x 3" x 1.5". Add $25 for a Hybrid version. Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    One Stretched Hidden Maze Puzzle in Mesquite Burl, Buckeye Burl, Black Ash Burl, Coolabah Burl, Brown Mallee Burl, and Flame Box Elder. Approximately 6" x 3" x 3".

    Add $50 for a Hybrid version.

    Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $200 or more

    0 backers

    One Stretched Hidden Maze Puzzle in Amboyna Burl. Approximately 6" x 3" x 3".

    Add $50 for a Hybrid version.

    Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $300 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    One Large Hidden Maze Puzzle in Mesquite Burl, Buckeye Burl, Black Ash Burl, Coolibah Burl, Brown Mallee Burl, and Flame Box Elder. Approximately 5" x 5" x 3".

    Add $100 for a Hybrid version.

    Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    One Large Hidden Maze Puzzle in Amboyna Burl. Approximately 5" x 5" x 3".

    Add $100 for a Hybrid version.

    Each Puzzle Will Be Signed and Numbered.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

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