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A Variety of Handcrafted Maze Puzzles in Exotic Woods to Expand The Mind With Multiple Ways to Play.
A Variety of Handcrafted Maze Puzzles in Exotic Woods to Expand The Mind With Multiple Ways to Play.
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NEW REWARDS!

Now offering Amboyna Burl, Red Mallee Burl, Desert Ironwood, Black Ash Burl, Bocote, and Flame Box Elder in Pocket versions.  Amboyna Burl has also been included in a limited Revealed edition maze versions 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Flame Box Elder, Bocote, and Black Ash Burl.
Flame Box Elder, Bocote, and Black Ash Burl.
 
A Few Recent Pocket Edition Maze Puzzles.  From top left: Desert Ironwood, Maple, Walnut, Red Mallee Burl, Honduran Rosewood Burl, and Amboyna Burl.
A Few Recent Pocket Edition Maze Puzzles. From top left: Desert Ironwood, Maple, Walnut, Red Mallee Burl, Honduran Rosewood Burl, and Amboyna Burl.

The first 25 rewards will be sent out by the end of March! 

The second 25 rewards will be sent out by the end of April.

We have one stretch goal to achieve of $5000. When we reach this goal the Hybrid Lunatic Maze will be unlocked.  The Lunatic Hybrid Maze Puzzle is a contained revealed maze without an acrylic case. In other words besides the steel bearings pure natural wood!

CONGRATULATIONS WE HAVE MET OUR INITIAL GOAL!

The purpose of my project to to develop my current Lunatic Revealed Pocket Edition Maze Puzzle.

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

My Dream:

This has been my ambition to provide portable puzzles that will stimulate the eye as well as the brain.  I began efforts on a basic design many years ago.  That design took a lot of labor to produce and was not as visually appealing as I had hoped. As time has passed and ideas have blossomed my Maze puzzles have become a work of art that I greatly enjoy sharing.

My Puzzles:

I now am able to offer several varieties of Maze Puzzles: The Lunatic Hidden, Revealed, Revealed Pocket Edition, and The Lunatic Hybrid (Locked).  The Larger Revealed and Hidden Mazes have four different maze patterns or versions to choose from.  I have also selected several exotic woods from around the Globe to help stimulate the Minds Eye.

Check out this review from Kevin Sadler's PuzzleMad Blog!

http://www.puzzlemad.co.uk/2013/08/200-posts-i-have-been-very-bad.html

Domestic Woods Offered:

Maple, Walnut, Cherry, Cedar, Black Ash, Desert Ironwood, and Flame Box Elder are all found domestically in The United States.

Exotic Woods Offered:

Wenge, Amboyna, Cocobolo, Bocote, Malaysian Blackwood, and Honduran Rosewood.

Burl - Some Maze Puzzles are offered in Burl woods.  Burls are an unusual growth on a tree which may 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:

With the two steel bearing inside, these mazes can 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!

Maze Puzzle Patterns or Versions 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Maze Puzzle Patterns or Versions 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Rewards:

Some woods offered are very costly, difficult to obtain, and may not be offered in the Lunatic Revealed style.

Reward #1 The Lunatic Pocket Edition. $25 (My Newest Version)

This puzzle is offered in one maze pattern and three woods Cherry, Maple, and Walnut. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 1"

Reward #2 CLOSED The Lunatic Pocket Edition with Exotic Woods. (First Week Incentive.) $50

This puzzle is offered in one maze pattern and in the wood of your choosing from all woods offered. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 1"

Reward #3 The Lunatic Revealed. $50

This puzzle is offered in four maze patterns and Four woods Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Cedar. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 3"

Red Ceder Revealed Maze. (Version 1)
Red Ceder Revealed Maze. (Version 1)

Reward #4 The Lunatic Hidden or Revealed. $85

This puzzle is offered in four maze patterns and several woods Maple Burl, Walnut Burl, Cherry Burl, Flame Box Elder, Black Ash Burl, Desert Ironwood, Cocobolo, Wenge, and Bocote. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 3"

Cherry, Walnut, and Maple Burl Revealed Mazes. (Version 1)
Cherry, Walnut, and Maple Burl Revealed Mazes. (Version 1)
Flame Box Elder.
Flame Box Elder.
Black Ash Burl Revealed Maze. (Version 1)
Black Ash Burl Revealed Maze. (Version 1)
Desert Ironwood.
Desert Ironwood.
Cocobolo Hidden Maze. (Version 1)
Cocobolo Hidden Maze. (Version 1)
Cocobolo Revealed Maze. (Version 3)
Cocobolo Revealed Maze. (Version 3)
Wenge.
Wenge.
Bocote Revealed Maze. (Version 4)
Bocote Revealed Maze. (Version 4)

Reward #5 The Lunatic Hidden and Revealed. $100

This puzzle is offered in four maze patterns and in Malaysian Blackwood, Figured Cocobolo, and now Red Mallee Burl.  Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 3"

Malaysian Blackwood.
Malaysian Blackwood.
Figured Cocobolo Revealed Maze. (Version 1)
Figured Cocobolo Revealed Maze. (Version 1)
Figured Cocobolo Hidden Maze. (Version 1)
Figured Cocobolo Hidden Maze. (Version 1)
Red Mallee Burl.
Red Mallee Burl.

Reward #6 The Lunatic Hidden. $150

This puzzle is offered in four maze patterns and two woods Honduran Rosewood Burl and Amboyna Burl. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 3"

Honduran Rosewood Burl.
Honduran Rosewood Burl.
Amboyna Burl Hidden Maze. (Version 1)
Amboyna Burl Hidden Maze. (Version 1)

Reward # ? The Lunatic Hybrid Edition.  LOCKED. (Stretch Goal of $5000.)

The Lunatic Hybrid will be a revealed maze puzzle without an acrylic case, but remained contained.  This Maze Puzzle will become available if funding reaches $5000.  This version requires expensive tools and tooling to be feasible.

As interest dictates I may offer other woods and larger Hidden Mazes.

Risks and challenges

My biggest risk is unexpected time restraints that may be brought upon by life.

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    EARLY BIRD (FIRST WEEK INCENTIVE.) The Lunatic Revealed Pocket Edition. This puzzle is offered in one maze pattern in the wood of your choosing from all woods offered. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 1"

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    NEW REWARD The Lunatic Revealed Pocket Edition. This puzzle is offered in one maze pattern in Desert Ironwood, Flame Box Elder, Black Ash Burl, Bocote or Red Mallee Burl. Dimensions: ~ 3" x 3" x 1"

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