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The Lunatic is a cubic maze adventure crafted in a variety of exotic woods that may just cause you to lose your mind!
The Lunatic is a cubic maze adventure crafted in a variety of exotic woods that may just cause you to lose your mind!
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FOR ADDITIONAL MAZES FROM NOW (18 JUL 2012) TO END OF PROJECT ADD ADDITIONAL COSTS TO ORIGINAL BACKING LESS 10% OF ADDITIONAL MAZE!!!

FOR EXAMPLE WITH A $70.00 MAZE WHEN AN ADDITIONAL MAZE IS ADDED PLEDGE AMOUNT WILL NOW BE $133.00.

$70.00 + ($70 x 90%) = $133.00

The Giant Maze is now offered!!!

8 INCHES! Multiple Entrances and Exits With One Sliding Panel - please specify the desired type of wood. One Lunatic measuring at 8 inches cubed with a Red Oak, Redwood Burl, Maple Burl, Purple Heartwood, Spalted Maple, Walnut, or Cocobolo exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $900.00 each with free shipping outside of the continental United States. Difficulty level: Easy Medium (add $50.00 each) Hard (add $100.00 each)

NEW OFFER - One Lunatic measuring at 2.0 in. cubed with a figured exterior of your choice with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $60.00 each and $12.00 each for shipping outside of the continental United States. Difficulty level: Medium

Tamarind Burl is available in a 3 inch maze starting at $110.00.
Tamarind Burl is available in a 3 inch maze starting at $110.00.

Tamarind Burl is very Rare and only found in South East Asia!

CAMPHOR BURL is available in a 3 inch maze starting at $110.00.
CAMPHOR BURL is available in a 3 inch maze starting at $110.00.

Camphor Burl is also quite rare!

Curly Satinwood is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $110.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Curly Satinwood is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $110.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.

I began my first cube maze in High school over 15 years ago. The idea came out of boredom as the typical wood shop projects where to me. At that time it was very simple and made up of just a few layers and held together with toothpicks. (I was against glue and nails at this time).  The "ball" was actually a pencil eraser.  

My Next go at my idea came later, near 2000-01.  I again tried to make a maze in layers and this time three inches cubed.  The layer design proved to be labor intensive and at a cost unreasonable for retail.  At the same time I was working on the larger size I decided to make a much smaller maze about key chain size.  This size again proved difficult since I now had less material to put my maze pattern in.  This is where I had my eureka moment!  What if I drilled the pattern into a solid block and then capped the extra holes?!  It worked I had a maze that functioned properly and I could build and sell retail and a very modest price....  One problem most people did not find it attractive as I did and thought it looked more like dice!!!  I was crushed.

My last attempt did not happen until 2007-08.  I was doing research and stumbled upon a website called Cleverwood.com.  This website would buy my maze if they found it worthy and from what I saw this niche market might make another attempt worth while.  I took what I learn from my preveous endevors and set out to achieve success.  I did more research and learned about some exciting exotic woods.  I relized the internals of the maze are more functional than astetical pleasing to the eye and therfore should not be seen.  I made my first prototype and sent it for submital with Cleverwood.  The prototype was a bit rough but attracted their interests and I recieved my first two orders.  I began trying to make my Maple Burl mazes and found disaster!  The Burl I had purchaced at a local wood store was damp and after I had cut my pieces they shrunk, curled, and cracked!  I had purchaced an uncured burl and it had become a costly lesson.  I found a less attractive burl and was able to finish my order but at a loss by the time I finished.  I then waited....  The economy went into a further decline and orders did not continue.  My mazes in Purple Heartwood can still be seen at Cleverwood. 

http://www.cleverwood.com/the_lunatic.htm

Now we come to the present.  I have found much better suppliers of excellent exotic woods to give my mazes the proper character they project.  I have fewer tools than I once had and now hope to rebuild my wood shop.  So far I have been blessed with some awesome backers, and I thank you all!

And now we begin again...

Each Lunatic is unique, being crafted with a solid core with a Spalted Maple, Maple Burl, American Walnut Burl, Cocobolo, Padauk, or Red Oak exterior. It is a hidden maze puzzle. The ball is dropped in either entry and the attempt to exit in the fewest number of moves begins. 

Just eye candy!  Amboyna Burl in back and in front from left to right Maple Burl,  Cocobolo, and Red Oak.
Just eye candy! Amboyna Burl in back and in front from left to right Maple Burl, Cocobolo, and Red Oak.
Redwood Burl is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $70.00 each. More challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $125.00 and $300.00 each respectively.
Redwood Burl is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $70.00 each. More challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $125.00 and $300.00 each respectively.
Satinwood Burl is available in a 3 inch maze starting at $110.00.  This is a fantastic wood from the Pacific region.
Satinwood Burl is available in a 3 inch maze starting at $110.00. This is a fantastic wood from the Pacific region.
VERY LIMITED!  WOW!  Stabilized Box Elder Burl. -  The Fantasy Maze currently only has one available at $150.00 for medium or $200.00 for hard.
VERY LIMITED! WOW! Stabilized Box Elder Burl. - The Fantasy Maze currently only has one available at $150.00 for medium or $200.00 for hard.
Maple Burl is currently offered in several sizes, a 2 inch maze starting at $50.00 each, a 3 inch maze at $70.00 each. More challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $125.00 and $300.00 each respectively.
Maple Burl is currently offered in several sizes, a 2 inch maze starting at $50.00 each, a 3 inch maze at $70.00 each. More challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $125.00 and $300.00 each respectively.
Claro Walnut Burl is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $85.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Claro Walnut Burl is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $85.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Purple Heartwood is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $70.00 each. More challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Purple Heartwood is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $70.00 each. More challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Cocobolo is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $110.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Cocobolo is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $110.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
AMBOYNA BURL is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $110.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
AMBOYNA BURL is currently offered in several sizes, a 3 inch maze at $110.00 each and more challenging 3.5 and 5 inch mazes with multiple entrances and exits begin at $175.00 and $450.00 each respectively.
Figured Cocobolo.
Figured Cocobolo.
Red Oak.
Red Oak.

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    LIMITED - AMBOYNA BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Amboyna Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $110.00 each and $12.00 each for shipping outside of the continental United States. I have a limited quantity of this fantastic burl. Difficulty level: Easy Difficulty level: Medium (add $5.00 each) Difficulty level: Hard (add $15.00 each)

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