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The Labyrinth adventure crafted in a variety of exotic woods that may just cause you to lose your mind.
The Labyrinth adventure crafted in a variety of exotic woods that may just cause you to lose your mind.
15 backers pledged $1,800 to help bring this project to life.

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The Lunatics.
The Lunatics.

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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.  

I have created this Kickstarter to help me rebuild my workshop. This is my dream to design, build, and distribute a gem. This Lunatic is a hidden maze where the object of the game is to place a steel ball in an entrance and navigate blindly until your mind is lost and the exit is discovered. In this Kickstarter I am offering several sizes of "Lunatics" in many different woods. Some are very exotic and Exhibition quality wood grains. Some varieties of wood are quite rare and will not be offered again after supply is exhausted.

EXHIBITION GRADE Amboyna Burl #1
EXHIBITION GRADE Amboyna Burl #1
EXHIBITION GRADE Amboyna Burl #1
EXHIBITION GRADE Amboyna Burl #1

Only a few of these mazes will be available. - Very Limited- QTY 5

EXHIBITION GRADE - Amboyna Burl #2
EXHIBITION GRADE - Amboyna Burl #2

Only a few of these mazes will be available. - Very Limited- QTY 4

EXHIBITION GRADE - Satinwood Burl
EXHIBITION GRADE - Satinwood Burl

Only a few of these mazes will be available. - Very Limited-  QTY 2

EXHIBITION GRADE - Redwood Burl
EXHIBITION GRADE - Redwood Burl

Only a few of these mazes will be available. - Very Limited- QTY 10

FIGURED COCOBOLO
FIGURED COCOBOLO

Only a few of these mazes will be available. - Very Limited- QTY 5

Padauk
Padauk

Padauk Is Limited to 16 Mazes.

EXHIBITION QUALITY - Velvet Tamarind Burl
EXHIBITION QUALITY - Velvet Tamarind Burl

Velvet Tamarind Burl will be available as a two tone accent. 

Only a few of these mazes will be available. - Very Limited- QTY 10

Mazes are offered in Maple Burl, Redwood Burl, Amboyna Burl, Satinwood Burl, Curly Satinwood, Dyed Box Elder Burl, Figured Walnut with Tamarind Burl Accents, Figured Cocobolo, Padauk, Walnut, and Red Oak.

Maple Burl and Red Oak will also be offered in 4 inch and 5 inch sizes.

Santinwood Burl Maze
Santinwood Burl Maze

Very Limited.

Amboyna Burl Mazes.
Amboyna Burl Mazes.

The Exhibition Quality Amboyna Is Very Limited.

Red Oak Mazes
Red Oak Mazes

Unlimited Red Oak Options!

Redwood Burl Mazes
Redwood Burl Mazes

I love the wood grain on this Redwood Burl!

Cocobolo Maze
Cocobolo Maze

The Color of Cocobolo Is Fantastic, But the Sawdust Makes Me Sneeze... 

A Lot!!!

Figured Walnut With Tamarind Burl Accents.
Figured Walnut With Tamarind Burl Accents.

The Accents Have A Wonderful Contrast.

Ball Is Ready To Start!!!
Ball Is Ready To Start!!!

The Cocobolo Accents Turned Out Better Than I Had Expected.

The Maple Burl Is Also Offered In Unlimited Quantity.

Risks and challenges

The potential setbacks I foresee:

-Premature tool wear.
-Material not behaving as expected.
-Time management.

These issues will be built into my material cost and time deadlines.

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    RED OAK - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 in. cubed with a Red Oak exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $50.00 each
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    MAPLE BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 in. cubed with a Maple Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $75.00 each. Difficulty level: Medium

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    PADAUK - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Padauk exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $80.00 each.
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    EXHIBITION GRADE REDWOOD BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 in cubed with a Redwood Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $85.00 each. Difficulty level: Hard

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    FIGURED COCOBOLO - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Figured Cocobolo exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $90.00 each.
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    CURLY SATINWOOD - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Curly Satinwood exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $90.00 each.
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    MAPLE BURL w/ACCENTS - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 in. cubed with a Maple Burl and Cocobolo accents exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $90.00 each. Difficulty level: Hard

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    AMBOYNA BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Amboyna Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $100.00 each.
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    EXHIBITION GRADE SATINWOOD BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Tamarind or Satinwood Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. Difficulty level: Medium

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    FIGURED WALNUT WITH VELVET TAMARIND BURL TRIM - One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Figured Walnut and Tamarind Burl Trim exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $150.00 each.
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    RED OAK - One Lunatic measuring at 4.0 in. cubed with a Red Oak exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $120.00 each
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    EXHIBITION GRADE AMBOYNA BURL #2- One Lunatic measuring at 3.0 inch in Amboyna Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $150.00 each.
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    MAPLE BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 4.0 in. cubed with a Maple Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $180.00 each
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    RED OAK - One Lunatic measuring at 5.0 in. cubed with a Red Oak exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $230.00 each
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