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A challenging maze puzzle than can be played in more than four different ways. Read more

Phoenix, AZ Puzzles
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A challenging maze puzzle than can be played in more than four different ways.

Phoenix, AZ Puzzles
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If you miss the boat on the Kickstarter do not worry I will gladly fill request after the rewards have been met.  I can be reached through my Etsy Shop or by email.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLunaticProject

MJA979@YAHOO.COM

A solution to one Lunatic Revealed Maze Puzzle in Cherry Burl.

What early testers are saying:

"Gorgeous! Simply stunning!

I've been playing with mine and it is really tough. Trying to solve on sound is very hard. I'm only using one ball bearing but it comes with 2! One challenge is to solve with 2 balls simultaneously (either together or in opposite directions) I'm actually shuddering at how tough that's going to be."

- Kevin

In an effort to satisfy demand for larger mazes I am now offering four and five inch hidden mazes in Cherry, Walnut, and Maple Burls.

I am not yet able to offer this size in a "Not so Hidden Maze."

What others are saying about my previous mazes!

"The woods are wonderful, unique, unbelievable ... 2 wonderful pieces of art in my collection.

Thanks again."

- Gregory

"I like it!" 

- Greg

"The Cocobolo has really beautiful patterns and colors " "You've definitely improved the product."

- Stephen

"I received my maze yesterday. I am pleased and my 6 year old likes it too. It's interesting and obviously going to be a conversation piece." 

- Mary

"I was very pleased with the maze! Sort of... I mostly have used it as a talking point and a really gorgeous desk piece. That is all because I haven't had the time to sit down and try to solve it all in one sitting." 

- Evan

This is my maze that I have designed and perfected for over 15 years! I have had to sell off many tools as the years have gone by and I am now left with fewer than needed to make this new design more efficiently and safely. I have started this new Kickstarter in hopes of attaining several tools that would allow me to make the Lunatic for a price most people will feel is fair for such a hand crafted item.

The Build:

This was my second prototype I had built back in 2000.

This was a Purpleheart wood Maze I brought to market through Cleverwood in 2008.

This was a Maple Burl Maze I also brought to market through Cleverwood in 2008.

Some of the last Hidden Labyrinths I completed in 2013.

As You can see the concept has greatly improved do to the recent success of other Kickstarter projects.

This is the Lunatic Revealed!

The new  prototype build has been a pleasant challenge and I am glad to share it with you.  Wood can be unpredictable and for the figured mazes even more so!

Wow! Cherry Is My Favorite.

Solve Me!
Solve Me!

And now the rest of the Maze.

My latest maze creation I bring to torture your mind for hours.

The maze is now set inside an acrylic case so your path can be viewed.

Sounds easy right?  I have added a twist...or four!  The Labyrinth may not be so hidden but now you have two steel bearings to play with!

So let us begin!

The Maze is offered in Basswood, Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Cocobolo, Bocote, Padauk, and Amboyna. As well as figured Cherry, Maple, and Walnut.

Figured wood refers to burl, curly, or spalted grain patterns which offer a more unique appearance(Fancy Grain). These woods entail a longer labor time due to the careful workings of such wood and also an increased material cost. 

With the two steel bearing inside, this maze 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!

The exotic lineup: Cocobolo, Bocote, and Padauk.

The exotic lineup: Cocobolo.   $100 Pledge.

The exotic lineup: Bocote.  $100 Pledge.

The exotic lineup:  Padauk.  $100 Pledge.

The exotic lineup: Amboyna Burl. $150 Pledge.

The Less Exotic .

Figured Cherry. $85 Pledge.

Figured Walnut. $85 Pledge.

Figured Maple. $85 Pledge.

The Not so Exotic.

Basswood Natural or Dyed Blue, Red, or Green. $25 Pledge.

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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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Basswood with light sanding and a natural finish or dyed in green, red, or blue.
    Difficulty is easier than most.

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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Cherry.

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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Walnut.

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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Maple.

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    One Figured three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Maple.

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    One Figured three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Cherry.

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    One Figured three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Walnut.

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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Cocobolo (alternate available for international pledges).

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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Bocote.

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    One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Padauk.

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    A set of three Revealed Lunatic Mazes in Cherry, Walnut, and Maple. This set will have three different maze patterns to thrill you.

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    Limited - One three inch Revealed Lunatic Maze in Amboyna burl.

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    CHERRY, WALNUT, OR MAPLE BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 4.0 in. cubed with a Cherry, Walnut, or Maple Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $180.00 each Difficulty level: Hard

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    A set of three Figured Revealed Lunatic Mazes in Cherry, Walnut, and Maple. This set will have three different maze patterns to thrill you.

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    A set of four exotic Revealed Lunatic Mazes in Cocobolo (alt for international), Bocote, Hackberry, and Padauk. This set will have four different maze patterns to thrill you.

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    CHERRY, WALNUT, OR MAPLE BURL - One Lunatic measuring at 5.0 in. cubed with a Cherry, Walnut, or Maple Burl exterior with a clear coat finish. For additional mazes add $400.00 each Difficulty level: Insane Hard

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    Limited - The Masters Collection - Eight Unique Mazes!
    Each maze will be signed and numbered as part of a matched set.
    A set of five exotic Revealed Lunatic Mazes in Cocobolo (alt for international), Bocote, Hackberry, Padauk, Amboyna and a set of three Figured Revealed Lunatic Mazes in Cherry, Walnut, and Maple. This set will have eight different maze patterns to thrill you.

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