Double Kumiki – Wood art made in Japan

Double Kumiki – Wood art made in Japan


Hi, and welcome to another episode of Mr. Puzzle. Today, we will have a look at the puzzle in this box here. And this is called the Double Kumiki puzzle. Kumiki, I’m not sure if I pronounce it right. Probably not, but, Kumiki is a Japanese words, and it means to join wood together. This can be puzzle boxes or any kind of wood puzzles that are assembled out of many parts. The puzzle here I got from The Art of Play. The Art of Play is a, is a web store, and the website is artofplay.com. I will put you also the link in the description where you can find it, and also where you can buy this puzzle. And they sent me this puzzle. And they usually sell a lot of high quality stuff. So, they, they specialized in in selling playing cards, but also they say, sell puzzles and some amusement toys. So, and all of their stuff is very high quality. So, all, also this one. And this one, for example, is made out of walnut wood, and the parts are absolutely flawless. You can already see some marks on some of them because I handled them several times, and some, some of them fall down, and definitely see some small marks and scratches. But if you received them you can already see it here. It’s very well crafted. The wood is very light. And it is really, really nice, and a really nice feeling to handle them. So, the puzzle contains twelve parts overall. It comes in this box. There’s also a solution, but of course we will not have a look at the solution. I mean. And the only hint you have is, or I had, was the picture from the website where the puzzle was completely shown. I will, it looks like I show you right now here on the right side. So it’s a puzzle that looks very complicated when it’s assembled, and also it is kind of challenging to assemble it. But also, at the same time, it looks very nice, because it has this kind of, it’s a, it’s a real eye-catcher. Due to the many parts and the very complex structure, it’s a real eye-catcher. How to assemble it, I will show you after the spoiler break. Okay, how to assemble this one. Well, first, let’s see how these parts look like. So, as you see here, they look all similar. If you take them all out, you notice that three of them look different, which are these three here. It seems they have an additional cutout. So these have, these here have two cutouts This one here has two and another one here. So therefore, so now we put these aside, and we start only with the three of the ones here of the group with the two cutouts. So, for these three, we start building a shape. It looks like this over here. You will see in a minute why. Because when we start like this, we can also attach to these three more of these wooden parts. And it looks like this. And what’s also complicated on this one is not only the fact that it’s, that you need to, about how to join these parts together, but also the handling is very difficult, because usually we have only two hands, at least all people I know, and this can be already be a big challenge to handle this all, or to keep it all together with only one hand, while the other hand is needed for the assembly. So. Then, next, we take the last three of the parts with the two cutouts, and we will put them here inside in a way that we can put it together, but we need to take care not to assemble them completely, and push them already here in this notch because first, all of them need to be in place, like this. So now they, now they are still loose, and now I will try to join them here with the other parts by just slightly push, pushing them down, and connecting them here to the other parts. And when this has happened, as now, you can see it’s not fully inside, but it’s already connected. Now it’s kind of stable. So I carefully push them down until the very end, as far as, as far as I can go, Step by step. We also don’t want to damage anything. And now we will handle the last three parts. And they are somehow different, and you will now understand why they are different. If you put them together in the same way as the other parts before, you will end up in a shape that looks like this. Also similar as before. But, due to the additional cutouts, the profile gets more narrow. And now, these three parts are able to fit inside here from the top. So, this is what I try to do now. And it’s not easy because you need to somehow increase the distance here between these parts, because, it’s, it fits very, the, the fit is very tight. Therefore, I need some force here to do the final assembly of the, of the final parts. Which I try to do now. So, here we go. They are inside, and now I can push them slowly until the, they connect also down here with the other parts. And now it’s completed. And you can see how, I mean, this looks just, just nice. You can put it on your desk. And you can be sure everyone who comes into your office will ask you, what the hell is that? So, also you can hear [sound of tapping] the nice quality of the wood. It’s very light wood, walnut wood. And it feels very, it’s, it’s very soft at the same time. So it’s, it’s a absolutely fantastic puzzle. And a fantastic quality. And, as I mentioned, artofplay.com is the store where you can buy it. I put the link in the description. And, regarding the difficulty, it’s not in the beginning you are a little bit confused when you take out the first parts, but afterwards, I think it is not too difficult to do. I would give it a three out of a maximum of five. Took me about maybe thirty minutes to assemble it at the first time. And yeah, if you liked this episode, give me a like, or subscribe to my channel, and also to my Facebook channel. If you have any questions, complaints or anything else, just ask me in the comments. I will of course read them and respond to them. And until next time, keep on puzzling!

96 thoughts on “Double Kumiki – Wood art made in Japan

  1. Das zuzuschauen macht verdammt viel SpaรŸ. Muss ich unbedingt holen

    leck mich am Arsch 55$, vielleicht doch nicht

  2. maybe figuring this one out is a bit challenging, but it seems pretty simple once you know how to do it. good puzzle though, and it looks cool when it's finished ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mr.Puzzle I really enjoy your content. But I was wondering if you have ever though about showing how you figure out each puzzle in a ASMR format? ASMR is kinda blowing up and your channel would be awesome for it if you just whispered as you were figuring out each puzzle. Just a though, thanks for the continuous videos.

  4. Have you thought about doing a live stream Mr. Puzzle? You could get a nice difficult puzzle and we could all try to solve it together in real time, with suggestions to the next move coming from the comments if you get stuck? I believe that would be quite good fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I find this channel extremely relaxing. As a person who suffers from generalised anxiety disorder, agoraphopia, depression and insomnia, I find your voice and mannerisms soothing to listen to, and the logical steps required to think out and solve the puzzles takes my mind away from the irrational thoughts I have when the anxiety/panic attacks happen. It is amazing the unlikely places you can find that make life that little bit easier for folk with these kind of conditions, so long as you keep searching and don't give up. Thank you Mr. Puzzle- keep doing what you do.

  6. this was great as per usual ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and the completed puzzle is fairly aesthetic and symmetrical…I must now have one. Lol

  7. You should really make an ASMR channel if you think you would enjoy it. Your voice is so soothing as many others in these comments think

  8. ich habs iwie geahnt das du deutscher bist ๐Ÿ˜‚ und jz bin ich mir sicher nach dem Giraffen Puzzel geil gemacht ๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. I love your channel. I really do. I'm glad I stumbled across you. You may just make me poor from buying all these puzzles! I liked and subbed and will continue to watch your videos!

  10. You are a very clever man solving all these brainteasers…what is your profession besides solving puzzles of course.

  11. Last 2 hands I've ever known was the guy from blues clues cartoons… And he is a legend too lol. But this guy is amazing.

  12. My favorite puzzle so far, of the many I've seen you do. I would put this together and set it out just because it's a beautiful and interesting shape. They should do one like this, but made of metal. They should try other similar designs too.

  13. You only solved the one-third of the puzzle; there are three distinct solutions. Fyi, the puzzle was invented by Stewart Coffin who patented it in 1973: US Patent 3721448.

  14. Knowing the solution definitely can be reversed. All you need to do is have a really bad memory and smoke a lot of weed. ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. My son and I havent been getting on very well… I bought him a few of these types of puzzles and now we are both addicted and are having a great time again. ๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ˜

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  17. @Mr.Puzzle : Have you found the other TWO solutions? I have only ever assembled two total solutions. This was the easiest, but there are two other arrangements.
    The second involves a "keystone," one piece will slide in at the end (warning: my plastic version got stuck temporarily, because one of the center parts got stuck inside of an empty space. It took an hour or so to get it out, but I also broke a piece in the process (and it didn't immediately compromise the structure, so that was a double-loss)); and the third (which I have yet to complete) has you slide in three pieces at the end, similar to this one, but at least one of them is NOT an "odd" piece.

  18. If you are having a tough time with this puzzle, this is a small spoiler.
    I'm a math teacher, and it suddenly occurred to me, about 3 hours into solving this, and many collapsed attempts, that the interior negative space is a rhombic dodecahedron. Each of the 12 center plateaus form a face of the interior shape. They should all lock together at the end, so you can create the initial cradle with this shape in mind. It helped me, a lot.

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