Puzzle:Wooden Puzzle Assortment

Yamanaka Kumiki Worksca. 1955

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Kumiki is a Japanese word that means "to join wood together." Japanese artisans have crafted Kumiki wooden puzzles for over 100 years. Tradition says the puzzles are based on the earthquake-proof technology of locking wood components of buildings together without the use of nails. Solving these puzzles usually involves the final placement of a key piece or pieces with either a shove or a twist to lock them in place. A set of twelve of the wooden stumpers came with individual instructions for solving each puzzle. This was marketed around 1955.

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  • Title: Puzzle:Wooden Puzzle Assortment
  • Creator: Yamanaka Kumiki Works
  • Date Created: ca. 1955
  • Location: Japan
  • Subject Keywords: elephant, dog, pig, barrel
  • Type: Puzzles
  • Medium: wood, printed paper, cardboard
  • Object ID: 113.1989