The size of each box is measures in a traditional Japanese
unit called "Sun" One "Sun" equals 1.2 Inches - See Chart Below
Our puzzle boxes are each
individually handcrafted in the city of Hakone, Japan and imported by us
directly from the artists offering the best quality and pricing available. The
skills have been passed down through the generations since the Edo Period. Each
box comes with instructions on how to open the box, but give it a try first.
Wood from the various trees are cut into slices, cylinders, and other shapes. These shapes are then glued together to form different patterns. This process is repeated until it reaches a size that will cover the top of one of the boxes. The laminated wood is then sliced using a special wood plane to produce thin veneer. This veneer is applied to the puzzle boxes. How the boxes themselves are made (the steps required to open) is a very well guarded family secret. Each workshop and artist has developed their own system for making the boxes.