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Tavern and Mechanical Puzzles

Updated on January 27, 2013

Tavern Puzzles and Mechanical Puzzles

Tavern puzzles are also sometimes called blacksmith puzzles, dexterity puzzles, disentanglement puzzles, and mechanical puzzles.

Puzzles of all kinds have been enjoyed by people since the beginning of civilization. Early records show that the Greeks, and other civilizations, used puzzles for entertainment.

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Doing puzzles are a great way to keep your mind active. Doing a mechanical puzzle has the added benefit of using your hands and your mind at the same time. This is great exercise for your brain. Puzzles can be enjoyed by anyone!

I have a bunch of great puzzles on sale today. These are great gifts for anytime.

blacksmith puzzle
blacksmith puzzle

Mechanical Puzzles

Why are mechanical puzzles so popular?

Mechanical puzzles are usually held in the hand and the puzzle pieces are moved to solve the puzzle. This differs from the well-known types of puzzles that sit flat on a surface and the pieces are put together to form a picture.

In mechanical puzzles, the object is usually to remove part of the puzzle from the rest, or to take the puzzle apart and put it back together again.

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Playing with this type of puzzle engages both the mind and the hands. This is very stimulating and can be quite relaxing. It is true that some puzzles are very difficult and feel impossible to solve. That can feel very stressful, but many people find handling the puzzle to be very relaxing.

Some people do not like puzzles because they feel that solving a problem is a burden. Often these people already have a lot of problems in their life. If they thought about it, they would realize that while tavern puzzles are difficult, they do have a solution. This is sometimes not the case with a real life problem.

"Iron Heart" Tavern Puzzle

This great starter tavern puzzle is an original design by a US family owned company. This puzzle is made of handcrafted steel and comes with a paper showing the puzzle objective.

IRON HEART Tavern Puzzle
IRON HEART Tavern Puzzle

This is the first tavern puzzles I ever solved. It is pretty easy, but a lot of fun.


2012 Tavern Puzzle

The newest tavern puzzle from the Tucker Jones House. *Shows solution.

Iron Heart Tavern Puzzle Demonstration - Tavern Puzzle Solutions

Iron Heart tavern puzzle solution shown by a blacksmith. He has videos of solutions of other puzzles available on YouTube as well.

Tavern and Brain Teaser Puzzles - Tavern Puzzles Make Great Little Presents

Puzzles are great Christmas gifts! Tavern puzzles are also perfect for that person you drew for the office gift exchange that you do not know well. Smaller puzzles fit well into stockings. Don't forget that the smaller sized puzzles are perfect for Easter baskets too. It would be a fun alternative to a bunch of candy.

Puzzles also make a great gift for yourself to go on your desk. You can pick up a tavern puzzle, work on it a few minutes, and then return to work. You can even purchase puzzle stands for the heavier steel puzzles. Tavern puzzle solutions are available online if you get really stuck.

Children are drawn to mechanical puzzles and would probably appreciate the lighter weight wire kinds.

How Tavern Puzzles Are Made - Tavern Puzzles

I just found this neat video showing how tavern puzzles are made. This type of puzzle is also called a blacksmith puzzle. Check out this insider's look!

Hanayama Puzzles - One of the most well-known puzzle makers.

Hanayama puzzles are made from wire, cast, and metal. These puzzles are innovative brainteasers that vary from fairly easy to mind blowing. I bought some of these for Christmas for my husband last year and we all enjoyed playing with them.

Dexterity Puzzles

What are they?

Dexterity puzzles, sometimes called palm puzzles, require the user to be good with his hands. When using these puzzles both hands are often used at the same time. Think patting your head and rubbing your belly while inserting tab B into slot A. These differ from other types of mechanical puzzles because they aren't solved through logic only. Naturally, some puzzles combine logic with dexterity to make hair pullers.

Tavern Puzzles Poll - Come on, tell me what you think!

Would you buy a mechanical puzzle for yourself, or as a gift?

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Thank you for visiting my page on tavern puzzles, mechanical puzzles, and dexterity puzzles. I hope you enjoyed it!

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      These look fascinating to try and solve.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love these kinds of puzzles, especially after a few pints!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      I love these kinds of puzzles. I really didn't know that there was a name for them. Enjoyed your lens.

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      @yourselfempowered: Thank you so much!

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Great idea for a lens, and a very interesting read! Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      @FanfrelucheHubs: There are tons of solutions on YouTube if you get desperate, but they are so much fun to work on. At least until you want to pitch them into the wall. Thanks for visiting and thank you for the blessing!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I LOVE these tavern puzzles, I have a couple of them (gifts) but ahem...never managed to solve them. But still I pick them up from time to time and try.

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much!!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I very much enjoy tavern puzzles - I tend to get roped into the sample ones at Renn Faires. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      zirtoc 6 years ago

      I love tavern puzzles! It's been awhile since I've tackled one...I need to get them back out!

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I never knew what these were called. Love to watch other people with them, not myself.

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      @Ram Ramakrishnan: I added a video. Maybe I can take some pictures of our own. My camera is not the best. Thanks for your feedback!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 6 years ago

      Good first lens and great topic. A photograph each for the categories of puzzles showing an enthusiast in the process of solving one, would add to color to the lens.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      very nice lens. looks like a lot of fun

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I haven't tried a mechanical puzzle before, but it looks interesting!