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Raintree Wood Soma Cube Puzzle from Thailand, "Soma Cube Challenge"

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Danish mathematician Piet Hein invented the soma cube in 1933 to distract... more

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Danish mathematician Piet Hein invented the soma cube in 1933 to distract himself during a lecture on quantum mechanics. Give yourself a similar distraction with this twist on a classic designed by Thai artisan Waraporn Khamsuk. While traditional soma games contain just seven pieces, the artisan designs this version with 25 geometric pieces. Carved from raintree wood, the object of this puzzle is to arrange the pieces to form a cube.

  • 0.33 kgs
  • 0.7 lbs
  • Box: 9 cm H x 9 cm W x 9 cm D
  • Box: 3.5" H x 3.5" W x 3.5" D
  • Pieces: 3 cm H x 6 cm W x 1.5 cm D
  • Pieces: 1.2" H x 2.4" W x 0.6" D

  • Raintree wood
  • Instructions included
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Thailand.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Thailandicon info
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Reviews by Customers

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Total reviews

139

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01/18/2021

"Nicely Made Puzzles and Box"

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These are very nicely machined 3-D wood puzzles and come in a snug-fitting 7-5/8 X 5-1/4 X 2-1/2 inch box. All 6 of the puzzles are challenging and fairly simple Burr Puzzle to the complex Square Cube which requires a 28 step solution. There is an included solution sheet with simple graphic depictions of the puzzle configurations for the assembly steps (solutions) for 5 of the 6 puzzles. However, the illustrations are very small, there are no written step-by-step instructions, and it is difficult to understand some of the illustrations. These are probably best purchased for an adult who is very patient, and who is able to do some independent on-line research for help with the solutions. A separate sheet with more detailed instructions for each puzzles solution would be welcome for those who need a little help. Id be hesitant to give this set to anyone less then 13 years old unless they are already a 3D puzzle expert and also have above average spatial visualization skills.

Best Uses

  • Great for developing 3-D spatial awarness

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Verified Reviewer

01/16/2021

"This is a loved object"

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This was a gift and my recipients loved it.

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well made and charming

Best Uses

  • amusement and pleasure

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01/12/2021

"Great for work at home days"

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My son was thrilled with this. Keeps him busy during lock downs

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01/10/2021

"Gift idea"

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Fun activity for adults and children.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Daughter
  • Occasion: Christmas

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01/09/2021

"Handsome Spin Puzzle"

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This was a gift for my son-in-law. My puzzle-loving daughter tried it first and it was easy for her.

Best Uses

  • puzzle, decorative piece

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01/08/2021

"Mindfulness instrument, very relaxing!"

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I love this little puzzle. The quality of the natural wood and the precision of the shapes is wonderful! Many people talk about relieving stress by doing yoga or meditating. I love having a natural hands-on tool to help with relaxation. This puzzle helps me to let go of tension & just have fun rearranging the pieces. Its very soothing. I highly recommend this puzzle as a manipulative work of art and as a meditative instrument for relaxation.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Waraporn has grown her passion for wooden puzzle games into a successful workshop. She employs a number of artisans and has expanded her range from puzzles to wooden tableware.

Through personal dedication and increased access to the global market that Novica provides, Waraporn has been able to increase her sales. The steady income from Novica sales has been instrumental in providing the stability that she needs to continue moving-up.

Waraporn is grateful to be able to help educate her brother. He recently began to study at the university.

The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.

This artist shows a lot of talent or potential and is in their late teens or twenties.

Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.

Waraporn Khamsuk has received a $1400 microcredit loan with 0% interest.

 
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