The Puzzle Place
The Puzzle Place
Type: Family, Adventure, Markets, Arts & Crafts
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The Puzzle Place started in 1991 as Wood Magic, a family business with Ian Courtney at the helm. After eighteen years in the corporate market, Ian Courtney started making kiddies toys in his garage, with his two year old daughter as inspiration. These toys were marketed via flea markets and a reputation for quality was achieved. After the purchase of a scroll saw, the toys became puzzles as well, and through a series of progressions the Three Dimensional puzzles evolved. These puzzles proved too complex for the children and so the target market shifted to the adults and the puzzles became more challenging...

We have been creating executive puzzles and games for the past 28 years for the Corporate and personal market from a shop in the Valley of a 1000 Hills in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Our shop is open 7 days a week from 9:00am to 4:30pm. 

All our products are hand-crafted so there is NO "mass production". If you want more than 5 of a particular product, contact us so we can meet your requirements regarding price and dispatch. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and this is one of the reasons we have been in business for so long.

This website details our "stock" items, but any of these can be personalised to suit the customers requirements. We often laser engrave company logos and names onto the products to personalize them and can also create names/details to form an integral part of the puzzle.

Should you require any special designs, shapes, details incorporated in your request - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your specific requirements.


For South African customers we offer an E.F.T. facility (Electronic Funds Transfer).  Go to "Contact us" and we will send you our banking details.

Orders will be reacted upon when confirmation of payment is received.

The Puzzle Place entertains the whole family with wooden brain teasers. You can find our world renowned hand cut wooden 3D puzzles that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We also have arts and crafts made by locals in our shop. Open everyday from 9.30 to 16.30. Join us for an afternoon of entertainment!

3D puzzles are the speciality of the house - the unique world renowned three dimensional puzzles made in various shapes, especially African animals and "Africa". These puzzles are made from beautiful hardwoods of which our local KIAAT is the most popular. They are small enough to fit in a handbag and big enough to keep a person puzzled for hours. Ideal as gifts and momentos for the home and office, these puzzles have been sent all over the world.

When ordering, if you have a specific TIMBER requirement, please let us know by emailing us via the 'Contact us' tab.

The timber used most often is African KIAAT.

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