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Frik-n-Frak's Curio Shack is a online retail site familiar to many puzzlers! We specialize in offering quality Puzzles Boxes, Wooden Brain Teasers, Metal Mind Benders and Intriguing Curiosities. Who's behind it all? Who are these Frik-n-Frak characters? What do these folks think about and what do they do from day to day? This Blog will attempt to answer some of these questions and more. . .

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Thursday, October 25, 2007

More NEW Wooden Puzzles and Brain Teasers at!

NEW Products Released Today!

  • Deluxe Tower of Hanoi
  • Dragon Burr
  • Wooden Pig Kumiki Puzzle!
  • Grape Cluster Puzzle

Hello from Frik-n-Frak!

Just wanted to let you know that we've rolled out 4 more NEW products for you at! Also, we heard rumor of a FREE Shipping Friday Special, too! ...details below!

Deluxe Tower of Hanoi
...a beautiful NEW design!

This premium Tower of Hanoi game is larger than previously offered at Frik-n-Frak's and features newly designed "pagoda style" plates! The lid slides conveniently on and off for game setup and for securing the game pieces. Tower of Hanoi continues to be very popular for use in math lessons at school and in management aptitude tests.

Dragon Burr 18 piece 6x6x6 super difficult burr!

This is one of the most challenging wooden puzzles that we offer! Produced by our friends at Creative Crafthouse, the quality of this new burr is exceptional! The wooden pieces are 3.75 inches in length. Sharp edges have been broken and beveled for a softer look and feel. ...super nice!

Kumiki Pig Puzzle
...Oink! Oink! This little piggy will drive ya crazy!

This 13 piece kumiki style wooden pig puzzle will make you squeal in frustration! Just getting it disassembled is tricky! Putting it all back together is even more difficult! These beautiful wooden puzzles are called "Kumiki" in Japanese. Kumiki, roughly translates to "woven or interlocking wood." They are also known as burr puzzles.

Grape Cluster Puzzle'll wanna get into the wine after solving this one!

Made up of 7 individual bunches of grapes, this wooden puzzle will make wine, no - it will make YOU whine! ...cuz it's a heck of a lot trickier than it looks! Comes in a pretty triangular box with a wooden cover.

Have you seen all the new products we've released over the past few days? Check these out...

Apothecary Chest Puzzle
Do Nothing Machine
City Planner
King Cobra Snake Cube
Large Kumiki Elephant
Secret Love Puzzle Box
Twist and Shout Puzzle
Short Circuit Puzzle
JUMBO Pento-Chess
Shape Shifter 18
Shape Shifter 27
Shape Shifter 64
Mini Football Puzzle
Hole In One Golf Game
Mini Jenga

on ALL orders over $50! Friday (10/26) only!
(OK... orders placed on 10/25 count, too!)

Apply Discount Coupon Code : FNFFSF
to your shopping cart prior to checking out for FREE SHIPPING
on your order of $50 or more being delivered to any USA address!
(offer expires at 11:59 PM CST Friday, October 26th)


Hope to see ya soon!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

NEW Intriguing Wooden Puzzles at Frik-n-Frak's!

NEW Products Released Today!

  • The Shapeshifters Have Arrived
  • Mini Football Puzzle
  • Hole in One Golf Game
  • Mini Wooden Jenga Game

Hello from Frik-n-Frak!

We continue to roll out new products this evening! In all, there are six new products for your consideration! Have fun!

Shape Shifter 18, Shape Shifter 27 and Shape Shifter 64
...three incredible versions to choose from!

NEW manipulative toys for kids and adults alike! These Creativity Blocks are brand new designs and are ideal for youngsters and adults alike!

The Shapeshifter'sblocks can shift and twist in each plane. Use your imagination to make a block and hundreds of other shapes, too! Much less frustrating than the Serpent Cube puzzles! Shapeshifters are great tools for developing dexterity skills, focus, and creativity! Highly recommended for "fiddlers!"

Mini Football Puzzle
...a delightfully cute variation on a classic puzzle!

This 9 piece wooden football is just about a cute as it gets! It's the smallest of the "football" puzzles at Frik-n-Frak's Curio Shack. It measures approx. 2.8 inches in length and 1.75 inches in diameter!

Hole In One Golf Game - Large adaptation of the classic slide puzzle from 1915!

This Hole In One Golf game is a wonderful variation on our Setting Sun Game (also known as "The Great Escape" and "Towards Freedom"). It is a slightly larger and better quality version than we have offered in the past. This brain teasing game will test even the smartest of puzzlers!

Mini Jenga
...the classic wooden strategy game!

Jenga is THE classic tower building strategy game guaranteed to entertain and amuse! This is a small version (Approx. 6.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches) and just as cute as can be! A Wooden Strategy Game for the entire family!

Be sure to check out all the NEW products that were announced earlier this week, too!

Apothecary Chest Puzzle
Do Nothing Machine
City Planner
King Cobra Snake Cube Puzzle
Large Kumiki Elephant
Secret Love Puzzle Box
Twist and Shout Puzzle
Short Circuit Puzzle
JUMBO Pento-Chess

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Friday, October 19, 2007 NEW Products Announcement :

  • King Cobra Snake Cube Puzzle
  • Short Circuit Puzzle
  • JUMBO Pento-Chess Pentominoes

Hello! ...from Frik-n-Frak!

Tonight, a look at another three of the more than 20 BRAND NEW products that we're releasing over the days and weeks ahead!

King Cobra Snake Cube Puzzle!
...a NEW and VERY Difficult Design!

The NEW King Cobra Snake Cube Puzzle is an answer to the puzzler that has mastered the traditional 3x3x3 - 27 cube snake cube puzzle - Get ready for the next challenge! The King Cobra represents an exponential increase in difficulty from the popular 3x3x3 snake cubes. This 4x4x4, 64 block design is brutally difficult!

Short Circuit Puzzle!
...a Wonderful Unique Wood and String Puzzle!

Truly a unique and visually striking wooden puzzle!
Remove all six "circuit breakers" from the "circuit box." Now, you have thirty minutes to get all of the plugs back into the correct sockets! Each "wired" circuit breaker has a unique plug design and will only fit back into the circuit box one way!

JUMBO Pento-Chess Pentominoes!
...a Treasure for both Math Lovers and Puzzle Fans!

There are 12 different wooden pieces - each piece made up of 5 unit squares. Combinations of these pieces will make geometric shapes in thousands of different ways. This is perhaps the nicest pentominoes set we have available! Each block is 1" square, with the entire puzzle measuring 9 x 9 x 1 inches. One extra 2x2 piece fills out the square.

Be sure to check out the NEW products that were announced earlier this week!

Apothecary Chest Puzzle
Do Nothing Machine
City Planner
Large Kumiki Elephant
Secret Love Puzzle Box
Twist and Shout Puzzle

Thursday, October 18, 2007

NEW Wooden Brain Teasers at

NEW Products Announcement :

  • Secret Love Puzzle Box
  • Twist and Shout Puzzle
  • Large Elephant Kumiki

Hello! ...from!

As promised, here's details of three more of the more than 20 BRAND NEW products that we're releasing over the days and weeks ahead at This evening, we are pleased to offer the following three NEW PRODUCTS...

The Secret Love Puzzle Box!
...a beautiful String Puzzle!

This very attractive wooden box has a wooden ring inside. The wooden ring is connected to a string which is connected to a small wooden heart which is connected to the box which... well, the idea is to free the wooden ring from the string. It's actually harder to solve than to explain! ...a beautifully made wooden puzzle!

TWIST and SHOUT Puzzle!
...a Sequential Movement Puzzle that will make you scream!

A super challenging sequential movement puzzle - Twist and Shout will make you want to scream! The object is to mix up the colored balls and then, by rotating the inner cylinders, align all balls of the same color in the same row. You thought the Rubik's Cube was tough? Twist and Shout appears to be every bit as challenging.


This 14 piece kumiki style wooden elephant puzzle is large and impressive! At nearly 6 inches long, it will display well anywhere in your home or office!

A common thought is that these KUMIKI puzzles evolved from training projects or assignments given to students by the master woodworkers of Japan centuries ago; an aid in the art of constructing wooden buildings using only interlocking pieces, no metal parts or fasteners. This type of construction proved immune to the effects of earthquakes so common in Japan.

If you happened to miss yesterday's NEW Products, they were:


Come check out ALL the intriguing puzzles and gifts at!

NEW Wooden Puzzles and Brain Teasers at

Hello! ...from!

We have recently received more than 20 BRAND NEW products and will be releasing them to you just as soon as we possibly can. Today, we are pleased to offer the following three NEW PRODUCTS...

...a NEW Frik-n-Frak Favorite!

Designed to resemble an antique medicine apothecary chest, this is one of the most unique and intriguing brain teasers we've seen in quite some time! The idea is to remove the 16 miniature "drawers" and then fit them all back into the chest. Deceptively difficult! A beauty of a piece!

...a beautiful wooden version of a classic brain teaser!

You are given 9 wooden “building complexes” and 1 wooden "water tower" to work with. As the "City Planner," your job is to lay them all into a City Block.Start by placing the water tower in any of the 13 holes that are in the wooden base. Now see if you can fit the rest of the buildings in place. If you are successful, try it with the water tower in a different starting point. Keep going and see if you can find all 13 possibilities! This is a fun and attractive puzzle that is quite challenging regardless of where you first place the water tower. Displays beautifully on a desk, shelf or table!

...does nothing at all!

Does absolutely ummm - well ...nothing! But, it does it so well! This old country wooden toy has one purpose and one purpose only - to bring a smile to your face! There's something delightfully entertaining about cranking the handle and watching the two wooden blocks pass back and forth and back and forth again and again through their dovetail tracks.
A fantastic executive desk toy!

Keep checking back regularly as we'll be announcing MANY more new products at in the days and weeks ahead!

Look forward to seeing you soon!