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Ryan Hughbanks is a farmer and rancher and talented craftsman and puzzle box designer from Nebraska, USA. in 2019 whilst searching online for a project that would challenge and hopefully improve his skills he came across puzzle boxes.

After dismissing them at first, pictures of Stickman puzzle boxes kept showing up in his searches and intrigued he started to research and then design and build his own for a nieces birthday. The rest is history as he was instantly hooked.

He sought out Jesse Born for guidance and was given some great advice. He remade one with some small changes and went public with his Side Swiper box on Instagram.


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This page has been created to act as a constantly updated, seriousportal and directoryto many of the world’s most popular, foremost and prolific mechanical puzzle designers and craftsmen.

If you are a craftsman or puzzle designer and would like to be added to the list, provide a small biography, display some new puzzle designs, news, or add new links or information for our readers please get in touch.

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Dave Holt

Dave Holt is a metagrobologist based in England. He revels in the thrill of the aha! whether it is a mechanical puzzle, escape room or puzzle hunt.

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