This all began when Brady Whitney created his first wooden mechanical puzzle box as his Senior Thesis Research Project at Iowa State University.
After several Kickstarter campaigns, which yielded sensational results, The Arcane Shop has grown to develop and produce a range of mechanical puzzle books, covert puzzling art, and all manner of unassembled laser-cut kits.
All of our products are designed and produced in-house at our workshop in Hudson, Wisconsin, USA.
". . .the most unique, personalizable gifts . . ."
Click on the products below to make your selections, choose your customizations, and add your very own personalizations!
Every product you see is laser cut & engraved, then hand-assembled by the designer himself!
In order to maintain high quality and the necessary precision for these puzzles to work,
we must limit the total number of books we can make each month.
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"...When Lasers and Woodworking Come Together..."
Need a Customized Design or Production Work?
We've got you covered there too! Not only can we design and prototype ideas from scratch, but we can even produce your ideas too (so long as it's a wood based product).
From Home Furniture, to Custom Puzzles, to Business Cards & Signage and even Movie Props!
Our only limit is what our powerful Kern Lasers can't cut through (e.g. metal). However, we are perfectly adept at creating mock prototypes to further along any Product under Development.
To find out more about our capabilities, click on the About Our Services button for more information or submit your email and request to us here and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can!
"The obvious care that went into the design and craftmanship are truly appreciated!"
Watch Neil Patrick Harris review the Codex Silenda
NPH shares his thoughts and views on the Codex Silenda. He was part of our first Kickstarter and is a major fan of our project and business!
At the beginning of 2016, Brady Whitney began to develop a wooden puzzle book for his Senior Thesis Research Project at Iowa State University. After successfully scoring an A+ for his work, Brady decided to post a few pictures on Imgur to see what others thought of this new creation. It. Went. Viral. In 24 hours the post reached front page, 120,000 views, 7000+ upvotes, 400+ comments and people begging for a chance to buy one. It was decided then and there that a Kickstarter Campaign had to be put together.
Pre-BuiltBooks - Ready to Ship
Rather than wait a weeks or two, buy a Pre-Built and it ships out next day! Browse our selection and choose your desired product, right down to the accent colour!