The story of The Puzzle Place (previously known as WOOD MAGIC)
The Puzzle Place started in 1991 as a family business with Ian Courtney at the helm. We now have a staff compliment of four people assisting in the craft-making and in the shop.
These people have found various talents that they never knew existed and they now use these talents to contribute to the success of WOOD MAGIC.
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.
A move to the Pineville Junction Craft Village in 1993 provided a larger workshop and a shop from where to market the products. The Pineville shop was closed in August 1997 and moved to Bothas Hill. The Courtney’s operated the 1000 Hills Craft Village from May 1998. In 2009 we sold the property and so moved Wood Magic (now called The Puzzle Place) across the road to the new 1000 Hills Arts & Craft Village.
Numerous pensioners and hobbyists supply The Puzzle Place with their wood crafts ranging from candle stands and key rings to picture frames and clocks. We still have our “KRAFTY KIDS” section to cater for the children.
A visit to the Valley of a 1000 Hills would not be complete without visiting The Puzzle Place. There you will find 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 mementos for the home and office, these puzzles have been sent all over the world.
The puzzles are collector’s items, often being personalized as gifts for special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, and are treasured by people throughout the world.
Many companies realize the value of presenting their special clients and staff with these puzzles, engraved with their company logo.
There is also a large selection of "brain teasers" that make ideal small gifts that can also be personalized with logos. When you need something special, visit us at The Puzzle Place.
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The Puzzle Place reviews
This is a very interesting place to spend a good half hour if you are keen on doing manual puzzles. However, you have to be aware of the interests of the people you are travelling with. If you have..... more »
So it's 12am and we're still up trying to solve our Triple upright puzzle...what an awesome shop. You could actually spend the whole day there just trying to solve at least one puzzle so that you can.... more »
This is a great little gift shop filled with a range of handcrafted puzzles. We have bought a few and even some to give away as gifts. If you are in the area and looking for something unique I high... more »
Great place...totally worth the visit. Amazing gifts and crafts. Also nice eating places with beautiful views.
The wooden puzzles here are absolutely amazing and beautifully done! Shop assistants are also super friendly 😊
Amazing little shop nestled in the heart of Bothas Hill. Spectacularly helpful and friendly shop assistant. Hundreds of really interesting puzzles made by the shop owner.
Lovely little Lady. Beautiful wood puzzles. I can not resist buying something. For a unique gift a definit business
Great and entertaining puzzles. Very time consuming for a small shop. These puzzles make a great gift and best of all they're of high quality, hand made.
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