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 27 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


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 to discuss your specific requirements.