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Here’s what our customers are saying about Cleverwood ~

"Got the package when you said it would arrive!  Great service and a great product!  My son was thrilled with his present. High quality product and we appreciated the note that you made sure it opened before you sent it.  Nice touch and well done! Thanks again! Loved your service!"

Bill Engel - Mt Crested Butte, CO

"Awesome sight, awesome products, quality is is from days past!  The perfect place for a gift that marks a special celebration!"

Ellen Jagielo - Amston, CT

“Just wanted to let you know I recieved the goodies.Very, very nice. I am truly impressed with the packaging, workmanship, and thanks for the little gift! (corners puzzle) My girlfriend loved it! The Quaqmire boxes are excellent! Very nice. Outstanding craftmanship! I think I made a good investment. I will buy more in the future. thanks again,”

Gregory A. Lehman - South St.Paul, MN

“I have never gotten such an immediate response to an order! I had a confirmation of shipping in less than an hour from the time the order was placed! The quality of the merchandise offered is excellent- some really cool gifts. I had looked at a number of sites for a special jewelry box for a gift for my daughter and the designs here were the nicest and most unique. ”

Joanne Wolfe - North Potomac, MD

“Cleverwood has exceeded every expectation I had. I was just browsing and became hooked. I constantly add to my collection of items because of the ease of ordering and quality of the merchandise at such a reasonable prices. I usually send in my order via e-mail. When I have called, the customer service is awesome. Caring, friendly, people dedicated to customer satisfaction like I have never experienced before.   The inventory is updated and keeps you coming back to look at the new items. WOW!”

Phil Ford - Burmingham, AL

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the excelsior job that you do with this web site, your business, the phenomenal quality of your offered items, and especially your customer service. Being a life-long East Coast resident -- where we seem to pride ourselves on cheap or shoddy workmanship, and surly interaction by employees with customers -- it is refreshing and gratifying for me to see how commerce CAN be done in other parts of the country.

I am in awe of the Cleverwood artists boxes. Breathing life into the design and working wood to your exacting tolerances is not only impressive, it is an unexplainable joy to see and hold in one’s hands. And that is merely accounting for the artist’s vision and skill. When you then add in the challenge and pleasure of figuring out how to open the box, the magic comes full circle, and is complete. For magic it most certainly is.”

Erik L. Russell, M.D., M.S. - Severna Park, MD

“Your site is absolutely wonderful! From the few puzzles I've gotten last time, I must add that the quality of your merchandise is of the highest standards. I was totally amazed as to how well the Kumiki puzzles were made, being so inexpensive as they are. I can only imagine that the more expensive items surpass anyone's expectations by a long-shot!”

Richard C. Whiting - Hillsboro, NH

My wife (Susan) has fallen in love with Kathleen’s work. She introduced me to the idea of puzzle boxes on our honeymoon (just this past January) and I've been overjoyed to find a gift that I can hide goodies, jewelry or love notes in. We’ve already begun plans to modify a bookcase into a display case to hold all the boxes she hopes to have. You have been incredibly helpful and prompt with orders and your site is not only easy to navigate, but educational for the person just exploring the world of puzzles and puzzle boxes. Thank you.”

Trent Stanley - Roeland Park, KS

“A brilliant company who are extremely helpful and are excellent at communication. This is my 6th order - I already have my next one in mind. As an international customer (UK), I would recommend Cleverwood to anyone and everyone, they are a pleasure to deal with.”

Anne Wright - Portsmouth, England

“I received two shipments Saturday. One was from Cleverwood and the other was a box that was similar, but less expensive. The difference in quality was very obvious. I believe better quality is worth a little more in the long run (and in the short run.) The boxes with the good finish are much more pleasant to look at and operate.”

Amy Schultz - Waynesville, MO

“I just thought I would write a quick note to thank you for my puzzle box, which arrived on Wednesday.
I first met a Japanese Puzzle box when a school friend brought one in twenty five years ago. I have not seen one since, but the memory of the beautiful quality and design has remained with me. It was with some trepidation that I ordered one from you, not knowing if it would live up to expectations.
I am pleased to say that I am absolutely delighted with the box and that it more than lives up to expectations.
So, thank you once again both for the box and for your friendly and efficient service.”

Philip Hartwell- Rossendale, England

“Thank you for your wonderfully designed web site. It was very easy for me to find the products I was looking for even though you guys have such a huge selection. I'm sure I will be doing a lot of business with you in the future, as I find these boxes fascinating, and hope to form a good size collection. By the way I have done a little shopping around to the few other sites I could find, and your prices are the best around (and best selection). Thanks again.”

Clayton Janikowski - Madison, WI

“I received my order several days ago and cannot be happier. The packing was well done, and it arrived three days after I ordered it. I have made quite a few purchases over the Internet and rate you high up on the scale for service. I also enjoyed the personal touch of thanks on the sales receipt, in the tech age, it is refreshing. I would like to mention that your privacy policy and the reasons for the non-use of the shopping cart were impressive and I respect your opinion.
I will be stopping by your site regularly for new products and will recommend you highly to my friends and associates. Get a few more metal puzzles and you will be well on your way to the greatest mechanical puzzle site in the universe!”

Dawn Breisch - Bergenfield, NJ

“Just got the 2 cribbage boards I ordered (1 maple, 1 padauk). They’re fantastic! Beautiful! So well packed, too. My whole buying experience with Cleverwood was perfect. Your eye for quality is definitely appreciated.”

James MacDonald - Quincy, MA

“Got my puzzle box today, I can't wait to give it to my dad for Father's day. Thank you so much for the personal attention, attention to detail and for such prompt service and responses over email and in delivery. I can't wait to tell everyone about Cleverwood. It's so nice to be able to do business like this over the web with such great people. Thanks again, keep up the great work!”

Kelli Schaffer - Whitehall, PA

“I just wanted to let you know I got my box today. I LOVE IT. I just can't say enough about how wonderful these Japanese puzzle boxes are. A true thing of joy. Its nice to know that there are people in this world
who still understand what quality is. . . . You guys are just great. You are running the best company that I have dealt with on the Internet. Just perfect service.
I know it will not be long and I will have to get another one :). Thanks again.”

Matthew Patterson - Charlotte, NC

“I was most impressed with Cleverwood's quick delivery. I am used to websites taking 2 or 3 weeks to get merchandise out. I ordered my purchase on 5/13 and received it on 5/16. Of course, now I have to keep the gift hidden until June 6th. As a customer service supervisor at J.P.Morgan, Chase & Company, I found the personal touches, like a handwritten note on the invoice thanking me for my order, to be outstanding.”

R. Kingery - Tampa, FL

"Thanks for the wonderful quality of your products. My entire family enjoys the puzzle box I bought from your site and Cleverwood is now on our 'first place to go' for gift ideas."

Charles R Ramsay,AustinTX

“I'd just like to say that I made an order with you not long ago and I came away very impressed. I've ordered from other puzzle box resellers in the past, but none of them hold a candle to your selection and your dedication to the customer. I have a feeling I'll be ordering from you quite regularly...”

Jon G. Fuller Kingsport, TN

"I just had to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!  . . . Your thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed.
I have to tell you, the difference in service I have received from your company is night and day compared to the original company I tried to place a puzzle box order with. (I still have yet to hear from them, despite numerous messages.)
I will definitely not only use Cleverwood again, but will recommend it to all my friends!  Thanks again!"

Erin Dudley - Hurst, TX

"Hello, I just want to write to say Thank You. I received my purchase today and it was perfect. A little too perfect, I am going to have a hard time giving it up for X-mas. I appreciate the Directions and the booklet about the care along w/the snow flake gift. You've made shopping as easy as running down to the grocery store."

Jeremiah Smith, Colorado Springs, CO

"Thanks so much!  I LOVE this box!  (I may keep it as MY Christmas present! ;-)  I got the box on Saturday.  I just wanted to you to know that I am very impressed with the workmanship of the box and found the pictures on your website (with the quarter to help judge size) to be very helpful."

Tammy Fuller,  Nolensville, TN

“The puzzles I have seen here are just too beautiful for words. I am especially intrigued by the Japanese puzzle boxes. My children are also big puzzle fans, and I look forward to ordering some of your puzzles for them for Christmas and birthdays.”

Pat Goodman, Bath NY

“I got my first two puzzle boxes today. I love them. I can't stop looking at them. It is so uncommon to find things this well made anymore. I have always wanted a puzzle box and now that I have my first I can see I am just going to have more. I would like to take this chance to thank you very much for your great service and the coin trick game you put in with my order. That was a added surprise that I will have great fun showing to people. Again thanks again. You will for sure be getting another order from me in the future.”

Matthew Patterson, Charlotte NC

“Beautiful web-site. I wouldn't change a thing. Particularly appreciate your efforts to assure users about web-purchase security.”

Mickey F. Rose, Houston TX

“You have a very nice site. It’s got a nice crisp look to it. I’m delighted that you're in the business you’re in. For the past couple of days, I’ve had a hankering to play with a Japanese puzzle box. They've always intrigued me. It’s great to have found your site! Keep up the good work and good luck.”

Ted Reinert, New York NY

“I received my order today and am very pleased with it. Thank you for your wonderful customer service!!”

Barbara Allen, Salt Lake City UT

“Your web site is the best out of all puzzle box sites. The pictures are pretty visible and the page is easy to read and easy on the eye to look at.”

Bridget Dowrick, Chadds Ford PA

“My father and I are always on the search for puzzle boxes at the many flea markets and antique shops we go to...I am very happy to find your site...and let me tell you, its the best one that I have found today. I look forward to purchasing from you.”

Katy Carnes, Reese MI

“You've got a nice site here. Many puzzles and good prices as much as I've seen.”

Gary J. Soucy, Brewer ME

“I Like your web site,.. I'm surprised that I did’nt find it sooner. I'm a casual collector with serious interests of unusual puzzles from moderately difficult to insanely difficult!!! I like the hardwoods, and interesting plastics if they display well. Speaking as a customer...I like a wide variety, math puzzles color puzzles, entanglement, take apart, put together, etc. I like your selection..its hard to find a local puzzle store that has a lot here in Boston,...but I’m still looking!! I like what you have, and your web,... Keep up the good work!”

Warren Power, Somerville MA

“I think you have a great web site. Well well-made, & easy to use.”

Danielle Wallace, Coralville IA

“Our 14 year old son like puzzle boxes, he has your site on his 'favorites' site list”

Brenda Tomlin, Las Vegas NV

“Finding a site like this is quite remarkable. In England it is a real chore to find such quality and diversity of mechanical puzzles.”

Stephen Pitt-Francis, England

“I am so glad you are available on the web. I bought a 21 move box years ago, and it has been damaged and have searched in vain until I found your site. I will definitely order more in the future!”

Christopher R. Denton, San Diego CA

“Glad I found your site. I just paid $75.00 (plus tax) in Orlando FL for a box you list that's only $40.00.”

Keith Hanshaw, Grantville PA

“It took me a while to find site like this, I like collecting odd things, and yes the site is very good don’t change anything.”

Joseph Trudel, Canada

“The site is one of the best (most informative and complete) on Japanese Puzzle Boxes that I have seen and that played a large part in my decision to buy from you. Keep up the good work.”

Michael Lipari, Gaithersburg MD

“I ordered a 12 move small puzzle box last year around this time, and I just wanted to say thanks for the challenge! The speedy delivery was helpful as it was a last minute birthday gift (same this year!) The box was beautiful and the service excellent!”

Jessica Siraco, Millburry MA

“Recently we ordered the crown and the gift box yesterday we received them and we want to compliment you. They are beautiful. They are wonderful to look at and we've found a perfect address for our birthday and Christmas gifts!”

Nicky Sprenger de Roover, Netherlands

I received my order today, thanks so much for shipping it over so promptly. I'm really very happy with the quality of my items, I appreciate the fact that you guys test each piece before sending it out. You can be sure that I'll order more from you in the future - maybe next time it'll be something made by you! Thanks again!”

Dennison Lee, New York NY

“Your merchandise is beautiful. I enjoyed shopping on your web page and will certainly do it again!”

Rhonda Schurig, New Market TN

“I was looking for the Japaneese puzzle boxes and was glad to see that you had them. I love wooden puzzles and I use them to teach my boy's to be creative problem solvers and logical thinkers. Keep up the great site and I look forward to visiting and seeing the new additions. My wife now has your site on my wish list.”

Mike Hardy, San Diego CA

“I just wanted to let you know that I received my order and I am delighted with it. I mail order many things and I was impressed by how well you packaged my order and with your personal thanks on the receipt.”

Candy Brake, Clemmons NC

“Got the puzzles today and wanted to let you know that I am THRILLED with them. Brought them to work and everyone thought that they were just beautiful. I was surprised at how much I liked the 16 piece zig-zag puzzle. Can't wait for the 9 and 25 piece versions to become available. They all look/work wonderfully and will be proudly displayed in my living room. Need to get a display case of some kind, but they scream to be picked up and played with so it’s hard to put them behind glass :)”

Michael P. Smith, Oklahoma City OK

“Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much we appreciate the updates. Your boxes are all so beautiful! We are proud owners of several, and we want more, so you can be sure future orders are coming. We are hooked on puzzle boxes, the glorious combination of colorful woods used, and the high quality of your products. We live in Alaska, and your packages always arrive quickly, correctly, and with a wonderful piece that's even better than promised! We are truly, Satisfied Customers.”

PJ and Mark Williams, Wasilla, Alaska

“Just a note to let you know that I have enjoyed your products and have begun to give them as gifts. They make perfect gifts to that person who has everything. I have found that a little message, or in some cases, a little money tucked away inside a puzzle box is a well appreciated gift. Your service has been excellent, and besides a little mishap on my first order, (which was taken care of promptly) I feel comfortable in doing business with your company.”

Mike Matsumoto,  Fontana CA

“This is just a short note to let you know that I received my Saya box safely (I love it!) and to thank you for the Babylon puzzle and Soma cube. This is only my second purchase from you (not the last!) but I am extremely impressed with your promptness, kindness, and overall service. Thanks.”

Jim Strayer, Lock Haven PA

“Thoroughly enjoyed solving your puzzles. I have been interested in puzzle solving for a long time but have been unable to find any puzzle beyond mediocre quality until I stumbled upon Cleverwood, and a few other sites. I have been to at least 3 dozen different puzzle sites but I always come back to Cleverwood. A few of the other sites have the same quality puzzles as you guys but with only a fraction of the quantity. Keep up the good work. Thank you.”

Rolla Long, Houston TX

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A mechanical puzzle is a self-contained object, composed of one or more parts, which involves a problem for one person to solve by manipulation using logic, reasoning, insight, luck, and/or dexterity.” - Jerry Slocum

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