A wooden book with complex puzzles you have to solve to proceed (pictures)

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Codex Silenda is a fascinating wooden book that features five intricate puzzles / Image: Codex Silenda
Codex Silenda is an astonishing steampunk puzzle book that has to be solved if you want to continue reading.

Books and puzzles are among the most delightful intellectual challenges. What if you have them combined?

Meet Codex Silenda, a project originated by the American designer Brady Whitney. He came up with the idea of the book at his final year at Iowa State University.

Codex Silenda is a five-page book made of wood. What makes is incredible is the fact that each page is a puzzle. You have to solve the first puzzle to release the bolt that locks the next page.

The book is not made from paper, but laser-cut wood. The beautiful steampunk design makes it a fabulous decor in a living room or a home library, and a challenge for everyone who visits your home.

The most important part of each book is the story. Codex Silenda is not a random set of five puzzles. This book has a story. We follow an apprentice in Da Vinci’s Workshop who encounters the same Codex.

The Codex acts as a trap and as a test to see whether or not the apprentice is worthy of Da Vinci’s tutelage; can you help him escape the Codex and discover it’s secrets within?

Codex Silenda was already backed on Kickstarter. The project was funded in just 6 hours! The number of backers exceeded 2.5 thousand, and the total number of money raised is over $200,000, compared to the goal set at $30,000.

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Via Colossal.

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