Puzzles: The Making Of

SiamMandalay maintains a policy of harmony and sustainability for all our materials.

Our farm in rural Thailand is designed to be 100% eco-friendly in everything it produces, including cultivating our raw materials with holistic methods and processes.  It is tailored for the abundant growth of Chumcha wood and, with a team of supporting farmers, we insure it flourishes.

The selection of raw materials includes the highest grade of Chumcha, renowned for its durable, textured feel and subtle hued tones. Otherwise referred to as Monkey-Pod, Chumcha bears a very unique pink and cream-gold flower with whisker like petals.

To maintain our integrity, we keep our manufacturing local, our workshop is constantly buzzing with the murmur of masters at their craft. The wood is graded at our local workshop, with the premium, hardwearing grades used for our collection. Other grades are cut for ornaments, pencils and other decor.

After the rough cuts have been made, each piece is hand sanded and filed. We want your puzzles to be smooth to the touch - easy on your hands and your eyes. 

The workshop has its own team of highly skilled craftsmen. SiamMandalay designs carry a trademark style, texture and feel produced through the honesty of human hands.

Our artisans sculpt the wood with a delicacy and finesse acquired only through years of practice mastering their craft.

Next comes the wax: Our puzzles are coated using a secret Thai recipe enriched with natural ingredients. This gives our wood its unique textured coloring and depth. The wax protects the puzzles from the elements, general wear-and-tear, scratches and cracks.

The wood is then fashioned into one of our classic design templates, where it is detailed, fine-tuned and delicately worked by a specialist’s nimble fingers.

Each piece must be carved and measured precisely for a puzzle that, when complete, fits harmoniously. 

The final step – and this is where everything comes together.

We then sort the parts by the correct blueprint specifications.  Then we hand-weave, bond and sew the pieces together. After assembly, puzzles are stored in a tailor-made dry room for the color to mature and the bonding to set.