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Scott Peterson currently lives in the East San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two young children. He was born and raised in a small town in central Wisconsin, and attended both Michigan Technological University and Washington State University to study civil engineering. He currently works full time as an engineer, and makes polyhedral puzzles as a hobby.

Scott first discovered the world of polyhedral puzzles in 2003 when he checked out a book from the library which included a re-print of an article Stewart T. Coffin had published in a 1984 edition of Fine Woodworking Magazine. A description and directions for making a Pennyhedron puzzle were included in the article, and even before finishing the article he compulsively went to the garage to start making his first attempt at one of Coffin’s fantastic puzzles.

The first Pennyhedron was a shabby attempt—made from a re-sawn 2x4 and hardly finished. The puzzle warped badly and soon opened on its own. This led to an exploration into the world of exotic woods in search of a more dimensionally stable wood to use for puzzles. Puzzlemaking has turned into a very interesting and challenging hobby—which includes elements of mathematical recreation, wood behavior, and precision machining techniques, as well as handcraftsmanship and fine wood finishing. These are a few of the varied areas which keep Scott challenged and interested in his spare time!

Scott occasionally makes puzzles on request, more information can be found on his website: Polyhedral Puzzles

Here you can also see a tour of Scott's workshop and some of his puzzle making methods from an interview taken on a visit to Scott from puzzle blogger Neil: Polyhedral Puzzles Visit