|Walnut, Sapele, Yellowheart, Wenge, Maple, Bloodwood, Paduak, Rosewood, Holly, Purpleheart, Cherry or Walnut Stand, Stainless pins
Markus designed this puzzle quite a while ago and I always liked the looks of it. Finally I emailed him asking if the design was free...and it was! One hitch though - there was more than one solution. I greatly prefer puzzles with a single solution, so I decided to enlist Tom Jolly to see if it could be modified into a single solution. Tom quickly determined that the original had at least 15 solutions. Both Tom and Markus subsequently went to work, both coming up with interesting variations. In the end we decided to make Markus's redesign of the original, but credit should also go to Tom, whithout whom this redesign very likely would not have happened.
The goal is to remove the pieces from the frame and then replace them. A maze is created by the surface pieces, making this a difficult puzzle to solve. It's basically an external iteration of the excellent "Square Dance" Tom designed later. Here is what Markus has to say about the design:
Constriction of the frame is very strong with shouldered joints which are then further pinned with a dowel for strength. The fit of the internal pieces is very precise; it works perfectly at around 60% humidity. Under high humidity conditions this puzzle may be tight until a bit of time passes and the pieces undergo compression shrinkage.
38 total copies made for sale, each signed and dated. Ships assembled.
|5.75"x6.5" (on stand)
|$69 (SOLD OUT)