This was one of my recent batch from Vacláv Obsivac, one of the best artisan puzzle makers around. It is a 6 piece coordinate motion puzzle made from Walnut and Maple. I know I wasn't planning on buying any more coordinate motion puzzles but I couldn't resist it - after all, it is made of wood and you know how addicted I am to wooden puzzles (and metal ones... and plastic ones)!!!
It is not immediately clear what to pull on and in which direction to pull to disassemble it so I took my usual approach of tugging on everything I could and shaking it about! It all fell apart nicely and all the pieces looked identical. I admired the workmanship and immediately tried to put it together again. It was quite tricky and I really feel that another hand or two would have been useful to hold things in place whilst successive pieces are aligned. Needless to say I didn't request help from Mrs S - I didn't dare brave the laser stare (the smell of burning is quite off-putting when it comes from your own forehead, you know)!!!
After about 30 minutes of swearing under my breath it all slid together and looked lovely again. Being somewhat stupid (and slightly masochistic), I later tried it again and it is clear that practice makes perfect because I got it all aligned within 10 minutes! It started to slide together and to my horror, halted with a few millimetres to spare - it wouldn't budge at all! I rattled, pulled and pushed and finally it closed up and looked perfect again. Unfortunately it is now completely stuck in the closed position - nothing I have tried will open it - there are very small movements but it stops after a milimeter or so. Pulling, rattling and even (as a desperate last resort) a squirt of WD40 have not worked! This is quite amazing to me because all men know that WD40 is the cure for everything except cancer! (Yes I know I am a doctor - forgive the horrible humour but my puzzle is sick!) I seem to be left with a rather nice wooden ornament, no longer a puzzle!
I didn't even get a chance to take a photo of the pieces. If anyone has any useful suggestions, I would be eternally grateful! Just contact me with any ideas!!