This left me needing another puzzle to review for you, so I picked up one that I had "kept for later". The Rattlebox was designed by Tom Jolly and the craftsman who made it was one of my favourites, Eric Fuller. Eric placed a few goodies up for sale on his site on Dec 11th and sent out his customary email notification. These emails always reach me in the middle of the night and by the time I wake up and see them, a lot of the stuff has gone. Luckily this time the batches of puzzles were quite large and there was a fair bit left. I ordered 2 pieces and they arrived on 23rd December (A Christmas present from me to me!!!)
This one is made from some exotic hardwoods - Quilted Ambrosia Maple, Leopardwood, Paduak, Walnut and Canarywood. Eric is "pleased" with how they turned out!! I should hope so! It is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, apparently there are more than 15,000 bevels in the run of puzzles. I for one am delighted with the workmanship in this puzzle as well as the solvability. It is a great size - 3" cubed.
|Small cube - signed & dated|
"The internal cube interacts with the shell in a maddening way, interfering with what should be a straightforward disassembly. There's even dead ends and false solutions. The large hole in the shell is there so you can poke your finger in and manipulate the inner piece. VERY fun design, and pretty tricky as well."
Eric is absolutely correct - it is absolutely maddening. The first move is really easy but then you can do nothing else because the small cube blocks you.
|Easy 1st move|
|Rattle box pieces in all their glory!|
I should also let all you puzzle freaks out there know that yesterday I have received a new wooden puzzle from Brian & Sue Young (Mr Puzzle) - the Collective, a 5 piece burr (Queensland silver ash) surrounded by a 24 piece framed burr (Queensland blackbean). It is really lovely and apparently very difficult. I will let you know when I have finished - If I manage it!!!
|The Collective - Mr Puzzle|