|Truly beautiful! From Eric Fuller|
Idiot Alert!I humbly stand corrected by my friend and fellow puzzle blogger, Tom Cutrofello! In my breathless delight at the genius craftsmanship of Eric I really did not adequately attribute the brilliant designers. Here is what Tom wrote:
Thanks for reminding me of my foolishness! Where would we be without the designers? I maintain that Eric is also a genius but I mustn't forget who enabled his genius. Apology over! Can I put my flagellation device (whip) away now?
"Go Pit and Bill are the design genii, Eric is the master craftsman! Amazing collaboration that would have been almost impossible before the IPP and the Internet. The puzzles are going to become even more elegant. We live on the golden age of mechanical puzzle world!"
Now those of you who are friends on Facebook will have seen that I have been making a very good attempt at bankrupting myself over the last few months! There just seems to have been a constant stream of absolutely fabulous puzzles coming out from all the puzzle designers and craftsmen. This is not just the wonderful wood workers but also the fantastic Chinese twisty puzzle makers who have made loads and loads of new twisties that are "absolutely essential" for my puzzling health!
|My original 3x5x7. New 5x7x9 (Traiphum) and 4x6x8 (Jeremy)|
In that same offering, and selling out just as fast Eric also had a brand new N-ary puzzle which I had not heard of before. See Derek - I am still just a Newbie at this!
Bill Cutler's exchange puzzle for the 24th International puzzle party was called "Key", a 2 dimensional iteration of his famous Binary burr designed for him by Goh Pit Khiam. Eric convinced him to have another look at it and the result was Binary key II which was intended to improve the puzzling experience by increasing the number of moves required and also changing the design to make the moves smoother. The solution takes 85 moves and is really quite fun to play with - all 40 copies sold out in a matter of hours! I was very lucky to be one of those people - and my wallet got lighter again!!
|Binary key II|
Here is what Bill has to say about it:
"The Binary Burr is a burr that functions like a 6-ring version of the Chinese Rings. The puzzle consists of 21 pieces. One is equivalent to the ‘bar’ in a Chinese Rings puzzle, and six others are equivalent to the ‘rings’. The other 14 pieces in the puzzle construct a ‘cage’ or ‘box’ that holds the other pieces in place. The entire puzzle should perhaps be called a ‘boxed burr’, and might be more logically constructed with only a solid wooden cage, however Bill chose to dissect this outer shell into smaller burr-like pieces.To disassemble the puzzle, the rings and bar must be manipulated until the bar is freed. After the bar is removed, then the rings can be removed one-at-a-time, and finally the remaining pieces come apart easily."It requires 85 moves to remove the first piece and is a binary version of the Ternary burr
|Binary Burr - truly stunning!|
I have to say that I agree that it is MUCH looser than his usual but it still makes for a beautiful puzzle and a wonderful solving experience. It has taken me about 6 hours over 3 days to work out the sequence to remove the key piece and allow total disassembly! At one point during the process I managed to have one of the locking keys stuck out and spent an hour trying to remember/work out how I had got it there so I could put it back. At bed-time I had to put it away with the piece still protruding before Mrs S started to shout at me for going to bed too late and not being fit for work the following day. The next evening, after a lot of "effing" and "blinding", I got it back inside and had a little "drinkie" to calm my nerves! Then I started to explore again but a little more systematically. Last night I finally found the whole sequence - I really got stuck working out that last key piece. It is really quite different to the Ternary burr that I borrowed and a lovely logical set of moves - truly binary. Finally I ended up here:
|All the keys at their end points|
|Frame with keys - look at all those notches!|
|I hope to God that I can reassemble it|
So all I have to say is "Thank you Eric, you are a genius N times over!"
The other puzzles in my top picture are all beautiful and made from Maple, Walnut and Cherry and are some very unusual burrs. At the front is the Cold fusion, designed by Logan Kleinwaks and is a tougher more advanced follow-up to the Fusion puzzle that I discussed here. The workmanship is absolutely incredible on all of Eric's work and he has a few of these really interesting burrs still available including Fusion and Cold Fusion - they are so much more than a 6 piece burr. You really should have a look at them here - you really won't be disappointed.