|Wood Wonders! Just soo beautiful!|
Over the last few years I have posted quite a few puzzle reviews extolling the virtues of the workmanship of Brian Menold from Wood Wonders. Numerous times I have exclaimed at how accurately everything was made (his quality is up with the very best of the craftsmen) and the beauty of the woods chosen. A month or so ago I found out that poor Brian (who has already had a LOT of upset in his life) had been made redundant from his previous employment. Choosing not to be brought down by the change, he immediately saw it as an opportunity to change his life around and undertake something professionally that had previously been just a hobby for him. Brian decided to turn puzzle making into a career - it was something he enjoyed and this would give him a chance (his own words) to "push his boundaries a bit".
I immediately wanted to support him in his endeavours and vowed to buy as many puzzles as I could afford (although I seem to do that to ALL puzzle craftsmen!) and I also offered some advice about his site and purchasing mechanism. I managed to nab a couple from his last batch - he has been in contact with the amazing Turkish puzzle designer Yavuz Demirhan (amazing because as of writing this he has 369 puzzles published on Ishino's site) and has produced quite a few really beautiful and really interesting puzzles from his catalogue.
These two particularly appealed to me - I love the look and they seemed different to the usual burrs that I had bought previously.
|Looks just as good dismantled!|
|Also stunning in pieces!|
Hopefully Brian will be producing another batch sometime soon - the puzzles are beautifully made, from gorgeous wood and designed brilliantly to be a nice little challenge without making your head explode. I hope that he will start to offer some slightly more difficult puzzles too. The prices have gone up over the years but he does have to earn a living from it and wood is more expensive now. Keep an eye on his site for an update - I know I will be! I now have 22 puzzles from Brian and definitely need more!