|It's Painful by Yavuz Demirrhan!|
I couldn't afford a copy of everything unfortunately (as I know some of you out there are prone to buying the whole lot!) so I tried to be selective and get what I thought might be interesting and/or beautiful.
Starting with this gorgeous piece from Brian Menold - he has recently become a full time professional puzzle maker and is gradually expanding his repertoire and using more and more beautiful woods. The quality of his work is now up with the very best and I chose just one from him this time. I had to make do with only the one for purely financial reasons - I would have bought several had I been able (yes they are THAT good). Yavuz Demirrhan is one of the most prolific puzzle designers in the world now (with 388 designs on Ishino's site). He is a good friend who specialises in interlocking puzzles with very unusual shapes and solution sequences. I adore the burr puzzles that are being designed by Alfons Eyckmans and Stephan Baumegger but Yavuz' designs are really different - he tends not to go for the really high level solution - the aim is to make something interesting. I have quite a few of his puzzles now and I have never been disappointed. It was tough to actually settle on just one but out of them all this had the nicest combination of woods and interesting shape with medium difficulty level.
|Another Menold beauty|
So why might it be called painful? I was wondering that myself - the level is not particularly high at 14.5.3 and there are not lots of pieces to confuse you. The description on Brian's page simply says to
weave the 2 burr pieces through the 2 piece frame.My initial exploration quickly found a dead end and then found the obvious correct pathway. More small dead ends revealed themselves but never particularly deep and so I carried on about 8 moves to this point:
|Stuck here for so long it was "painful"|
Having managed that special move, I still and quite a lot of weaving of pieces in and out before the first piece came free - much to my surprise, the piece that actually was released first was not what I expected! Even releasing the next piece took a good bit of fiddling about. I love it! It will stay on display and be played with regularly - Thanks Brian and Yavuz!
|Only 4 pieces but still very 'painful'|
|Rupture by Dan Fast|
it's very difficult and may rupture your brain!The difficulty level is a moderate 21.7 which really does mean that it will be a challenge. The four internal burr pieces interact with the three looped cage pieces to create a series of gates and there are definitely a few short dead ends thrown in to confuse you. I solved this during the week and it certainly took me a while to disassemble the first piece. There is a lot of movement of the frame pieces (independently of each other) as well as all 4 burrs in different directions - I actually found the removal of the first piece a lovely little voyage and then really struggled to get any further. There is a huge amount of movement of the pieces once the first has been taken out but despite feeling quite unstable, it holds together very nicely. The removal of the second piece took an extra half hour and came as a surprise to both myself and the cat whose head it fell on! and after that the other pieces came out reasonably easily:
|Stunning precision and such simple pieces for a very pleasant puzzle|
|Gobi by Alfons Eyckmans|
|I just can't seem to solve it!|