|My latest delivery from Wood Wonders|
Brian finished making them and after I paid he let me know what the price of postage would be and after a small PayPal transaction they were dropped off in a small US post office (apparently to small to know what they were doing with international postage!). After a few weeks they had not arrived and I had not really thought much about it when Brian sent me an email to ask about their arrival. He asked me to wait a while longer and if they didn't make it here he would make good. Another 2 or 3 weeks later I received an email from the USPS that a certain Wood Wonders had sent me another package. I contacted him to offer some more money as I didn't want him to lose out and he wouldn't hear anything of it. It would appear that he had made a couple more and sent them off to me at his own expense. They arrived just a week later and that is a testament to his phenomenal customer service - you just know that whatever you buy WILL arrive and WILL be beautiful!
So with Vortex in the name it must have plenty of them! There were two versions available and I couldn't resist the one made from Wenge and Zebrawood - it is just stunning (my picture really doesn't do it justice). Overall the level is 126.96.36.199 with rotations which just seem to keep going and going. It is 3.75" x 3.75" x 1.875" in size. Playing with this early on reveals that there are quite a few possible starting moves and after separating the pieces a little it quickly becomes possible to rotate the individual pieces it various directions. Sometimes these moves end up blocking things and other moves open up further rotations. I played with this on and off for a few days and never seemed to get anywhere until one evening whilst watching TV with Mrs S I suddenly managed something new and opened up the Wenge board a whole lot more and movement of 2 of the Zebrawood pieces was considerably freer. A few moves later and first one then a second piece came out. After that it was fairly trivial to achieve complete separation. Here's the pieces:The first three rules of a good rotational puzzle is Rotation Rotation Rotation!
|I cannot resist these woods!|
I think this one may well end up on show in my living room - I haven't asked Mrs S yet but I think it is certainly beautiful enough to go on display with the more beautiful of my collection. Do you agree?
|Brackets Burr - how beautiful is that?|
This puzzle seems to have quite a lot of movement of the various pieces and once a few initial moves are made it opens up for a huge amount more. I managed to get lost several times and it took me quite a while to even get back to the start again. Gradually there are more possibilities discovered and I reached a point where it seemed that a piece might come out but it was just trapped by another single piece. No matter what I tried, I just couldn't work out a way past. I played with it every evening for 3 weeks and only managed to try the same thing over and over again! Yes madness I know but that's me! Eventually by accident something new happened and a slide was possible that unlocked my first piece! Now there was a HUGE amount of movement but again the pieces were still very heavily interlocked and it took me a good few days to release the next piece after which it was fairly trivial.
|Thank goodness it wasn't sent out in pieces!|
If you see any of these beauties up for sale then don't hesitate - they are brilliant challenges and remember that Brian's workmanship is fabulous and his customer service second to none!