I was delighted when it arrived earlier this week and it is just as special in real life as it was on Facebook. As you can see it is absolutely stunning having been made out of Cherry and Wenge. All the edges are beautifully bevelled and all the pieces fit together so perfectly that you cannot feel an edge between them.
I received it at the end of a VERY long day and after placating Mrs S about yet another delivery and having a bite to eat, I was too tired to do any more than idly fiddle with it. I took a photo and posted it on Facebook and a while later Dan asked whether I had solved it yet - he claimed that it was an easy one! Yeah! Right! He doesn't remember that I am really not terribly bright.
After a bit of fiddling around I had noticed that there are a few possible initial moves and thus a few potential dead ends. The following evening I settled down to have a proper go and systematically went through the possible starting moves. Luckily there aren't too many and it didn't take too long to find a pathway into the disassembly. Every single move is as smooth as butter - even when pushing pieces back into place the moves are perfect with no catching. This is achieved by having very fine internal bevels too - it's just a mark of the attention to detail given by Jakub and Jaroslav. After about 10 moves I got stuck - it took me a fair while to find the next move. This was more due to my lack of skills than anything because the design is a beautiful and actually almost a logical sequence. The level is 126.96.36.199.2.2 and once the first piece comes out it is then a matter of just quickly finding the correct sequence to remove the others. Unusually this burr remains stable right up until the last pair of pieces come apart and having kept them all in the order and orientation that they disassembled, I found it an equally fun puzzle to put back together.
|Crosscut Pieces - It's even beautifully engraved|
I know that one or two others (including Dan) have recently received a copy and enjoyed it. It should be up for sale on the Pelikan website very soon. These are all individually numbered and will be only available for a short while - grab them as soon as you see them go up. I'm afraid the wonderful Mimicry that I reviewed a few weeks ago seems to have sold out already.
My next worry bead is:
"Transfer is the second of the NOS designs and is simple to disassemble but quite tricky to reassemble. It has a very unique coordinate motion that is absolutely non-intuitive and surprising."Now if Eric says it is "quite tricky to reassemble" then that gives me considerable reason for fear! I already own one of his older coordinate motion burrs (the missing notch) and it took me weeks before I was able to find the dexterity to reassemble it myself! It would have been easier to ask the present wife to assist me but I am far too frightened of the inevitable Whack! Ouch! to risk that!
When I received the latest pair from Eric, I quickly explored them both and established that I loved the Crenel (NOS 5) but when I saw the movement that the Transfer started with, I shied away with fear:
|Every piece moves simultaneously and in different directions!|
|Separates into 3 linked pairs of pieces|
|2 identical piece types - just look at those cuts!|
This one has also become another worry bead for me this week - the dis- and re-assembly are a lovely fun movement and quite soothing for me. I really hope that Eric has second thoughts and makes the others in the series - they do look quite complex but surely, if anyone can do it then Eric is the man?
It's well worth your while grabbing that last copy from the Cubic dissection site and whilst you're at it pick up the last copy of Crenel too.
Don't tell Mrs S but there might be a few more parcels on their way over just now. Whack! Ouch! Too late - she was watching over my shoulder - who'd have thought someone so dangerous could be so quiet on their feet? Whack! Ouch! Sorry dear!