My first purchase from his new store was some time ago and the delivery was very delayed because first of all Yavuz sheepishly admitted that he had taken orders for more puzzles than he actually had made (of course I didn't mind waiting - I know that quality takes time and is worth waiting for) and after he had made my lovely new toys the British customs office held them for 3 weeks before releasing them to me! I had seen them at the last MPP and was getting desperate to get my mitts on them! When they did finally arrive, even Mrs S commented on how beautiful they were!
My first puzzle to play with was the Volantis puzzle pictured above. It is gorgeous in Maple, Padauk and Wenge and made all the more attractive with the strengthening dowels in contrasting colours. It's a strong structure and initially there is no movement at all. But disassembly is not the real challenge here being only level 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 - after a short while a key piece is found to be movable and after that it is a lovely sequence of sliding and lifting to disassemble it piece by piece. It actually remains stable almost until the end. At that point the fact that all the 3 piece types are the same is revealed with one obvious key:
|Can you spot the key piece?|
|A pretty stack of sticks!|
|Very simple pieces - should be an easy assembly? Gulp!|
|6 Pieces - not what I was expecting|
|Some very odd looking burr pieces|
So all of you should head over to Yavuz' store and support him - his puzzles are beautifully made and they may force you to change your thought processes just as they did with mine. Thanks Yavuz - I think I will be buying some more soon!
Now I have to really hope that Mrs S doesn't read this blog post - if there are no further posts from me then you will know that "she who makes a nuclear winter seem pleasant" has finally killed me, dismantled me and hidden the evidence! Whack! Ouch! Sorry dear, I really didn't mean it! During the week, whilst I was idly asking where I was going to put the new additions and suggesting that I needed more space in our spare room, she suggested that we have a new approach to my puzzles - she actually said:
"Solve one - Burn one! That way they never take up more space."AAAAARGH!
I have to take her seriously after she posed for this photo:
|If she does this then I'm running away!|