|The final 3 in the New Old School Series|
Eric produced the first four at the beginning of last year and with their very special coordinate moves hidden inside what looked like normal 6 piece burrs I just couldn't resist them at all and bought them immediately. I even said to "she who must be lied to" at that time that:
"These are something TOTALLY NEW! They might be a completely new puzzle category."The first 4 made my top ten of 2016 and I was very worried at the time that Eric did not think at that time last year that he could possibly produce the final 3 in the series because the stick shapes were so crazy. A large number of us encouraged him to have a try and after he had seen some 3D printed versions he decided to give it a go. I am delighted to have a fabulous series of 7 apparently innocuous 6 piece burrs with a helluva bite to them:
|Don't look like much do they? Apart from the beautiful wood they are marvelous puzzles.|
When they arrived (thankfully without being held up by customs) I immediately set to them over a week of evenings in front of the TV. I tried to pace myself to ensure that the enjoyment lasted a while and more importantly to ensure that I would be able to reassemble them after they came apart. I suspect that very few people in the world could assemble these from scratch if just given sticks and with coordinate motion moves and one with a rotation the current version of Burrtools would not be helpful.
|NOS4 - Go back|
After a little while it is clear that (like the previous puzzles in the series) there are some very nice moves inside and for me it almost progressed like a logic problem. Each coordinate motion opened up more linear moves and it did get to the point where it was possible to get lost in a circle. I was being very careful to lay down a mental pathway because getting lost was not something I wanted to contemplate. After a whole evening at it I managed to get the first piece out and quickly put it all back together again. I did not dare risk a full disassembly until I had really understood the path to the first piece. The following evening was the time when I found the 4th coordinate movement and had my 6 pieces - a quick look at this photo will reveal why Eric was so reticent about whether he could make them:
|Just look at the complexity of those pieces!|
|NOS6 - Dodge|
|One stick is rotating in place and ready to come out|
|Even more amazing pieces than NOS4!|
|NOS7 - Seizaine|
|Simply stunning design and craftsmanship|
As a service for people who do own them I have created 3 videos showing the puzzles, their disassembly and more importantly, the reassembly. It is just possible that some of you may be struggling to put your copies back together so hopefully these videos will be helpful. Obviously they are spoilers so only watch if you really want to see the solutions.