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Some puzzles from last month’s sale are still available here

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Colonel’s Forest

Various Exotics and domestic hardwoods


Cubic Octahedron  (Designed by Christophe Lohe) Ships assembled

I was very surprised when I first saw this design. I was expecting a simple four piece assembly, much like Stewart Coffin’s Octahedral Cluster or 4 Piece Pyramid. It would be relatively easy to take apart and difficult to reassemble because of the confusing shape of the pieces. However, it takes a few moves to take this apart as well. And finding the first move can test your skills as well. I made these a bit larger to get as much gluing surface as possible. I was trying to avoid reinforcing all of the different joints which would increase the costs significantly. Needless to say, rough handling of the pieces should be avoided. Approx. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (9.5cm x 9.5cm x 9.5cm)



Somaa (Designed by Haym Hirsh) ships assembled or unassembled, your choice - Make a Soma Cube

This clever adaptation of the Soma cube uses, slightly modified, but traditionally shaped Soma(a) pieces. The challenge is that the pieces have be made from different sized cubes resulting in only one solution. I was surprised at how long it took me to make these. I kept making mistakes when gluing up the pieces! More of Hyam’s designs are on my bench. Approx. 2.0” x 2.0” x 2.0” (75.1cm x 5.1cm x 5.1cm)

Colonel’s Forest (Designed by George Sicherman) ships assembled or unassembled, your choice - Make a cube (from all 4 pcs.) or a symmetric shape from any pair of pieces

George sent me this clever design a while ago said it was almost a repeat of the Colonel’s Bouquet. So I filed it to look at sometime later. Once I did look it over, I found it to be a very nice little puzzle. The cube was relatively  easy to solve but two of the symmetric pairs were extremely difficult for me. I spent many evenings fussing over this one and I really enjoyed it. Made from a variety of woods, each puzzle is different. Approx. 1.625” x 1.625” x 1.625” (4.1cm x 4.1cm x 4.1cm)