Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ixia Box on sale!

We have released the new puzzle "Ixia Box" on our online shop!

If you have seen our previous secret box type puzzles: Diamond Case and Club Case, you may have expected Heart or Spade cases for the next. However, this time, Juno designed a puzzle on an Ixia flower motif. The Ixia has a beautiful shape of six-fold symmetry.

Ixia Box is more fit to be called a sequential discovery puzzle rather than a secret-opening puzzle box. Juno designed it so that you are able to see a hint for the next step while you are playing.

Ixia Box is made with lots of kind timber. The main body is made of Papua New Guinea Rosewood and Jarrah, the side decoration panel is Ebony, and the inner parts are Util and Bubinga (Sapwood). On the top of the box, there are two flowers, one is a two-coloured flower and another one is a three-coloured flower. The two-coloured flower is made with Jarrah (dark petals) and Koto (light colour petals), the three-coloured flower is made with Jarrah (slightly light colour of ordinary Jarrah), Koto (light colour petals) and Queensland Maple (brown).

This puzzle is made with not only timber but there are lots of metal parts inside. It also contains dense timber, so when you hold it, you will feel a substantial volume.

In the process of manufacturing the Ixia Box, the CNC router was hugely successful. There are several parts that couldn't be made accurately without using the CNC router such as the shape of an Ixia flower. To make one Ixia Box, it took about several hours running the CNC router. There was more production process which needed time; therefore, Juno started making the Ixia Box in December 2017 and it took about three months to finish it.

We are now very happy to finish making the Ixia Box and waiting for you enjoy it!

Friday, January 26, 2018

The 3rd Auction Results

Our 3rd auction event has ended on 18th January.
This time we had put 4 puzzles on eBay.
The results are as follows:

AU $103.51 Mirii CFT (Prototype)
 AU $43.00 Mirii 4x3 (Prototype)
 AU $71.00 Reza 4-4 (2nd grade)
 AU $44.00 Pisa #2 (Prototype)
AU $261.51 Total  / 2 = AU $130.76 >> AU $131.00 Donation

Juno and I visited AWLQ Willawong Animal Rehoming Centre yesterday and donated about a half of sales AU $131.00.

Then, we met fluffy friends there.

We will do the same type of auction someday again. If you are interested in auctions or our new puzzles, please register the Pluredro newsletter.

We would appreciate your cooperation.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mirii CFT now on sale!

We have started selling our new puzzle "Mirii CFT."
The word "Mirii" is an Aboriginal word and it means star. CTF stands for compound of five tetrahedra and it describes the shape of this puzzle. Every different shape of piece form five tetrahedra, and when they are all assembled it will form the shape of a star-shaped polyhedron.

Mirii CFT is a very difficult puzzle to solve. Every piece has a similar shape and even if you assemble it seeing the solution, you may mix up pieces. Juno who designed the puzzle says that he remembered the solution of Mirii CFT after he assembled about five of them, but once he forgets the solution it would be impossible to assemble it without seeing the solution.

The timber which were used for Mirii CFT were Koto, Blackbean, Queensland Maple (citrus family tree), Jarrah and PNG Rosewood. The length of the piece is 240mm (0.945in), a cross section is a square of 18mm x 18mm (0.71in x 0.71in). Juno processed every timber to form 19mm x 19mm (0.75in x 0.75in) cross sections and dried them at the DIY kiln. He left them inside our workplace and after he acclimatized them, he put them through the thicknesser and made them the target sizes. The edges of the pieces are all arrised.

Juno machined very carefully but there were lots of difficulties and he lost many pieces during the operations. Ultimately, we have finished making 15 Mirii CFT, we will keep one for ourselves so there are 14 Mirii CFT which can be sold. Maybe he won't make this puzzle in the future again, so this is the first time and the last time to sell.

I personally think Mirii CFT looks gorgeous with its five different coloured timber. I hope puzzle lovers will love this complicated and beautiful timber puzzle.

Happy puzzling everyone!