Monday, September 10, 2018

Five Puzzles Auction Ended

The puzzle auction we had held was ended on 6th September successfully. We had put in 5 puzzles, including 3 mini puzzles.
The results are as follows:

Meanders Box (2nd grade) AUD 83.00
3D Shuriken (Test version) AUD 51.00
H Burr (Mini puzzle) AUD 125.95
6 Board Burr #1 (Mini puzzle) AUD 33.10
6 Board Burr #2 (Mini puzzle) AUD 63.00

As we promised, we donated half the sales amount to the local animal shelter, AWLQ today. Here's some pictures we had taken at the AWLQ.

The donated money will be used for these cats and dogs' food and treatment cost.

I'm completely pleased with the results this time and have begun to make new mini puzzles. It's a little early to tell, but I'm making mini puzzles including new puzzles that we haven't sold before.

These are pictures of puzzles in production now. Can you guess what types of puzzle they are?
Please look forward to the next auction!


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Five puzzles to auction

We have put five puzzles up for auction on eBay!
Every puzzle starts from $1.00 AUD!
Please have a look at the Pluredro eBay shop and join the auctions.

Meanders Box (2nd grade)
This is a 172 steps version of Meanders Box. As you see on the image, there is an obvious chipout on the grooved lid. There is also a hairline crack on one of the upper white rail piece. The puzzle has no problem to play with but we don't want sell the puzzle as our regular product.

3D Shuriken (test version)
Juno made the test version of 3D Shuriken using Utile timber before the production of the regular Burmese Teak version. The puzzle has a bit of a loose fitting compared to the regular version and sanding and arrising are also plain.

The following three miniature puzzles are made by Yukari, one of the owner of Pluredro Shop. Please also have a look at her blog entry about the miniature puzzle.

H Burr (made by Yukari)
The puzzle is made by Yukari. Solid Burmese Teak is used for the puzzle.

6 Board Burr #1 (made by Yukari)
Plywood of American Black Walnut and Koto is used for the puzzle. This classic puzzle designed in 1990 has a slanted checkout and the solution is a bit unusual.

6 Board Burr #2 (made by Yukari)
Plywood of Blackbean and Sliverash is used for the puzzle. The larger version of this puzzle was exchanged at the 16th International Puzzle Party held in Luxembourg in 1996.

The above puzzles, H Burr, 6 Board Burr #1 and 6 Board Burr #2 that I (Yukari) made are small but can be played with.

As serious cat lovers, we are going to donate half of the sold amount of this auction to The Animal Welfare League Queensland. They also support stranded dogs, houses and other small animals as well, so we also welcome all animal lovers to attend the auction.


Monday, August 27, 2018

3D Shuriken

We have released a very difficult interlocking burr puzzle, 3D Shuriken.

Shuriken is a kind of weapon also called a Ninja star. There are various types of shurikens that have symmetrical and flat shapes. Juno designed the puzzle preserving its highly symmetrical shape and he made it three dimensional, so he named the puzzle as 3D Shuriken.

It is a very difficult puzzle and Juno says that it is almost impossible for human beings to assemble the puzzle if the puzzle pieces are handed disassembled and you have no preliminary clue about the orientation of the pieces. There are a possible 297 assemblies to the puzzle but only one can be assembled in three-dimensional space.

The timber used for the puzzle is Burmese Teak sold as "second grade" because there are lots of knots on the surface and the grains are very woven. These kinds of timber are not popular for boat builders because they don't want knots, but we could avoid dead knots when we cut the pieces and also Juno really likes the character of the timber. We had a win-win situation with a Teak lumber dealer and happily bought this gorgeous and precious timber.

Juno made a test version of the puzzle during the production and we are planning to put it on eBay auction in early September. A few of my miniature puzzles would be put on auction as well, so if you buy something else together, the shipping cost of the miniature puzzle is free because the puzzle has almost no weight and it can be combined for shipping without extra charge.

If you would like to get and enjoy the puzzle very soon, yep, they are available at our online shop.