Saturday, May 19, 2018

The 5th Auction Results

We held an eBay auction and it ended on 18th May.
This time, we had put 2 puzzles that had subtle imperfections.
The sales results are as follows:

Quarted Box:  AUD355.00
Alcyone:           AUD44.44

The total amount was AUD399.44. As we had promised, we donated half of the sales (AUD200.00 )to AWLQ (Animal Welfare League Queensland) to support dogs and cats today. Here is the receipt of the donation.

We thought that there are cats in the facility of the AWLQ Beenleigh Rehoming Centre, but there are no cats. It's nice that there are not many cats that are waiting for a foster family, but other AWLQ facilities have lots of cats, dogs, birds and farm animals. We hope our donation will be helpful for them.
These are pictures of fluffy friends that welcomed us today.

We are going to hold the same type of auction when we get puzzles with subtle flaws. I think this is a good chance to get a puzzle at a low price.

Every time we start an auction, we will send a newsletter. If you are interested in auctions or our new puzzle information, please join the Pluredro newsletter!

The details of registration is on the following page.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

We have put two puzzles up for auction on eBay!

We started selling Alcyon, Merope and Quartet Box last Monday, but there are two puzzles that we hesitate to sell as products left. Both puzzles are new and fully operational to play with.

As we have always done, we are going to donate half of the sales of this auction to the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ).

Both puzzles start from $1.00 AUD!
We are looking forward to you joining our auction!


This is a second grade Alcyon which has obvious chipout on the pieces.

Quartet Box

The gears of Quartet Box is made with eight kinds of timber, but there is one left that cannot be completed with eight colours.

Monday, May 7, 2018

3 New Puzzles on Sale!

We have started selling our three new puzzles!

One of the three is a trick opening puzzle box and we named it Quartet Box. You will be able to know why we named it "Quartet" if you play with it.
The other two puzzles are 6-piece interlocking burr puzzles, but they are non-orthogonal. The shape of these two look like a shining star, so we took names from the stars in the Pleiades star clusters, Alcyon and Merope.
Please take a look at each puzzle's details on our online shop pages.

While making three puzzles, some puzzles that we hesitate to sell as products remain.
The four gears of the production version of Quartet Box is made with eight kinds of timber, but there is one left that cannot be completed with eight colours.
There is also a second grade Alcyon which has obvious chipout on the pieces. Both of them can be played with no problem.

After a while, we are going to put them on eBay auction. As we have always done, we are going to donate half of the sales of this auction to the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ). According to AWLQ, they maintained zero euthanasia by donation last year. We hope our little donation will be a help for them.

We will let you know about the auction on this blog and by our newsletter. If you have not registered for our newsletter, please take a look at the bottom left of our shop website.

Friday, April 13, 2018

My new blog has started

Today's topic isn't related to puzzles. This is my (Yukari's) personal advertising of a new blog which was started in late February. I was not going to tell anyone about my blog but when nearly two months passed, I realized that my blog is like making a speech on top of Mt. Everest, no one can notice me. So, I have decided to introduce my blog here.

I have started the blog for improving my English ability and I wanted to write about what I'm interested in. The title is "Random thoughts with my puzzle sense." I know it's too long for the blog title and people who are SEO professionals wouldn't say this is good. Lots of people are using "Random thoughts" for their blog title and, I wanted to use the word "puzzle" in the title. As a result, it ended up like this.

I'm not a scientist but sometimes I pick up a topic which is related to science. Therefore, if scientists read my blog, they might think I'm writing stupid things. For example, one of my blog posts is "Do scientists invite total strangers to their home?" This is totally a lay opinion but personally I like this. My blog is not always written about puzzles but if you are a person who has puzzle sense, it might amuse you. Please take a look.


Random thoughts with my puzzle sense:

P.S. Juno is currently making new puzzle. Please look forward to it!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The fourth puzzle auction results

The 4th auction of T-Slot Burr has ended on 12th March.
The results are as follows:
2nd Grade #1:AUD $66.00
2nd Grade #2:AUD $56.00
Prototype:AUD $49.00
Total:AUD $171.00

The total sales amount was AUD $171.00. As we promised, we donated a half of the sales price, AUD $85.50, to the local vet for treating wild animals and here is the receipt of the vet.

Unfortunately, the sick cockatoo that we had brought to the vet in January couldn't survive but the money we donated will be used for injured or sick wild animals.

We are now working on the next puzzle that contains unique functions that you have never seen before and .... sorry we cannot tell you about it yet.
But I'm sure that you will be smiling when you look at it, like a little cat mascot at reception at the vets.

Please look forward to seeing our new puzzle!

Pluredro Online shop: T-Slot Burr

Monday, March 12, 2018

T-Slot Burr on sale

We have started selling our new puzzle "T-Slot Burr."

We haven't released rectilinear interlocking burr puzzles for a while maybe because our brand name, Pluredro (Esperanto), means polyhedron in English and Juno is eager to produce polyhedral shape puzzles. We also released a couple of puzzle boxes after the production of Visible Framed Burr, so maybe it is time to release another traditional burr puzzle.

T-Slot Burr is based on a cubicle grid, and by the restriction of the combination of t-slots and t-rails, each piece moves in a linear motion following X, Y and Z axis. I mentioned it as being "traditional", but the T-Slot Burr has a very characteristic assembled shape because of the external grooves on the pieces. Unlike some very talented puzzle solvers, for example, someone like Derek Bosch, most people cannot memorize the complicated three-dimensional shapes in their mind and move puzzle pieces around in the brain. So, Juno decided to make grooves not only on the inside of the puzzle pieces but also on the outside of the puzzle pieces to help visualize the structure of the puzzle. Now the assembled shape of the puzzles resembles an electric circuit, a neural network and so on.

T-Slot Burr has a unique level 18-8-1-1-3 solution. Juno designed a lower-level puzzle in his mind and arranged it and made it have more complex solutions using computer aid, especially by Burr Tools. It may not be difficult to disassemble the puzzle, but assembling the puzzle is very challenging.

Happy puzzling everyone! 

T-Slot Burr at Pluredro Shop

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

T-Slot Burr to Auction

We have put three puzzles up for auction on eBay!

Every puzzle starts from $1.00 AUD! Please note that the product price that is going to sell in our online shop after the auction will be 120.00 AUD.

Please have a look at the Pluredro eBay shop and join the auctions.

We will soon start selling level 18-8-1-1-3 T-Slot Burr puzzle. During the production of the puzzle, we had a few puzzles that we were reluctant to sell at a fixed price because of some imperfections even though all of them were fully functional to play with. So, we decided to put those puzzles on auction. Here are the brief notes for the three puzzles below.

2nd grade #1
A part of the puzzle pieces are sapwood and the surface of the pieces is slightly rough compared to the normal version.

2nd grade #2
Juno made mistakes when he made a couple of drill holes for the screws and he needed to fill those holes using bamboo skewers. The total quality of this puzzle is better than #1.

This prototype doesn't have any featured decoration grooves on the outer surface of the pieces. Quality of timber and finishing are not good as two of the 2nd grade ones.

As we have always done, we are going to donate a half of the sales of this auction. We used to donate to an animal shelter but this time we are going to donate for a wildlife cause.

In late January this year, we found a sulphur-crested cockatoo in the backyard and it looked very weak. It kept still on the ground.

Next day, we saw the same sulphur-crested cockatoo sitting just in front of the kitchen window and it looked like it could barely balance and stand on the lawn. So, we took him to the local vet and the vet said that wild animals can be treated by donations.

Therefore, we have decided to donate some money to the local vet for helping injured or sick wild animals. We will show you the result after we donate on this blog someday.

T-Slot Burr Auction on eBay

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!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Four Puzzles to Auction

We have put four 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.

Please note that the puzzles we have put up for the auctions are prototype or 2nd grade. Compared with the products we are selling at our shop, material, spraying, finishing and precision look to be at a disadvantage. When you bid, please make sure of the quality by looking at the pictures on eBay.

Mirii CFT

This puzzle is assembled with 30 pieces all of different shapes for becoming the form of compound of five tetrahedra. This puzzle is made of pinewood and is non-coated.
We are going to sell this puzzle's product version that was made with five different colours of hardwood soon. They look much more gorgeous than the prototype. Please look forward to them!

Mirii 4x3

This prototype puzzle is thin-coated and made with pinewood. The regular product of this puzzle is made with three different hardwood and is selling at A$132.00.

Reza 4x4

Maybe this puzzle is suitable to be described as a 2nd-grade puzzle rather than a prototype. Juno cut the puzzle pieces from the end of the long stocks of timber. Therefore, there are subtle snipe marks on some pieces caused by the thicknesser and also there are a few hairline cracks on them.

Complete set of Pisa #2

There are 16 possibilities for the pieces of Pisa #2. When Juno designed Pisa #2 + Cubin Burr, he chose the eight pieces which are one of the most elegant selection and can be a unique solution. The prototype that is up for the auction is a 16-piece complete-set type that contained the pieces that can be assembled for two unique solutions of cubes.

Well, Juno's birthday is coming soon.
We are going to donate half of the sold amount of this auction to The Animal Welfare League Queensland.
 Maybe another half, Juno wants to eat delicious sushi for his birthday.
So, we are looking forward to you joining our auction!