Sunday, February 16, 2020

Pinned Framed Burr, 16th Auction Results

We have started selling three kinds of Pinned Framed Burrs 16th February at 07:00 Brisbane time.

Each one consists of five pieces including the frame and the required moves for the first pieces are 149, 50 and 40. Juno tried to use up roughly dressed Burmese Teak of about 15 mm thickness in our timber stock and designed the puzzles to suit the stock of timber.

We have put up a prototype and a PNG Rosewood versions of Pinned Framed Burr on eBay auction and both winning bids became higher than the price of the product version.

 The sales results are as follows:

Pinned Framed Burr L (Prototype): $153.00
Pinned Framed Burr L (PNG Rosewood) $152.50
Total: $305.50

This time, we have donated half of the sales amount $153.00 to Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund to support wild animals endangered by the long lasted bushfires in Australia. Here is the transaction records of the donation next.

Thank you for puzzle lovers who have participated in the eBay auction.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Loopy L Cube #3

Here comes the third version of Loopy L Cube.

Loopy L Cube #3 has through holes and their shape is a simple cylinder. This feature increases more possible combinations of the pieces and makes the puzzle trickier. I have been playing this puzzle for sometime, yet I have not solved it. Same as the previous Loopy L Cube #1 and #2, #3 looks like a child's toy block and looks easy, but it is not. If I compare the difficulty level of each of them, the bigger the number, the harder it is. Which means #3 is the most difficult one in Loopy L Cube at this time.

The wooden dowels were made by ourselves using a special jig. Common wooden dowels or rods that we can purchase at Australian hardware stores are made from Tasmanian Oak or Pine which are whitish colours. When it comes to need a darker colour dowel, there is only one option, making it by hand.
After many trials and errors, Juno finally invented an efficient way of making wooden dowels. The dowels he makes are a more accurate cylindrical shape than the dowels that are sold. As you see, the dowels that are used to Loopy L Cube #3 are dark brown. This is Jarrah.

Each L-shape piece is made of Silky Oak. Look at those textures, it doesn't look like they were made from the same timber, but they are all Silky Oak. Some have a dark colour, some have a light colour, some have leopard like spots, and some have fine line patterns.
Juno has chosen using Koto for the tray that is a bright color opposite to the pieces.

If you think Loopy L Cube #3 seems easy to solve, just try it!


Thursday, December 26, 2019

New SD and Burr puzzle, 15th Auction Results

We have started selling the new puzzles on 26th December at 07:00 Brisbane time.

Ring Case is a sequential discovery puzzle that contains a finger ring inside. The goal of this puzzle is taking out the ring from the case.

Unbalanced 6 Board Burr looks somehow a bit odd and unbalanced because it has pieces of different thickness.
The burr has a level 16 unique solution that the ordinary 6 board burrs cannot achieve.

These puzzles are the last puzzles we produced in 2019. We will continue to make fun, original puzzles so please look forward to our next year's work!

We held an eBay auction and it ended on 23rd December.
This time, we had put 2 kinds of puzzles for 3 puzzles;
2nd grade of "Ring Case", also 2nd grade of "Unbalanced 6 Board Burr" and miniature "Unbalanced 6 Board Burr."
The sales results are as follows:

Ring Case: AUD $212.50
Unbalanced 6 Board Burr: AUD $67.00
Miniature Unbalanced 6 Board Burr: AUD $66.00

The total sales amount was AUD $345.50 and as we promised, we have donated half of the total sales amount. It was AUD $172.75, so we rounded it up and donated AUD $173.00 to AWLQ on Monday. Here is the receipt.

Our little pleasure is seeing fluffy friends at AWLQ after the donation, but there were only four cats. In a sense it is good that not many cats are waiting for a foster family.

Warm wishes for the glorious coming year!