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