Monday, November 19, 2018

Sequential Discovery Burred Box

We released Sequential Discovery Burred Box yesterday. It is our last puzzle product to be released in 2018 and we are happy that we could have done that before Christmas. The puzzle looks like an ordinary six piece interlocking burr, but it is also a puzzle box and sequential discovery puzzle.

PNG Rosewood is used for the main part of the puzzle. The color of the timber varies from pale yellow to reddish brown. Some have streaks, and some have obvious multiple colors in a timber piece. We randomly pick up the assembled puzzles when they are sold. We hope our customers like the color and texture of the puzzle.

Juno wanted to produce more puzzles because it seems that there are big demands for puzzle box products, but during the complex production process, he lost roughly 15% of them. We put less than 70 of them on our shopping website, and thanks to our customers' support, more than two thirds were sold within 24 hours after the puzzle had been released. It is big surprise to us. We are able to enjoy a happy Christmas time.

The size of the puzzle is 101 mm x 101 mm x 101 mm. You might feel it is a bit chunky because the mass volume of the puzzle is three to four times bigger than the ordinary size six piece burr puzzles. It was necessary to have such a big size to contain a weird gimmick or mechanism in the puzzle.

We already have been working on our next puzzle products. The next puzzle would be a little different than what we have produced. It has a concrete and representational shape. I would like to say what shape it would be, I really would, but sorry this is a top secret now. At least, I can say lots of people would love it! I'm unsure but the release of the next puzzle will be next year. Please look forward to it! We wish we could produce more puzzles in 2019 and make you feel wow! and aha!

It may be a little early to say this, but ...
We hope your Holiday Season is fun with lots of puzzles, and full of sparkles!


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The 7th Auction Results

The auction we had held ended on 4th Nov.
The sales results are as follows:

T-16 (Jarraah Box): AUD $41.04
T-16 (Rosewood Box): AUD $26.55
6 Board Burr 5x8 #1: AUD $72.23
Level 8 Burr: AUD $76.00
Great Grate Puzzle: AUD $74.00

The total sales amount was AUD $289.82.

For donating half the amount of sales, we went to the Animal Welfare League QLD and met fluffy friends. Here is the receipt from Animal Welfare.

If we have got any 2nd grade puzzles or if I make mini-puzzles, we will hold an eBay auction someday again.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Great Grate Puzzle is on sale

The eBay puzzle auction has finished successfully and next is the time to start selling our new puzzle, the "Great Grate Puzzle."
A second grade Great Grate Puzzle was on the auction, so some of the readers might have seen pictures of it.

This is a puzzle that requires 32 moves to take the first piece apart from the assembled shape. There are only 32 possible assemblies for the puzzle and only one among them can be assembled. It looks a simple design, but I'm sure it is difficult to solve.

This puzzle was made from laminated plywood pieces. The number of puzzles is not many.

This is a type of puzzle I like. I like puzzles in which all the mechanism can be seen. I can scrutinize all the notches and it makes me think that it can be solved. In fact, most of the time what I thought that I was able to solve is a fantasy. Every time I grumble and mutter to myself, " What's this?", "What's wrong?", "Oops!" If I say, "Aha!" while I am playing, it is a high possibility to be solved.

I hope you enjoy playing with the Great Grate Puzzle.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Five puzzles to auction

If you are a regular reader of this blog, maybe you are thinking that it is about time that the next puzzle auction started. Yes, you are right!

We have put four kinds of puzzles, in total five puzzles, up for auction on eBay! This time, there is one puzzle that has never been produced before and I think this is a big opportunity to get it.
We are going to donate half of the sold amount of this auction to The Animal Welfare League Queensland as we have always done.

The great Grate Puzzle puzzle which is second grade will be selling after the auction on our online shop. Four puzzles are small puzzles that were made by me (Yukari).

The details of each puzzle are here:

Juno designed this packing puzzle in 1990. The puzzle consists of all 16 T-shaped pieces that have four to seven cubic volumes. He produced only two or three of these puzzles in the past as his woodworking hobby.
The packed puzzle pieces make two layers in the box, a 6 x 6 square for the upper layer and an 8 x 8 square for the lower layer.

6 Board Burr 5x8 #1
The puzzle was designed in 2007 and it has never been produced because no one except Juno himself knew the puzzle. He neither did open the puzzle design to the public. So, this is the first time the puzzle has been sold. The puzzle has a unique level 5-11-4-3-3 solution.

Level 8 Burr
One day, Juno realized there were leftovers of reasonable size of plywood. He designed this puzzle so the pieces fit in those remaining plywood. This 12-piece board burr puzzle has 1104 solutions, and all of these require 8 moves to take the first piece apart from the assembled shape. The same as 6 Board Burr 5x8 #1, this is the first time the puzzle has become public and is being sold.

Great Grate Puzzle (2nd grade)
After the auction, we are going to release this board burr puzzle at a retail price of AU $96.00. Because this particular one has several marks of mending, we don't want to sell it as our regular product and decided to put it on auction. The puzzle has a very complex level 32-6-7-3-4 unique solution.

We are waiting for you to join the eBay auction!