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.