Friday, March 20, 2020

Temporary Shop Closure

Hi puzzle lovers, how have you been?
Juno and I are good as always.

Probably, some people may have already noticed that we are temporarily closing our online shop and our eBay shop. It's just a temporary closing due to the diminution of international/domestic flights. For example, Qantas has decided to cut 90% of international flights. We still can ship parcels, but it might cause some issues like a delay or a missing parcel which we want to avoid. Therefore, we have decided to close our shop for a while. We will open our shop as soon as possible when the logistics return to normal.

Having said that, we are at home and are making puzzles as usual (a bit slower pace though), so, please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiry.

We have been making three kinds of puzzles, a small puzzle box, a burr puzzle and a big sequential discovery puzzle. While this situation is going on, we are making puzzles at home and preparing for the day of selling puzzles. When there is news from us, we will notify you sending our newsletter or write about it on this blog and our website. If you have not yet registered to our newsletter, please join it.

We hope you all have healthy days and keep yourselves safe.

Pluredro Newsletter: https://blog.pluredro.com/2017/11/pluredro-newsletter.html

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!

Yukari