This past week I was browsing Etsy like one does and came across this seller of chopsticks cum puzzle maker. I purchased 5 puzzles and thought that would be the end of it. Later that day I recieved a message asking if I would like a 6th puzzle that he hadn't listed. Sure, why not, the price was good and I am all for completeness. The puzzles arrived rather quickly, and I brought them in for George to see. He of course put them into Burr Tools as is his standard MO.
I bought the puzzles because I liked the idea of using reclaimed cutoffs to make them. The thought of using all those bits rather than tossing or burning them appealed to me. When I looked at the puzzles I was originally purchasing them to add to the collection. James gave me a good piece of advice, he said I couldn't possibly purchase all of the puzzles I saw, but should go for a variety. I've had a breadth over depth philosophy for a while now and this was an extension of that. Ok. Ok. We don't talk about twisty puzzles, or Berrocals...
As it turned out, these were fun little things that would be wonderful gateway puzzles. They are simple enough for newbies but with enough of a challenge to keep them going for a while. They are puzzles you can put on your coffee table and not worry about taking hours to solve if they get mucked up. I rather enjoyed the scrap pack box while George's favorite was the stealth bomber. I think he liked the single color of the main piece. I'm eager to see what his pieces numbered 4 through 9 are like.
Yes, those are a few Pro puzzles by Peter Heim. No, I haven't opened them yet. I'm not that clever.
On Puzzle Palace news, nothing more exciting than puzzle hunting is happening here. I have spent the last week doing a good clean up of our home. The people who were to put the first epoxy layers on the garage floor in the museum came down with COVID and are (thankfully) putting us on hold for 2 more weeks. Nothing else has happened here. I should be grateful for the downtime. Next week the landscaping will be done at Puzzle Palace, then it's replacing the pool decking and all will be finished until the next go round.
Finally, I will copy a post from Jame's webpage. Now I know this is not news to my few readers, but I am posting it for two reasons. The first is the line in red. I ask that this be respected and that the emails asking me to sell our duplicates stop. We haven't even recieved the collection yet and I feel as though the vultures are circling. I'm spending all too much time repeating that we will not sell or trade anything for 3 more years.
The second is to show how long James has been looking for a home for his collection. We are honored that he chose us to carry on the guardianship of this impressive collection. We can't begin to thank him enough.