Showing posts with label Eric Fuller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eric Fuller. Show all posts

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Days 4-11 of the Advent PuzzleTree

Some of you may have been following on FaceBook as I post photos of George's advent gifts. Since I'm not open to public viewing, I shall continue to post them here. Today I give you a rather large clump of puzzles caused by a glitch in the editing program of blogger. When I tried to add days 4-5 last week, I was confronted by html code. I can't do anything with that so I gave up and let the blog post. Only later to realize there is a little button that got pushed.  Who hasn't been at this for a while?

On Day 4 George opened DDD burr set. Made by Darryl Adams, Brian Turner, and Eric fuller. It was purchased from There are 12 tiny burr pieces in the box. Of course the first thing he did was to enter the pieces into burr tools to see how many solutions there are for it. These pieces are tiny. about 1/2"x 1 1/2". Very small for my lovers big mitts. Brian has a webpage selling other burr pieces, I'm told none of which were included in the DDD set. 

Day 5 brought him 2-in-one puzzle Designed by Oskar and made again by Eric over at cubicdissection. As with the earleir puzzles, he chucked this one into burrtools but this time there was a twist. He didn't know the finished solution so he did a bit of creative programming of it. After he got the burrtools solution to work, he set about solving the puzzle. This time it was more difficult and required the aid of rubber bands and an extra set of hands. Our puzzle is now assembled (incorrecly) and on the shelf in my office. 

Day 6 was the tumbler puzzle by Jon Keegan. He did not like it at all. He opened the box and went straight to a video of the solution. After one botched attempt, the puzzle was thrown at me to attempt. I was sick that day and had a brain of mush. Needless to say, I didn't get far with it either. It now resides up in the metal room alongside the cylinder puzzles it was named after. 

Day 7 was yet another hit for puzzles. Back to something he likes. Get in the Box by Andrey Ubtjuzhanin. He initially thought it was a TIC, but after disassembly, he realized he was wrong. He made short work of this puzzle. It was disassembled and analyzed within all of 10 minutes. (He's a clever one, unlike his wife.) He then set about putting it into burr tools along side the other Advent PuzzleTree puzzles.

Day 8 was caged poly cubes designed by
John Rausch
made by
Eric Fuller
. It almost got tossed away because yours truly is an idiot and only gave him the cage. After a photo on facebook and some help from a friend, the cubes were found in the box for day 17.
That would have been a long wait to finish a puzzle. Day 17 was then swapped out by yet another puzzle I had in my top secret gift hiding spot. FYI: burr tools says it will take two years to solve. It is now up and running on his desktop that he rarely uses. One day he'll be able to solve it.

Day 9 was yet another burr set. This time from Rombol. He has yet to put it into Burr tools. I'm not saying much about this because I am sure I'll post on his burr sets later. He's amassing quite the collection and burrs are like Berrocals. You can never have too many. Right?

Day 10 George received T-one by Osanori Yamamoto. I thought it would take him a while, but he had it finished in no time. He rather enjoyed it I think. There were a few twists and turns that I could never manage. But looking at this photo now, I do believe I have a 3D printed version of it up in the circular room.

Day 11 was opened and inside he found Stepping Burr by Eric Fuller. This one was purchased back in March so to be honest, I totally forgot I had purchased it. I'm sure it will go into Burr Tools tomorrow. Tonight he got called to dinner soon after he opened it. It was a fun one to watch him solve. 17 moves and a shake and he had it in pieces.

I hope you've enjoyed this week. More to come.

Monday, December 31, 2012

On the 7th day of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
7 Eric Fuller's
6 Tony Fisher's
5 Richard Hess'
4 Mr. Fok's
3 Da Yans
2 Brian Young's
And Stickman in a pine tree.

Eric Fuller is the brains (and the brawn) behind cubic dissection.  If you haven't been over there, now's the time to go look.  Eric is a builder extraordinaire and another all around great guy!  What's not to love about this guy, he's big, he's brawny, he's an amazing builder, he loves a good cigar, and he's ex-service.  What a dude!

I have passed the bull with Eric for a while now, but it wasn't until this past IPP that I finally got to meet him. I must say, I completely enjoyed the time I spent with him and look forward to doing it again.

Over the past few years I've gotten a few puzzles made by Eric and I haven't been disappointed by any of them.  They truly are lovely pieces of wood that just so happen to form a puzzle.  I've blogged about one or two in passing and am sure once I open the others I've bought from him I'll blog about them as well.  :)  Head over to cubic dissection to see what he has to offer, then snap one up.  You won't be sorry!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Open Window

Todays puzzle was designed by Tom Jolly and exchanged and made by Tim Urdall. I looked at this one a couple of times and passed it up because I thought it would be too hard. It looked quite similar to a puzzle I just purchased from Eric Fuller and we all know how that one worked out for me.

Yesterday I decided I needed to go get some new puzzles to put in my bag. This one caught my eye so out of the suitcase it came and into my bag it went. Yes, the IPP puzzles are still in the suitcases but this time it's for a better reason than just me being lazy. I've friends coming over in the next month and as long as they are still in the suitcase it's easy for me to bring them along.

Back to the open window. I took it out this morning for a bit and fiddled but got nowhere as is my usual case. I went round and round with nothing happening. And then this afternoon when I finished my self criticism I pulled it out again and went in that same round about twice. Then I actually thought about the puzzle I slid the pieces round a bit more and then I looked at the bits to see what was going on. Ah ha! Got it. OPEN THE WINDOW! Just like at the old farm house. Great puzzle!

The puzzle is simply a frame with four squares inside. One is just a place holder. The other three have grooves along the side and bits added in. Take it apart and then put it back together again. That's all there is to it.

I think there might be one over on puzzlers paradise. Of so, I'd snag it up if I were you. It's a fun one!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A lot of puzzles to solve...

If you read my blog, you'll realize I was in Guangzhou this past weekend for the 8th anniversary of the Mf8 forum.  While across the border I met up once again with friends old and new.  I really do love these guys.  We have so much fun! It's odd. Kevin from PuzzleMad once called me one of the guys.  Well, when I go over there, that is just exactly what I feel like.  I was explaining "he is my brother from another mother" to Tom, and after that, it was done.  I was called "my brother" the rest of the night.  Now most ladies would probably be upset by this, but for me it was a great pleasure.  It means that gender bias thing is gone! What a relief that I never again need to worry about that different gender thing. and I'm also very pleased to report that the guys were still gentlemenly enough to carry those super heavy bags for me.  (they also carried Michael's so that's not saying much!)

ENOUGH!  I'll write up a full trip report when I can find a bit of time in the next week.  In the mean time, I wanted to tease you all with some puzzle photos.  Normally when I go over there, I come back with upwards of 100 new toys.  this time?  I didn't really go do any shopping, and didn't see any toys in the stores that we did go to that caught my fancy.  That's not to say I came home empty handed. I did have a few toys by the end of the weekend.  I was very graciously given a number of puzzle gifts from my friends.  I was happy that I could return the gesture with my puzzle monsters (which by the way were a real hit!)

This trip netted a whopping 10 puzzles!  But each and everyone is very special.  They were gifts (all but that 8x8x8, but that's another story)  Yes, I know there are only 9 in the photo, but I also got a nine piece burr that was hiding in a box.

So what have we here?  I only know the names of a few.  The orange one is a upcoming release from Mf8 and Da Yan.  The silver one laying on the side is Wil Strijbos washer cylinder.  This one has been reviewed by Kevin, Oli, and Allard.  Unlike them, I haven't managed to open mine yet.  I will one of these days I swear I will!

A TomZ/Mf8 3x4x5 is in the bunch.  I told Tom if I didn't get one, I would have to kill him next time I saw him.  (see the prototype for my exchange puzzle was put on hold for TomZ's puzzle-but since it's a nice one, I'll forgive him!
Let's see, the green football puzzle and the wooden 4 piece are gifts from the teacher-I must go through my boxes and find a few for him.  The black and white 4x4x4 is actually an AJ's version of the camouflage 3x3x3.

The orange one is a 5 layer 6 armed core thing without a name :-)  I don't know what to call it, but it's from the Duo of Da Yan and Mf8.  As is the dino thing there. That was a hoot.  He just looked at me, said here Roxy and tossed it over.  In the bag it went! Yes, now I canfinally play with it.  The other one I have is signed so mucking is out of the question.

But it wasn't all fun.  I did have some puzzle causalties.  3 to be exact.  My Rattle box from Eric Fuller doesn't bounce.  It hit the floor in the hotel room and one piece snapped off.  The 5^5 Octahedron I got from CuberVietnam now needs a new core as somehow that got broke, and I lost my Leesho puzzle to SmaZ.  (Well, ok, he liked it so I gave it to him...but that's just semantics isn't it?)

Right, Those are the puzzles of the weekend.  Reviews of them may or may not come at a future date.   Trip report and Hong Kong toys fair update coming early next week!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Havana box #1

Wow is all I can say!  I want a better cigar!  Ok, so I bought this box at the last minute.  It was one of those impulse buy type things and I seriously thought I'd not be able to get one. (Thanks Eric for letting me sneak in the back door to get it.)
(forgive the lousy photos-iPhone) My understanding is that this is a set of 6. Now since I've purchased the first one, I'll have to order the next 5 won't I?  Well, this one was a surprise for me solving wise.  I was being a smart alec and typing up about peanuts and boxes and such while playing with the puzzle at the same time.  I think it took me less than 2 minutes to solve!  Seriously.  But then that could have been a fluke, so I tried it again and much to my shock (and pleasure I might add) I could do it again. This box is simply brilliant.  It's difficult that a puzzle builder I know handed it back frustrated, and simple enough that my bug has worked out how to open it time and again.  I'd tell you to buy the next ones that come out, but if you do, that means I might not get one.  So do me a favor and wait for me to order mine first.

Ok, so what's inside? Why it is a cigar box....
A cigar what else? This is really why I got this puzzle. I wanted another cigar.  Seriously.  No joke. I quit smoking the cigarettes at Easter, but still crave a cigar every now and then.  I figured if one came in my puzzle box I had an excuse to smoke it.  (I couldn't just go out and buy some now could I?  That would be too much like cheating and Mr. Man would be so angry.)  Eric said if we didn't want to fill it with cigars then we should fill it with beef jerky and if we didn't want to fill it with beef jerky we should get a life....or some such nonsense.  Ok, ok. enough nonsense.  I told Eric I was going to smoke the thing and he told me I might want to put it in a humidor first-air travel and all. Well I did just that and picked it up Friday. The man in the whiskey bar says it should be good to go now.  And laughed the whole time telling me to go buy a better one and toss this on to the curb.  Not one to waste anything....well, here's hoping it doesn't poison me.

And next time Eric~put in a little something um....beef jerky like.