Hi there ! Currently, in the year of 2016, I am a 72-year-old senior-citizen (02/15/1945) puzzle collector/craftsman from New Hampshire .
All I have for major power tools in creating my fabrications are a small Craftsman table saw and an old Atlas 5-speed floor drill press My workshop is a 10' x 16' wood utility shed, with no heating unit, and no exhaust system, so I have to work mostly in the summer . . . which, all in all, have made all projects a definite challenge, to say the least.
After just short of 22 years (6 days short) as an auto parts delivery driver driver for Sanel Auto Parts, a branch of 37 stores and five warehouses (at the time of this text creation), mostly here in New Hampshire -- with a few stores in Vermont, and one or two in Maine -- I have been involuntarily separated from the company under dubious conditions and ambiguous explanations .
I have collected 400+ puzzles in 40+ years, which in a lot of circles is considered very modest ( mine, because of financial restraints) .
When someone asks me, "what kind of puzzles ?" do I have, I simply answer them,
"almost everything other than ordinary cardboard/plastic/wood jigsaw puzzles"
(although I do have a limited-few plastic 3D jigsaw puzzles from Mag-Nif Inc. which still has an ongoing website).
. . . . . The entire website is family-oriented, and is rated 'G' for Goodness . . . . .
There is a page titled ' My Creations' where one can view the puzzles that I have created new versions of old designs . All my wood puzzles are made from North American Eastern white pine, kiln-dried at about 8% humidity, and many of them are flame-torched for grain highlighting, and sometimes given several coats of Watco Danish Oil Finish ( just to enhance its aesthetics by way of contrast from other areas . . . such as the contrast between natural blonde-color to flame-torched areas), making sure not to apply any where the puzzles' mechanical sliding maneuvers would be interfered with.
One will also get a sense of awe when browsing the pages; besides getting bombarded with a plethora of animated enhancements, there is also a wealth of information that accompanies each of the pictures .
142857 x 1 = 142857
142857 x 2 = 285714
142857 x 3 = 428571
142857 x 4 = 571428
142857 x 5 = 714285
142857 x 6 = 857142
142857 x 7 = 999999
142857 x 8 = 1142856
142857 x 9 = 1285713
142857 x 11 = 1571427
142857 x 12 = 1714284
142857 x 12 = 1714284
142857 x 13 = 1857141
142857 x 14 = 1999998 . . . (twice that of 7)
142857 x 15 = 2142855
142857 x 16 = 2285712
142857 x 17 = 2428569
(9 + 2 = 11 -- a 'one' on each end instead of the 'two' and the 'nine' -- breaking down a double-digit number to two single numbers) ( 142856 + 1= )
142857 x 18 = 2571426
142857 x 19 = 2714283
. . . see a pattern starting here?
Here's an interesting side note :
When we attended middle/high school, we were taught to consider Pi (for the reason of a rounding-off efficiency) as 22/7, which just happens to be 3.142857142857142857~
Notice the magic number in the answer, which goes on to infinity.
The word 'gordianknot' is the combined form of Gordian Knot, a wire puzzle sold by Pentangle of England, as can be seen on one of my website pages titled My Creations -- Gordian Knot .
This puzzle is one I consider to be one of the few string-and-wire puzzles out there in Puzzledom to be very difficult . Consider for a moment, the fact that the string is attached to the central straight wire, which is closed off on each end. One has to naturally ponder the conundrum of how this string is able to possibly come off this puzzle. But it does!
Note: Pentangle's named version has been around since the early seventies (the wire version by any other manufacturer has been around for quite a long time even before Pentangle). I consider the wire version to be the true intended version.
The ThinkFun people (formerly Binary Arts 1985) sell a multi-colored, six-piece, board burr plastic version -- called Gordian's Knot -- of an original design by Frans de Vreugd called 'Extreme Torture' which can be seen at Extreme Torture .
I think the ThinkFun folks should have named their version with a different name.
This impressively, intimidating design, the forerunner to the Sheffield Steel 6BB above, is credited to Ronald Kint-Bruynseels, and demands a high degree of respect and awe, even from the most serious of puzzlers . The 'core' pieces are slightly similar to the Sheffield Steel 6BB . To assemble just the 'core' required only eight moves . Once the extensions were added, the number of shifts increased dramatically .
This is by far the most frustrating puzzle I have made, and have put together -- even with the 44 move solution, which was created -- as well as those high-level burrs above -- by PuzzleSolver3D .
The extensions are 10 1/4" by 1 7/16", acquired from 3/4" North American white pine finished 1x4 stock .
Weighing in at 2.02 pounds, it is extremely snug . After inserting the sixth piece, from then on to the finish, it was very difficult shifting the pieces, no matter which ones they were . Hard to get one's fingers in between the extensions to grab hold of the piece's core structure, and use both hands -- applying equal pressure -- to make the shifts .
Not only have I given the extensions a two-tone stain effect with four coats of acrylic polyurethane, but I have also created line cuts for added distinction aesthetics .
There is another special page solely dedicated to a fairly rare puzzle which originally sold for $49.99 and was acknowledged as The Hexadecimal Puzzle , the first to be made by Binary Arts (1985-2003) -- now called Think Fun (2003 - ). Unlike all their later puzzles (which are made of plastic), this one was made of cherry wood. Its solution employed the Gray Binary Code -- which is also used in the Chinese Puzzle Rings, The Brain and The Tower Of Hanoi -- and had the capability of being reset to 16 variations, the obvious versatility making its claim of being 16 puzzles in one.
My wife Linda and me on the Mount Washington tour boat on Lake Winnepesaukee at Laconia, NH., celebrating our 31st anniversary.
Our dog, Radar .
He is a 12-pound Papillon .
When we first got him as a puppy, we were discussing the name 'Pappy' for him; but one night, as he was actually looking at the television, he heard a sound off to his left, at which point his left ear turned in that direction, while the other one stayed where it was.
That ear movement gave us the impression of a radar dish turning.
Radar and Shequoia . . . she is a 28-pound mini American Eskimo .
Shequoia is our second dog. A perfect companion for Radar. She has the temperament and the retrieving capabilities of a Golden Retriever. Both dogs are the same age.
Here they're waiting to get some treats from Linda. Notice her tongue already salivating in anticipation of her share of the coming treat.
Here's lookin' at ya !
Early in the beginning -- when Radar was a puppy, he came down with "The Shakes" . . . which led on to bigger problems.
Click on Radar's ailment and find out what he had to go through.