Hi there ! I am a senior-citizen (02/15/1945) puzzle collector/craftsman from New Hampshire .
I am probably the only serious collector in this state -- at least no one has come forward to rebuff me on that fact .
I won't bore you with all the past jobs I have had, but would like to say that after working as a glassblower in Nashua, NH for 11 years -- between 1967 to 1978 for a firm called Scientific Specialties that made custom labware for schools, universities and private industry -- which involved all aspects of fabrication methods and approaches, including diamond scoring, wet-belt sanding, bench and lathe work, tooling, vacuum systems testing, the use of precision calibration tools . . . and much more -- I have acquired a talent and appreciation for precision that has helped me in these latter years in fabricating 'My Creations' .
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 .
I am currently working as an auto parts delivery driver for Sanel Auto Parts, a branch of 37 stores and five warehouses, mostly here in New Hampshire -- with a few stores in Vermont, and one or two in Maine .
I have collected 300+ puzzles in 30+ years, which in a lot of circles is considered very modest ( mine, because of financial restraints) . One can view my collection website starting with the Flash intro
You will be immediately taken to my FLASH intro page . Be sure to have your speakers on, as there is some very nice background music accompanying the FLASH events as they happen . From here, you can begin your journey into a nostalgic viewing of puzzles you may have come across from years long past .
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You can simply skip the Flash intro and go straight to my HOME page . . . . . from which you obviously just came .
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?
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!
The ThinkFun people (formerly Binary Arts 1985) sell a multi-colored board burr version -- called Gordian Knot -- of an original design by Frans de Vreugd called 'Extreme Torture' which can be seen at Torturous Burrs .
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.