Fano Blocks

DESIGNER: Brendan Perez
MATERIAL: Quartersawn Sycamore and Sapelle (box)
Leopardwood, Limba, Rosewood, Purpleheart, Zebrawood, Holly, Yellowheart (pieces)
RELEASE DATE: 3.1.2021
EDITION: 85 Copies Released
SIZE: 3" x 3" x 2.45"

The goal of Fano Blocks is to pack seven pairs of identical rectangular pieces flush into the box. These aren't just any pieces, however! They possess unique properties: any two distinct blocks share precisely one edge length in common and any set of two specific edge lengths are held by two identical blocks. The resulting number of edge-matching combinations creates a complicated problem. Finding even one of the eight possible solutions is an accomplishment.

Named after the Fano plane (the smallest finite projective plane with seven elements), this is an excellent puzzle for anyone into mathematics.

We used an extraordinary batch of Quartersawn Sycamore to make the boxes. By matching color throughout the process, we isolated gold-toned, two-toned, and a few strikingly white boxes. The bottom panel is solid Sapele floated in notches to allow for expansion. The seven-piece pairs are made from Leopardwood, Limba, Rosewood, Purpleheart, Zebrawood, Holly, and Yellowheart.

Approximately 85 copies are available. Each puzzle is signed and dated. Fano Blocks ships assembled in an unsolved configuration.

Our work is handcrafted to very precise tolerances and must be kept within the range of 40-60% relative humidity at all times. Failure to do so may cause inoperability or permanent damage.

This item is sold out and no longer available. Our Marketplace is the best source for discontinued work. We occasionally revisit discontinued designs at our sole discretion and do not accept requests or one-off commissions.

To ensure the proper continued operation and fit of your puzzles, please check out our product care guide. We recommend an occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.

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