|MATERIAL:||Maple/Ash Box, Purpleheart, Mahogany, Zebrawood, Walnut, Maple, Morado, Granadillo, and Goncalo Alves Pieces|
|EDITION:||78 Copies Released|
|SIZE:||4.25" x 3" x 2"|
New Melting Block by John Rausch is an improved version of Tom Obeirne's original Melting Block puzzle. This paradoxical 3-D packing puzzle has two unique assemblies, one using seven pieces and the other using all eight. There are two possible solutions for each assembly.
The seven-piece solution seems to fill the box entirely, with little room to spare. The leftover block seems far too large to fit in the box...yet somehow, impossibly, the eighth piece does fit when the second solution is discovered.
NMB is the result of an exhaustive mathematical analysis. Of all possible piece subsets and assemblies, over 33 million solutions were reduced to two possibilities. New Melting Block is far more difficult than the original Melting Block and a wonderful addition to any collection.
78 copies were made for this release, each signed and dated. This puzzle is shipped disassembled.
Precision wood puzzles can be damaged by environmental changes. Please read the Caring for Wood Puzzles guide to ensure proper fit and operation.
I have done the red stone version which is also really fun and quite a challenge. I wouldn’t say this version is any more difficult just slightly different solution. However due to Eric’s awesome skills with a saw, so many times you think you’re at the end, but you’re not, It seems like that last piece should fit but it won’t, by a gnats whisker it’s just too big. I still have yet to find the second solution. Part of me wished it came with a lid to store the last piece when it arrived. But it looks so nice stored stood on edge showing all the colours I’m glad Eric opted to not include one. Overall a great puzzle and as always superbly crafted.