Another classic by Oskar van Deventer, the Paperclips puzzle is rarely made, and for good reason. The length of the sticks and small surface area for overlap at the edges makes it very difficult to construct. Each corner is reinforced by a shoulder joint, then sanded flush and further reinforced with a full length spline. This is a very time consuming process, but is the only way to ensure the strength and rigidity necessary for this work of art.
The result is worth the effort. With two possible solutions, the paperclips interlock to form a beautiful sculpture once solved. At 14 moves, finding the solution is no trivial task...this is a very confusing and difficult puzzle to solve.
Care must be taken to make sure all pieces are oriented square to each other to prevent binding while solving. Nevertheless, the splines make for a very strong joint, and this puzzle can be manipulated and solved without fear of breaking.
53 copies made for sale, each signed and dated. This puzzle is shipped disassmebled.