|DESIGNER:||DDD Burr Set by Darryl Adams / Bryan Turner / Eric Fuller|
|MATERIAL:||Aluminum burr pieces in a Padauk box, or Brass burr pieces in a Leopardwood box|
|EDITION:||151 Copies Released|
|SIZE:||2.625" x 2.0625" x 2"|
This collaboration is one I've been looking forward to for a while. Darryl designed this excellent 12 piece set, with pieces precision machined in either brass or aluminum by Bryan and contained inside a precision crafted box by Fuller. Darryl describes the burr set below:
"In the 1970s, Bill Cutler published a complete summary of the solid 6-piece burrs that could be formed from “notchable” pieces. He presented a set of 42 pieces that would make all 314 solid, notchable puzzles. I wanted a smaller set. One that was easy to make (notchable) and also allows enough interesting puzzles to guide a user through puzzles of increasing difficulty. I call this set “DDD” for “Darryl’s Dense Dozen” (or to my kids, “Dad’s Dense Dozen”). The set is “dense” in that it makes a lot of puzzles:
There are 24 solid puzzles
There are 530 total puzzles (the additional 506 have empty hidden holes)
There are 42 puzzles with only one solution"
151 Total copies available for sale, each signed and dated. 75 copies in Brass/ Leopardwood, 76 copies in Aluminum/ Padauk. 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.
This is a great introduction into burr puzzles combined with a luxury presentation that should keep you engaged for a long time.
The included 10 challenges lasered into the lid are tricky. I am on the first one still. With the added problems you are guaranteed to keep busy with this one.
The pieces have a great heft to them for their size. This makes them handle much more considerately. The fitment is exacting to enable smooth puzzling and the pieces are very consistent in quality having only one piece in there with a tiny nick on it. Quite impressive given their size!
The box is another quality part of this presentation. At first I wasn’t sold completely on the leopardwood choice but now that it is in front of me I really like it. It’s exotic, yet subdued. It will stand out, but not distract. The wenge lid really compliments this choice and fits so snug that you may find opening this box an actual challenge at first. But once you get used to it you will get the satisfying click of the magnet as you shut it. It’s just so seamless you probably don’t even need the magnet.
Everything considered this is a great all in one package akin to a traveler’s version of penultimate burrs.
I wouldn’t necessarily put it in my pocket as it has some weight to it, but if i did i would put it in my maze bag as to not wear down that sweet leopard finish.
DDD is a showcase in duality as it is kind of an introduction to the burr style of puzzles and also quite a showpiece of it as well.