|DESIGNER:||Eric Fuller / Matt Dawson|
|MATERIAL:||Maple, Purpleheart, Yellowheart, Goncalo Alves|
|SIZE:||2" square (each box)
HexTrios is a collaborative effort between collector Matt Dawson and Eric Fuller. Matt's original design was named Ambidextrous HexDuos, and was two identical boxes that interacted with each other. HexDuos was Matt's IPP exchange puzzle in 2010.
Eric enjoyed the concept behind the mechanism but thought it could be tricker. He redesigned the boxes to be stronger, more production-friendly, and more difficult. Much more difficult! The resulting HexTrios are identical in dimension, but each has a different mechanism. These boxes were a lot of fun to make and design!
135 copies made in total, but we ran out of hardware and had to special order more. The final 50 copies will be finished in June.
Precision wood puzzles can be damaged by environmental changes. Please read the Caring for Wood Puzzles guide to ensure proper fit and operation.
Allard wrote a very nice review of this puzzle for his Puzzling Times blog.
These puzzles are so well constructed and so clever. I am so satisfied with the solution and method. There is really something magical about these little boxes!
At this moment, I've only solved 2 of the 3 boxes, but they've been a joy so far. The mechanisms are fun and reliable, and of course the craftsmanship is fantastic. I never had the opportunity to try HexDuos, but I'm glad they made this updated version so more puzzlers could give them a shot.
I haven’t ever tried ambidextrous hex duos, so had no idea what to expect. The two lighter wood boxes won’t leave you confused for long. But the darker red wood box could leave you confused for a while. Even if you open it by luck, it may take a while to repeat the steps taken to open it. Also not to forget Eric’s craftsmanship.. spot on. Surprised they’re not already sold out.