Designer: Stewart Coffin
Craftsmen: Scott Peterson
How time pass by! I am ashamed to have not kept my promise! Weeks wheeze by without me even realizing it. I really appreciate people like Gabriel, Kevin and Allard who manages to pick up a steady posting pace-their posts aren't quick, sloppy one either. Please do forgive me, and to make up I'll present you today with a design from Stewart Coffin: The Involution.
Around the end of last year I discovered the Rosebud surfing in the puzzle blog-dom (they do a great job of bankrupting puzzlers, you know who you are! And no, this amateur is not good enough to be one of them!). I found out more about the puzzle with the help of two good puzzle friends Oli and Kevin, then eventually got in contact with Scott Peterson, who was long known in the puzzling world as a professional craftsmen since 2003. (Neil have visited Scott and made a blog post about it here) As it happens Scott has made a small batch of Rosebuds in the past, and those who received them were more than happy. I was warned it didn't come cheap, though. For a craftsmen like Scott it's more than reasonable-but having nearly bankrupted myself by the latest Wil order it's not good!
|The Involution puzzle |
(The pictures really do bad
advertising for Scott-especially mine!
You need to see it for yourself!)
Scott responded quickly with a big yes, then several days later delicious pictures of the puzzle followed. I was so impressed that I asked him if he's got any other goodies to spare? More pictures came and eventually I settled on a beautiful Involution which really stands out from the rest in the stream of pictures. That particular copy for those interested was made from Bubinga and Ziricote for the corners, two types of wood fitting together just fine! Some time passed before payment were sent largely because of a delay on my part (sorry Scott!), after which the puzzles were quickly sent and received.
First thing I noticed was the size of the package. The Involution, the larger of the two, was about 7 cm across, but the package it came in was more than three times as high! Most of that space were inhabited by foam bits showing Scott really cared for giving the puzzles a safe voyage across. Digging through the cushioners I got out two plastic wrappings showing various kinds of woods in their finest. Since the puzzles were some of my first wooden ones at the time I don't really know what to expect but Scott's given the puzzle care down to the last detail including very nice lacquers and rounded edges.
|A close-up of the infamous key piece that |
have caught many a puzzlers unwary...
|A shot of the puzzle half solved |
(and a wink for those who solved it)
Definitely a superb puzzle gain. It's a great design, and having it made by Scott pushed it up to the highest display shelfs. The Involution along with many other Famous geometric designs from various designers is also available from Scott in superb quality with a pm to him in the renegades forum. Or if you're not a member, just ask one of the many kind puzzlers out there like I did-I'm sure they be willing to help you out.
|I give up in shame... |
Hopefully only for now.
End note: If you're wondering why I didn't review the Rosebud first which started it all, the poor thing was taken apart for images and stayed that way since.