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  1. #1
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Talking puzzles check this one out

    Some background for those interested.

    During my career i have travelled extensively. Its been a traddition i was brought up with to take a gift when going to see someone. Funny enough they do the same in Asia and in fact the gift there adds a great deal of symbolism to the relationship. I have all sorts of nik naks from these trips.

    Anyhow the issue was to come up with something more than a "made in china pen or water bottle or other piece of junk". I guess it was as a result of feeling like the poll cats of the world that coming from a country with international sanctions imposed on it, you tried to sell the country first and then your business.

    Africa has little good news so to get people to trade with you in an area of hi tech takes substantial effort starting at your relationships.

    I came across this puzzle and had them custom made for the company to provide as a unique gift from ourselves to either a guest or when visiting a foreign country. The box and puzzle is made from Kiaat a really nice indigenous wood. There is some about in North America at the exotic wood suppliers if you want to try some out. Its not cultivated so its becoming ever more scarce just like many other woods.

    I think i have shown it before but had thought that the majority of pieces were lost years ago when my son as a toddler got at the box unknown to his parents and while i was on an overseas trip.

    As luck would have it, after Dans puzzle arrived i accidently found the missing bits in a small box my wife had hidden them in.

    So i set about and put it all together. I can tell you this is an 8 hour minimum puzzle. I used a sticky material called Bostik that my MIL sends to SWMBO that SWMBO thinks is general purpose hold anything together. I personally hate the stuff but in this case it came in handy holding pieces together.

    So here goes

    It comes in a nicely made solid Kiaat box

    Attachment 56671

    Then the puzzle is self contained in a further holder with acrylic cover to keep pieces in. The cover is held in place by a single pin so it rotates to the side for access

    Attachment 56672

    Inside this holder is the actual puzzle and it consists of two layers. Believe it or not there is actually a 3 layer version available too.

    Attachment 56675

    The rear of the holder

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    This is a poor pic of a close up showing the pieces. Should have used macro but was too rushed with pics.

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    There are two layers to this puzzle with 6 what i call zones all going in different wavy directions.

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    Each zone has a distinct cut out of an indigenous African animal.

    Attachment 56677 This piece is a camel and actuall when it comes together is located in the North East section of the continent.

    Attachment 56678 An elephant

    Attachment 56679 Giraffe

    Attachment 56680 Hippo

    On to next post for more pics

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Puzzle part two

    Attachment 56681 lion piece

    Attachment 56682 Here you can see an assembled layer that forms the top when flipped

    Attachment 56683 This is the empty housing

    Attachment 56684 The two layers together again

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    Puzzle sliding into housing

    Then it goes back in the box like it started.

    All the pieces have been varnished and i can assure you without the sticky stuff i would never have been able to complete it.

    Quiet a challenge.

    Hope you enjoyed .

    I looked up on the web to see if they still going and sure enough the guy has a website.

    You can find them here if anyone is interested.
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 05-14-2011 at 03:08 PM.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Wow, that's amazing
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  4. #4
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    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    That is really cool!
    I would love the opportunity to build a piece of furniture for someone with that. Must look incredible with oil or waterlox bringing out the grain and colors!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very cool. Rob. The makers also have some other cool puzzles on their site.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Interesting Rob. What were the reactions to the puzzle as a gift? Did you ever get "feedback" from the recipients as the puzzle was unique or hard to do or was "the coolest gift ever"?
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