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Puzzles by Maker > Pelikan - amazing woodwork and design - interlocking wood puzzles


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Pelikan was established in 2005 as the direct successor of the Josef Pelikan workshops.  For many years, until his death in 2005, Josef Pelikan was a leading puzzle manufacturer, well known not only in the Czech Republic but around the world for his innovate designs and precision craftsmanship.

Both Jakub Dvorak and Jaroslav Svejkovsky worked under Josef Pelikan for some years and strive to continue bringing new and interesting designs from a range of designers to the puzzle collectors of the world.

At Pelikan they are aware that if they want to achieve the highest quality products it is not enough just to handle the precise details of making the puzzle, but it is necessary to focus attention on the choice of very high quality raw materials.

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At Pelikan they make their puzzles from wood dried to 8% moisture content from both native European species and exotic woods from around the world.  There are puzzles in the range from Elm & Mahogony, also Wenge, Acacia, Padouk, Maple, Bubinga and more...

 

Jakub and Jaroslav seen here with Brian (alias Mr Puzzle) 
and Czech puzzle manufacturer Vinco during a visit
to their workshops in Tabor, Czech Republic in 2008

 




Stairs Cube 4 piece level 10.3.2 Stairs Cube 4 piece level 10.3.2


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The puzzle is made from 2 board burr pieces coupled with 2 different H shaped pieces.  The combination makes a strange level 10.3.2 puzzle to put together but once assembled you’ll end up with a cube shape with stepped sides.
Watch out for this one;  you won’t solve this one in BurrTools so to cheat you’ll have to study the solution.

 
Konstrukt 15 piece level 3 burr Konstrukt 15 piece level 3 burr


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Yavuz has challenged us this time with a 15 piece multiple move interlocking burr with a level 3 disassembly.  But how to konstruct the puzzle with the 12 pieces locking around the outside of a core classic 3 piece board burr?  An ingenious addition to a classic design Prof. Louis Hoffman called The Cross-Keys in his book Puzzles Old and New published in London in 1893. 

 
Cubax 13 piece framed burr Cubax 13 piece framed burr


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We decided to get this one because of how deceiving it looks.   It is a 13 piece interlocking burr.  But when it’s assembled it looks like a three piece framed burr.  Not a high degree of difficulty to take apart but a very fun burr.  Very enjoyable to do.  A must for any collection because we’ve not seen too many puzzles like this before.

 
Box Packing with pieces that clamp around the frame Box Packing with pieces that clamp around the frame


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A very unusual design for a packing puzzle.  The pieces hook around the outside of the box like clamps as well as using the space inside the box.  This restricts the movement and makes a unique solution.   First problem is to unpack the pieces from within the box; in itself a difficult level 8.4.3 interlocked puzzle.  Once you have the pieces out its hard to keep track of which one is which;  unusual shapes that are similar but quite different.

 
Halt level 21.8.2 framed burr Halt level 21.8.2 framed burr


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Question:  How can getting just 3 pieces out of the frame take 21 moves to get just the first piece out? 
Answer: When it's designed by Stéphane Chomine.
The ends of the pieces are designed in such a way that when they are inside the frame they spell the word HALT around the 4 sides.  But don't let that stop you from having a go at this one. 

 
Hourglass Osanori Yamamoto level 11.6.3.3 frame burr Hourglass Osanori Yamamoto level 11.6.3.3 frame burr


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The puzzle consists of single plane frame and 4 identical pieces. Some part of the pieces are actually made from the same wood as the frame and so when assembled they actually look like part of a larger frame.
With the right sequence of moves, level 11.6.3.3, and even rotational moves in the correct place, you can get all 4 pieces out of the frame.   There is only 1 possible solution.  Rotational moves do not mean force.  A rotational move means get the piece or pieces in the correct spot and there will be plenty of space to rotate.

 
Orsi Level 7.3.3.2.3 burr in a cage Orsi Level 7.3.3.2.3 burr in a cage


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There are 6 identical pieces shaped like "U" with wings a that top.  These pieces are interwoven in a symmetrical pattern to fit inside the cage.  To remove the pieces you'll need to complete the unique level 7.3.3.2.3 solution.
Designed in July 2013 by Tamás Vanyó from Hungary.  

 
Stan by Tamás Vanyó unique solution cage burr Stan by Tamás Vanyó unique solution cage burr


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There are 4 identical but very unusual shaped pieces to fit inside the square cage.  To remove the pieces you'll need to complete the unique level 3.2.3.3 solution. 
An interesting design with lots of movement;  this is a good 'doable' puzzle for the puzzler who's never done many of these puzzles before.  'Doable' in no way translates to easy in this case but a nice puzzling experience.

 
Crystal 2 unique solution interlocking burr Crystal 2 unique solution interlocking burr Out of Stock





This 4 piece interlocking burr designs by the new Hungarian designer Tamás Vanyó.  Tamás only started publishing his designs in 2013 and already he's becoming very well known around the world for his unusual puzzles.
Aesthetically it's a wonderful piece for any puzzle collection. The unusual shape with very contrasting colours will make it stand out amongst any group of puzzles.

 
Pylon 2P2C 2 piece 2 column frame puzzle Pylon 2P2C 2 piece 2 column frame puzzle


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The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 3 piece framed burr.

Designed recently by Turkish designer Yavuz Demirhan in early 2013 this puzzle is unlike the type of framed burr you might be used to doing.

The frame is made of two towers fixed on a base and the puzzle has 2 congruent pieces that can be removed and reinserted into the frame. 

There are 4 possible assemblies but just one solution which is a level 9.9.  That means that it will take 9 moves to remove the first piece then another 9 to remove the second piece.

 
Columnata 2P3C 2 piece 3 column frame puzzle Columnata 2P3C 2 piece 3 column frame puzzle


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The puzzle is to remove the 2 burr pieces from the frame.

Designed by Turkish designer Yavuz Demirhan in 2012 this puzzle is one of a number of versions of this very unusual type of burr with pieces inside a frame by this amazing new puzzle designer.

The frame is made of three towers fixed on a base and the puzzle has 2 congruent pieces that can be removed and reinserted into the frame. 

There are 6 possible assemblies but just one solution which is a level 12.5.  That means that it will take 12 moves to remove the first piece then another 5 to remove the second piece.

 
Cockpit 3 piece framed burr Cockpit 3 piece framed burr


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The puzzle is to remove the 3 burr pieces from the cube frame and insert them again.

Designed recently by Japanese designer Osanori Yamamoto in early 2013 this puzzle has a very complex level 16.3 solution to solve it with a symmetrical colour pattern.

When the puzzle is completed with the symmetrical light colour bars in place on each face there is just one solution from possible assembles. If the colour pattern is ignored there are 2 solutions from 3 possible assemblies.

The level 16.3 solution means that it will take 16 moves to remove the first piece then another 3 to remove the second piece.

 
Pelikan Egg wooden interlocking puzzle on Stand Pelikan Egg wooden interlocking puzzle on Stand Out of Stock





An ingenious 4 piece interlocking egg puzzle on a turned wooden stand designed in 2007 by Jaroslav Svejkovski.  Whilst this is not considered an extremely difficult puzzle, the pieces are each made from many smaller complex shaped pieces glued together; finding the correct combination that are not glued, to push or pull to take apart, is very important.

Once you take this puzzle apart you will need to fit the 4 pieces back together paying attention to forming the smooth surface of the egg.  Because these puzzles are hand turned and finished there is only one solution.  There may be a number of different assemblies but for the finished puzzle to exactly as it was made you must assemble it correctly.

A great long lasting Easter present for a puzzler instead of too much chocolate.

 
TV wooden packing puzzle TV wooden packing puzzle


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The puzzle is to pack the seven pieces into the retro television set frame.  An interesting 3D packing puzzle with one fixed cube to limit the possible solutions.  This puzzle is not only a 3D packing puzzle but has an interesting step to disasssemble.

The puzzle was designed by Viteslav Krejci in 2008 and made in the workshops of Pelikan using a selection of both European woods including  maple, walnut, birch, ash, apple, pear, cherry, oak, beech, plum, and acacia as well as some more exotic woods like mahogany, ebony, begging, wenge, walnut, American, padank, rosewood, amaranth, Bubinga, owango, jarah, meranti, and iroko. 

 
Elephant wooden interlocking burr puzzle Elephant wooden interlocking burr puzzle


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This 13 piece interlocking burr puzzle in the shape of an elephant has been made by Josef Pelikan since 1992. 
The level of difficulty is kept to medium because some of the pieces take on the obvious form of an elephant.  A truly beautiful piece of puzzle sculpture that would enhance anyone's puzzle collection.  This puzzle is finely crafted and shows the level of attention to detail that Pelikan is famous for, right down to the choice of wood to get the right colour for the right piece.

The Pelikan workshop uses a selection of both European woods including  maple, walnut, birch, ash, apple, pear, cherry, oak, beech, plum, and acacia as well as some more exotic woods like mahogany, ebony, begging, wenge, walnut, American, padank, rosewood, amaranth, Bubinga, owango, jarah, meranti, and iroko. 

 

 


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