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Puzzles by Maker > Vinco - complex and original wooden puzzle designs from Czech Republic


vinco.jpgWe first met Václav Obšívac (Vinco to his friends) at the International Puzzle Party.  Seen here with a very vinwoods.giflarge puzzle he made, he says that even knowing the solution, and with many friends helping out, it took three hours to put together.

Václav Obšívac has been making puzzle in his own workshop in Frenštát pod Rahoštem in the eastern part of the Czech Republic in north Moravia since 2001.  In that year he was a participant at the World Puzzle Championships in Brno in Czech Republic. 

Vinco collects many trees in his local area to create these puzzles including acacia, ash, beech, cherry, elm, larch, maple, oak, pear, plum and walnut.  Timber variety may vary from puzzle to puzzle unless otherwise specified.  The puzzles are unsealed showcasing the natural colour and texture of the timber.

Many of the puzzles are Vinco's own designs and involve very complex pieces created by glueing a series of shapes together.  He rates them on a scale from 1 to 5 - 5 being the most difficult of his puzzles (News flash - we've just got a second 5+ in stock) A printed graphical solution is included with each puzzle.




Cube Vinco take apart puzzle Cube Vinco take apart puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5 Four identical pieces to make a cube.  Presented as an assembled cube the first challenge is to work out how to get it apart.  The pieces are shaped such that even when you've done it, repeating it (once you've got it back together again...) can be just as hard the second time.
 
Square AC wooden put together puzzle Square AC wooden put together puzzle


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Difficulty 5/5
There are ten very odd shaped pieces which pack into the square frame.  A very difficult puzzle to get together.
 
Cube AC wood cube puzzle Cube AC wood cube puzzle


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Difficulty 5+/5

Yes, Vinco believes this is even outside his rating system.  Harder than his 5 out of 5 puzzles.

There are twelve very odd shaped pieces which make a cube.  Once complete this cube sits on a 45o angle inside the open stand.  An incredibly difficult puzzle to get together.

 
Diagra wood cube puzzle Diagra wood cube puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Mike Hawthorne.  Made by Václav Obšívac at Vin & Co.  Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5/5
Diagra - "The puzzle that keeps you up all night"
The goal is to make a cube, and the other nine shapes, from the 8 pieces of the puzzle.  The shapes are amazingly complex - even for Vinco!  Vinco has also now added two additional challenges to be made with co-ordinated motion.

 
Kiss wooden interlocking puzzle Kiss wooden interlocking puzzle


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Dark or Light Balls



Difficulty 4/5

First, try to disassemble the six pieces.   Once you've done that you'll now have the challenge to put these identical pieces back together to make the symmetrical circular shape.

 
Vinco XIV seven piece wood puzzle Vinco XIV seven piece wood puzzle


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Difficulty 4/5  

First, try to disassemble the seven pieces.   Once you've done that you'll now have the challenge to put these pieces back together to make the symmetrical diamond shape.

 
Try-Cycle 6 piece puzzle Try-Cycle 6 piece puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Washington DC, August 2012
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire. Made by Václav Obšívac. Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5+/5  
You may try 3 (Tri) challenges using the mathematically complete set of 4 different woods on each of 6 pieces which look a bit like bicycle wheels.
1. Uni-Cycle.  Simply form a cube (not too difficult)
2. Bi-Cycle.   Each corner of the cube must be one single colour (a bit trickier)
3. Tri-Cycle.  The cube must have no identical colour touching anywhere, not even diagonally or on an edge (a lot more though required to do this one)

Puzzle pieces:

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Bi-Cycle 2 piece (or maybe 4 piece) puzzle Bi-Cycle 2 piece (or maybe 4 piece) puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Berlin, August 2011
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire. Made by Václav Obšívac. Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5+/5    It's difficult to know if this puzzle should be called a two piece or a four piece puzzle. But it's definitely two; even though it looks like a couple of pieces from other Vinco puzzles have got tangled together...   (see one of the pieces below)
With these two pieces it is possible to lock them together and make a solid, symmetrical shape. 
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Xcruci8 8 piece wooden interlocking puzzle Xcruci8 8 piece wooden interlocking puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire. Made by Václav Obšívac. Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5+/5 Xcruci8 may Xasper8, Xulcer8 or Xhilar8!

Your challenge is to assemble the 8 pieces into the symmetrical cross shape.
It's packaged in it's unsolved form and even comes with a solution to put it back in it's box unsolved. Now that's a hard puzzle!
Don't worry, just like all Vinco's puzzles it also comes with a solution to solve it too.

 
Tresorpack 6 - Balls puzzle Tresorpack 6 - Balls puzzle


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Difficulty 5/5

There are just three different pieces loose inside the wooden cage. They do not come out of the cage but the cage does have openings down each of the four vertical sides.    The puzzle is to assemble them into a tetrahedron inside the cage.

 
Tresorpack 6 - Blocks puzzle Tresorpack 6 - Blocks puzzle


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Difficulty 5/5

There are six different pieces loose inside the wooden cage. They do not come out of the cage but the cage does have openings down each of the four vertical sides.    The puzzle is to assemble them into a square block inside the cage.

 
Krbana wooden puzzle Krbana wooden puzzle


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Gold Coast, Australia, August 2007
Presented by Václav Obšívac.  Made by Václav Obšívac.  Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 4/5
The puzzle is to take the box apart and get the wooden ball out.  There are three identical pieces.  Beware, if you take it completely apart you will have to get it back together again.

 
Coming of Age by Vinco Coming of Age by Vinco


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Gold Coast, Australia, August 2007
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire.  Made by Václav Obšívac.  Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5/5+
The puzzle is to assemble the six differently shaped pieces into this very complex interlocking burr.  This puzzle is one of the hardest that Vinco has ever invented and because of the way it has to be assembled it is not possible to solve this puzzle using a computer program.

 
Set of 4 Vinco 3D shapes Set of 4 Vinco 3D shapes


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Four puzzles in a set to make four different shaped polyhedra.  All the puzzles are difficult to assemble.  Each puzzle is individually boxed with it's own solution.  Good value at under $9 each!

Roof Vinco
6 pieces  4/5
The pieces of this puzzle are constructed from elements that are either a single diagonal 1/2 cube or two diagonal 1/2 cubes joined.
The final triangular prism shape is Vinco's Roof - two diagonal 1/2 cubes joined.

Cuboid 1
8 pieces 4/5
Vinco first decided to make a cube with these pieces but then changed the shape to a cuboid or a rectangular prism (looking like a flattened cube!).
Each piece is constrcuted from a series a triangular elements.

Three Wedges
8 pieces 5/5
Each piece is designed with three elements.  One square prism and one square prism cut diagonally to make 2 triangular prisms.  All eight pieces are glued differently to create eight different pieces.
The final shape is a solid cube.

Octagon AC
8 pieces 4/5
All the pieces of the puzzle are constructed from elements using just two different measurements.  A = length of the short side  C = the length of the diagonal side
The final shape is an octagonal prism.

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Prisma-ster interlocking 4 piece puzzle Prisma-ster interlocking 4 piece puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5  The puzzle is to interlock these 4 pieces to make the burr.  As with many of Vinco's puzzle you are also presented the challenge of getting it apart before you can even begin the assembly process.

 
Sputnik wooden brainteaser puzzle Sputnik wooden brainteaser puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5

The puzzle consists of six identical pieces.
Once disassembled you will need to put the pieces back together to make the 
sputnik shape.

 
3 Boxy 6 piece wood puzzle 3 Boxy 6 piece wood puzzle


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Difficulty 4/5   The puzzle is to take apart the 6 pieces.  Once apart you will need all your dexterity skills to get this one back together.
 
Trickbox 6 piece wood puzzle Trickbox 6 piece wood puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5

First, try to disassemble the six very complex pieces and get the marble out.  Once you done that you'll now have the challenge to put it together again.

 
Plus-Cross tricky 6 piece puzzle Plus-Cross tricky 6 piece puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5

First, try to disassemble the six pieces.  All six pieces are the same.  Once you've done that you'll now have the challenge to put it together again.

 
Four piece platonic solid wooden puzzle Four piece platonic solid wooden puzzle


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Outside Shape



The challenge is take the four piece puzzle apart.  If you manage that then putting it back together is even harder.
Each puzzle has the same 4 complex pieces but the outside configuration of the puzzle varies.  This makes each puzzle quite different when finding the facets to grip to open the puzzle. 
Only puzzle available now is: 4. Truncated Octahedron (Truncocta - 6 square and 8 truncated triangular faces). 

 
Cube After Party interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Cube After Party interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart; putting them back together will be even harder to do.  

The shape is symmetrical in length of it’s diagonal axis but there are two different sized sides.   You end up with this shape that looks a bit like an out of square cube.  A Crazy Cube! A Cube after it’s been to a party!

The stocks of these new coordinated motion puzzles are very limited and we do not know if Vinco will be making more of these particular puzzles in the future.

 
Bicone 2 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Bicone 2 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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Bicone 2 woods



Top 10 Vote Getter – Puzzlers’ Award at the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2010

Difficulty 5/5
The challenge is take the four piece puzzle apart.  If you manage that then putting it back together will surely be even harder.   The fit is so precise that even identifying the four separate pieces is a challenge in itself.

The puzzle has four different but very complex pieces that go together in a very precise fit to form the beautiful checkered pattern double cone shape. The puzzle starts out as a cube before Vinco turns it into the bicone.  Can you see it?  It's actually easier to visualise when it's in it's cube box.  

Size:  120mm tip to tip  Choose from wood: Plum and Maple or Walnut and Maple Finish: waxed and polished

 
Bicone 6 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Swirl pattern Bicone 6 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Swirl pattern


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Bicone woods



Difficulty 5/5
The challenge is take the four piece puzzle apart.  If you manage that then putting it back together will surely be even harder.   The fit is so precise that even identifying the four separate pieces is a challenge in itself.

The puzzle has four different but very complex pieces that go together in a very precise fit to form the beautiful swirl pattern double cone shape. The puzzle starts out as a cube before Vinco turns it into the bicone.  Can you see it?  It's actually easier to visualise when it's in it's cube box.  

Size:  130mm tip to tip  Choose from wood: Plum and Maple (reddish wood) or Walnut and Maple (brown wood) Finish: waxed and polished

 
Dual Tetrahedron 21  interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Dual Tetrahedron 21 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and then put them back together again which is even harder to do.  

The shape is like two tetrahedrons with rounded edges that have been joined together.   Two contrasting woods have been used to make an attractive pattern on each corner.  The uniform patterning of the different woods and precise hand fit of the puzzle make fitting the pieces back together even harder than taking the puzzle apart. 

Every puzzle is hand made by Vinco and individually fitted to the highest standard. Their interesting shaps, and the use of different colours and patterns, made them not just a puzzle but a very attractive piece of wooden artwork.

 
Ocvalhedron 26 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Ocvalhedron 26 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and then put them back together again which is even harder to do.   

 

Ocvalhedron?   Is it an octahedron...?  maybe it started out that way?  Perhaps some artistic licence in the name by Vinco?   Whatever it is Vinco has used two contrasting coloured woods to form a beautiful symmetrical shape.  And now you have to find where the four pieces start and finish so you can take it apart. Quite a challenge.  Maybe the biggest puzzle is to put it back together the way it was made.

Every puzzle is hand made by Vinco and individually fitted to the highest standard. Their interesting shaps, and the use of different colours and patterns, made them not just a puzzle but a very attractive piece of wooden artwork.

 
Dual Tetrahedron 28  interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Dual Tetrahedron 28 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and then put them back together again which is even harder to do.  

The shape is like two tetrahedrons with rounded edges that have been joined together.   The uniform patterning of the different woods and precise hand fit of the puzzle make fitting the pieces back together even harder than taking the puzzle apart.

Every puzzle is hand made by Vinco and individually fitted to the highest standard. Their interesting shaps, and the use of different colours and patterns, made them not just a puzzle but a very attractive piece of wooden artwork.

 
Flowers 3 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Flowers 3 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and then put them back together again.  

Three different coloured woods shaped into an octahedron with a small curved pyramid appended to each side to form a beautiful flower shape.  And now you have to find where the four pieces start and finish so you can take it apart. Quite a challenge.  Maybe the biggest puzzle is to put it back together the way it was made.

Every puzzle is hand made by Vinco and individually fitted to the highest standard. Their interesting shaps, and the use of different colours and patterns, made them not just a puzzle but a very attractive piece of wooden artwork.

 
Dual Tetrahedron 5 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Dual Tetrahedron 5 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle N/A





The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and then put them back together again.  

The shape is two tetrahedrons that have been joined together with the edges and vertexes truncated although recognising the original shape is very difficult in the end result.  This, and the very precise fit and pattern, just makes fitting the pieces back together even harder;  that is assuming you can even get it apart.

The stocks of these new coordinated motion puzzles are very limited and we do not know if Vinco will be making more of these particular puzzles in the future.

 

 


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