There are 33 pieces to interlock and assemble to make this truncated knot shape.
We found the even if you disassemble the burr carefully it’s not easy to memorise where the pieces go with so many of them and some mirror reverse pieces. You could take pictures as you take it apart but what’s the challenge in that? Go on, take a risk and mix them all up as you take it apart and challenge yourself to put it back together again. The sense of achievement when you’ve done it without using the solution or photos will be worth it!
This is a very large 9x9x9 format cross-shaped wooden puzzle. Hang on… 9x9x9 only adds up to 27 pieces. How come there are 33 pieces in the puzzle? Another puzzling element.
The Great Ball puzzle is very large but when you’re working on a puzzle with so many pieces you don’t want it small and fiddly. In this case bigger really is better for solving. With many pieces having notches cut out the larger format pieces also make for a more robust wooden puzzle.
Such a big puzzle makes a very impressive centrepiece for your wooden burr puzzle collection!
Metagrabologists (now there’s a word you don’t come across every day!), those who study puzzles, call this a burr puzzle. The term seems to have first been first coined by Edwin Wyatt in his “Puzzles in Wood” woodworking book of 1928. But they can also be generally described as Interlocking Geometric shapes where the aim is to take them apart and then reassemble them.
At the heart of a burr puzzle are a number of interlocked wooden rods with notches cut out of them. The rods intertwine to fill the centre of the puzzle. A six-piece cross is probably the most common of these types of puzzles but once that was invented it didn’t take long for other pieces to be added to make other more complex and solid shapes like this Great Ball.
There are 8 different shaped pieces amongst the 33 in total to make the puzzle. It’s not so very difficult to take apart. But as is often the case with interlocking burr puzzles it’s quite a challenge to put back together. Particularly if you mess up the pieces before you start.
The puzzle maker has sliced off the outer corners of this version of the puzzle to try to confuse even more when putting it back together.
The puzzle is made from Monkey Pod (also called Suar wood). It’s often mistaken for teak or acacia but it’s from a tree that grows in a plantation which makes it very environmentally friendly.
Size assembled: 130mm x 130mm x 130mm
The puzzle comes shrink-wrapped with a solution printed on natural recycled paper inside.
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