Every now and then Johan Heyns posts an interesting picture or three on FaceBook, something he’s experimenting with, something he’s made for his own collection and sometimes it’s something he’s considering offering for sale…
Sometimes those pictures find their way into the odd email from Johan, with prices attached.
Recently that rather rash behaviour resulted in the rapid arrival of a pair of new co-ordinate motion puzzles … wooden sculptures that come apart, really…
First is Tadao Muroi’s Triangle Explosion – assembled it displays as a pair of triangles back to back – disassembled you have three identical spikey pieces that look nothing like the assembled version!
Johan had removed the spikey ends on his improved design and they will probably be a lot more puzzler-friendly and significantly reduce the chances of dinging an end or unwittingly damaging a puzzler – I couldn’t stop myself going for the thoroughly dangerous version!
…and going from disassembled to assembled is a wonderfully tricky process requiring more than a bit of careful alignment. Johan’s bits all line up beautifully and he’s taken the trouble to pin the bits together so that they won’t be tempted to come apart with even the most enthusiastic puzzling.
Johan understands the importance of being able to properly display his creations to really show off their features properly, so as with his 4L Co-Mo DD, he’s included a stand that will allow you to display the Triangle Explosion in mid-explode… where it looks great!
Next up was Johan’s own design for a Nest 4L(ayer) Co-Mo which combines a pair of classic four-layer co-ordinate motion puzzles into a single creation.
Pop the centre out and you have a pair of co-mo’s that slide sweetly open and closed…Johan’s got the tolerances so sweet on these that when you half open them and put them into their stand, they will literally close up under their own weight…
Some lovely wooden examples of a classic mechanism – Dankie Oom!