Euklid Meets Fuller

Designer: Dr. Volker Latussek

This puzzle measures: 70 mm x 70 mm x 70 mm

Material: Padauk, Bubinga, Am. Walnut, Jatoba

Dr. Volker Latussek wrote about it:

“Shortly before his passing, Eric Fuller had offered me a copy of HARUN made of metal and wood. I had initially declined because I don’t like this combination of materials. Eric prevailed, as always, and a little gem of exotic woods and brass was released. A final design by Eric based on an idea of mine. Shortly before that, I’d wanted to amuse him with FERMAT MEETS FULLER. Here, a cube of six triangles has to be packed into my typical box. And now EUKLID MEETS FULLER. The EUKLID series is already full of surprises and stories, so I’m removing the restriction to a trilogy and dedicating this new design to Eric Fuller. In order not to get lost in possibilities, I gave myself some guidelines a cube-shaped box and one of the pieces should be a cube; it should be very challenging, and the solution should contain new sentences. My homage to the founder of CUBIC DISSECTION will end up with only four pieces. A very nice result after the many considerations and once again a wonderfully pleasant cooperation with Pelikan. The design in dark woods is a nod to EUKLID FOR KIDS as a thank you for Eric’s playful, idiosyncratic, and handcrafted approach in and for his community, despite all the sadness his untimely death has brought. I wish you an unforgettable AHA moment and a great joy in life by playing with EUKLID MEETS FULLER.”

Kevin Sadler wrote about it:

“Yet another incredible puzzle design from the amazing mind of Dr Volker Latussek! I just don’t understand how his brain works. Here is another packing puzzle dedicated to the memory of the much missed Eric Fuller. It consist of 3 Cuboids and one cube to be inserted into one of Volker’s characteristic partially enclosed boxes. The difference here is that the entry into the box is a good bit smaller than usual and most of the blocks can only be inserted in 1 or 2 orientations and once more than one is inside there is almost no wiggle room to move them about. The manufacture is absolutely perfect with sheer millimetre perfection in size and smooth finish. The woods are Padauk, Bubinga, Jatoba and American Walnut. My usual random inserting things got me absolutely nowhere as they block up very quickly (almost immediately!) and in the end I had to actually think¬©! It took a little arrangement outside the box to find a vague idea of how they could go inside and then working out a possible insertion order. Straight away I got stuck after just 2 pieces were inside before noticing that trying something that Volker had done with another earlier puzzle would open up a bit more space. After that there were three pieces inside and I could see how the 4th should lie but it wouldn’t fit. I needed a rather fancy move to do it and boy! was it difficult. After a lot of dexterity and shaking the bloody thing around, I had a very satisfying click and a couple of sliding moves later it was all inside. HOORAY! I cannot for the life of me reverse the sequence but I haven’t had much time to play. I am looking forward to several more frustrating days of rattling about. This is a MUST HAVE puzzle!”