New Horizon

Designer: Alfons Eyckmans

This puzzle measures: 72 mm x 72 mm x 72 mm

Material: Pink Oak / Wenge

Kevin Sadler wrote about it:

“The final, but definitely not the least impressive, of the puzzles in this release is New Horizon from Alfons Eyckmans made from Pink Oak and Wenge. This is something new from Alfons – I initially thought that it was another of his interlocking burrs in the shape of a cube and oh boy! was I wrong! Some of Alfons’ cube burrs are really really tough but this is a whole other level. It is not at all what I was expecting – it is not a disassembly puzzle, it is an assembly challenge and a very very tough one. To take the cube apart it just requires finding the correct places to put your fingers and the pieces just pull apart sequentially until you have 12 rather interesting shapes to analyse. I removed the first 6 of the pieces and decided to put them back together to form the cube. Unfortunately, even with only a 50% disassembly, I could not seem to work out which pieces went where and in what order. Whilst looking for the entry point for the first of those 6 pieces, another one fell onto my pile and then I really was in trouble – I couldn’t remember the order of any of them and quickly decided to complete the dismantling – it was quite a fun thing to do. Having taken my photo I have embarked on an assembly challenge and so far have completely failed. There are notches and “sticking out bits” to analyse and which restrict how the pieces will fit together. Also the orientation of the 1x2x2 voxel oak protuberances which will ultimately form the corners can only fit together in certain ways. This will require quite a lot of analysis and I suspect, will end up with me resorting to Burrtools. But the clever ones amongst you should be able to assemble this from scratch – it will be a wonderful challenge. I will keep trying for a week or so before I resort to BT.”