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|Material||:||Cambodian Rosewood, Bolivian Rosewood, Cocobolo, Gaboon Ebony & Macassar Ebony (1st, 2nd & 3rd)|
Cocobolo, Kingwood, Bocote & Macassar Ebony (4th & 5th)
Zircote, New Guinea Rosewood, Panama Cocobolo % Bois de Rose (6th)
Like Stewart's Diagonal Cube, the external appearance deceptively hides its internal construction. It is similar to his Crowded Cluster, but uses rhombic pyramid blocks with truncated faces instead of prism blocks.
I spent several minutes trying to disassemble it thinking that it would slide apart like the Diagonal Cube. Yes, but not quite, as you can see in the second photograph. The puzzle is held apart in this photograph. Otherwise, it would quickly collapse together. Even after you know how it slides apart, it is not easy to find a grip that doesn't hold it together instead of allowing it to slide apart. In this respect, it is a lot like the Pennyhedron. You can slide it slowly together and then have a devil of a time getting it to simply reverse what just happened before your eyes.
It uses three each of left and right handed pieces like seen in the third photograph. Assembly is fairly easy for anyone familiar with puzzles based on the Diagonal Burr.
One of Lee's first designs. This is already one of my favorite puzzles!