Altekruse Burr

Altekruse Burr

Altekruse Burr This is the classic “Altekruse Puzzle” originally designed by William Altekruse in 1890.  It is a symmetrical 12-piece burr puzzle.  The Altekruse family is of Austrian-German origin and, curiously, the name means “old cross” in German, which has led some authors to incorrectly assume that it was a pseudonym. The Altekruse puzzle has an unusual mechanical action in the first step of disassembly by which two halves move in opposition to each other, unlike the more familiar burr types, which have a key piece or pieces. Depending upon how it is assembled, this action can take place along one, two, or all three axes independently but not simultaneously. An elegant handmade creation that is made with extraordinary quality and brought to you by hobby puzzle maker and designer Bill Sheckels from the USA.Material: Cherry Wood

Trying to see how pieces fit and re-assessing where they might go when they don’t fit is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices. Each piece can only go in to one place so there is none of the compromising and trading-off that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to constantly re-evaluate their decisions, and teaches patience with the process as it is an integral part of the game.

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