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I started my first website in 1998, using the free service Tripod. After a couple of years I eventually registered my own domain name, Like so much on the internet my original Tripod website was just left to rot away, but of course in cyberspace everything is for ever!

Eventually in 2006, I decided to finally dismantle the original website, and came across the text and images which you will see below. Blowing my own trumpet a bit, this page makes me realise just how the quality has improved. I make no apologies for the naivety of this page, but I just hope one or two visitors find it an interesting of relic.

This is normally used for putting under hot dishes. This one, however, is made of 10 individual rubber strips, 5 horizontal and five vertical, to be interlaced in a set pattern.

16 to 1
This brass puzzle consists of a disk with hollow centre. Both faces of the disk are embossed with a simple maze. The other piece is almost a full circle with two small protrusions which fit into each side of the maze. The second part must be skillfully guided from one of the entrances on one edge of the disk, to an exit on the other edge.

2-Piece Pyramid
Shown is a sometimes tricky 2-piece assembly to form a pyramid. There also exists a 4-piece assembly where each of the two pieces is dissected. A very pleasing puzzle, when you know how.

3-Piece Burr
Probably the simplest 3-piece burr puzzle, consisting of three square-section sticks of equal length, with notches cut in each.

3-D Cross
Another three-piece assembly, tricky to the novice puzzler. 3 very different pieces fit together to form a 3-dimensional cross.

3-Piece Pyramid
Designed by one of the great modern masters of wooden puzzle design, Stewart Coffin. He set out to design the most difficult 3-piece assembly. This is difficult even after it has been done dozens of times.

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