Tavern Puzzles

Intellectual Ironwork

It’s refreshing to pick up a hunk of metal that doesn’t come with a screen, batteries, or embedded processors. But it’s not always relaxing. In fact, Tavern Puzzles can be incredibly challenging as you try to solve these hands-on brainteasers. Oftentimes the solution is multi-step and requires perseverance, but satisfaction is sweet when you finally figure out the trick.

The creator of Tavern Puzzles is blacksmith Dennis Sucilsky, who was researching 18th and 19th century architectural hardware (his specialty) when he came across hand-forged artifacts made by blacksmiths to entertain folks at the local taverns. He started making reproductions of some of the antique designs, as well as creating his own original designs. Today, Dennis runs Tucker-Jones House with his wife, Donna, and all of their Tavern Puzzles are handcrafted and individually assembled in East Setauket, N.Y.

The puzzles vary in complexity, ranging from the relatively straightforward Iron Heart to the incredibly complex, 43-step Patience Puzzle. None of the puzzles requires brute force, just a precise manipulation of the pieces. If you get stuck, you can request Tavern Puzzle solutions online—but we’re not giving up yet.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Donna

    Greetings, Daily Grommet fans! Handcrafted, made in USA products are in demand again, and we are honored that Daily Grommet has chosen our puzzles to offer you. Our mind-boggling brainteasers are challenging, baffling, and most important, fun! My husband Dennis is the mastermind and creator of the Tavern Puzzle Collection, so no one knows better than me that puzzles can be….well, puzzling! So if you have any questions, I’m here to answer them.

    Donna Sucilsky, The Boss

  •  Marie Arnold
    Marie Arnold
    6/4/2012 12:30 PM

    I am so happy to see my favorite puzzles on Daily Grommet! These brainteasers have always been entertainment at our yearly Family Reunion. The kids look forward to the new puzzle every year. Such fun!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/4/2012 12:36 PM

    @ Marie Arnold - What a great tradition!

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    6/4/2012 12:56 PM

    @ Marie Arnold - Thanks, Marie. We're happy to hear that our puzzles are part of your family traditions. The kids are really going to like this year's design - Smartypants. Happy Puzzling!

  •  Diana
    6/4/2012 1:29 PM

    My nephew is 12 years old. Are these suitable for that age? And if yes, which 2 would you recommend I start with for him?

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    6/4/2012 1:49 PM

    @ Diana Hi Diana. Thanks for your question. Although Tavern Puzzles are not specifically marketed for children, older kids can handle them just fine. If your nephew does not have any experience with this type of puzzle, I suggest the basic and intermediate levels. Bottoms Up and Tinker's Bell would be good choices. They will present enough of a challenge without being too frustrating. And once he masters them, there is great "show off" potential, especially with Bottom's Up.

  •  Katie O'Connor
    Katie O'Connor
    6/4/2012 3:06 PM

    I love giving these puzzles out as gifts! They're so unique and sturdy, they are truly gifts of substance that are guaranteed to please! Great fun at parties and gatherings, too.

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    6/4/2012 3:17 PM

    @ Katie O'Connor Thank you for your kinds words, Katie! You're right: The puzzles are great fun at parties - they are conversation starters and are entertaining. Here's something to try at your next gathering: See who can solve a puzzle blindfolded. It's surprisingly difficult, even when you already know how to solve a particular design. Bragging rights also if you can work the puzzle behind your back.

    Happy Puzzling!

  •  Craig Confer
    Craig Confer
    6/6/2012 12:01 AM

    These puzzles are the best! Something the family can and will hand down for generations to come. Good old American Quality and Ingenuity, second to none.

    Tucker-Jones House is a joy to deal with. I have spoken with Donna on many occasions and it's just like talking with a friend! She has done what ever she could to make me happy.

    I can't wait year to year to see the new puzzle revealed. Get one, for now. Pretty soon, you'll want them all. Don't worry, besides all of the puzzles standing on their own as works of art, you can show off your Tavern Puzzles with many beautifully crafted display pieces.

    Obviously, I just can't say enough! Go now, buy some puzzles, have a blast!!

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    6/6/2012 1:45 PM

    @ Craig Confer Wow, Craig! You say the nicest things! One of the things I like best about managing our puzzle business is connecting with our customers. Puzzles are a fun product, so it's easy to enjoy what we do. But it wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable without our terrific and loyal puzzle fans. Thank you so much for sharing on the Daily Grommet; we are honored.

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