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  • Tavern Puzzles by Tucker-Jones - 1

Tavern Puzzles

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  • Materials: Steel. Some designs have wooden beads
  • Made for a Lifetime
  • Packaged in drawstring cloth bags with an information sheet indicating the object of the puzzle
  • Solutions are NOT included
  • Dimensions: 8" to 14" x 4" to 6"
  • Weight: 1 lb. Puzzle Descriptions:
  • Iron Heart and Bottom's Up: Basic puzzles. These are reproductions of antique designs with only a few steps
  • Tinker's Bell: Intermediate, with more complex and mutli-step solutions. It is straightforward, making it easy to teach and share
  • Dirty Dog and Smartypants: Difficult. They are multi-step, more interactive, and fun to demonstrate if you know how
  • The Patience Puzzle: The most complex and difficult. This is a 6 ring version of the Chinese ring puzzle, which has a 43 step solution

5 avg. (42 reviews)

Made in the USA

Tavern Puzzles

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Handcrafted, intellectual, artistic, mind-boggling iron hand puzzles. A museum-trained blacksmith designed these steel brainteasers to retain the look and feel of hand-forged ironware. Each puzzle is mechanical in nature and the object is to remove one piece. Neither force nor tricks are involved—old fashioned problem solving and perseverance are all that you need. These Tavern Puzzles intrigue young and old alike and are recommended for ages 10 and up.
Made in the USA

Donna Sucilsky

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.