Prototype Dodecahedron Box
This was the first prototype of the Dodecahedron Box.
This is the first puzzle I have designed that requires a series of rotational
movements to open. It is also my first puzzle design that matches up
into a pattern when it is unlocked.
I made this piece out of two African woods. The lighter wood is called
Sabuni. The darker is called Muteneye. Muteneye finishes gorgeous. However,
I found out the hard way that it is extremely toxic. The Muteneye sawdust
made me extremly ill. For a month I could not return to my studio.While
I was recovering I spent my time learning web design. One closed door
Unlike the finished Dodecahedron Box, the lid does not work on a hinge.
All the pentagonal sides rotate except for two. When three of the five
sides are rotated away from holding the lid in place it can be opened
Technically this is a separate puzzle from the Dodecahedron Box, which
won the awards in Tokyo. The sequence is different. It actually requires
58 moves to release the lid.
Only one was made.