That which is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, non-conforming. Usually harmless. Much like its creator, the blacksmith! (2004)
Object: Remove large ring.
100% Handcrafted in the USA
The Tavern Puzzle Collection is divided into eight groups. Group 1 is the simplest. The groups become progressively more difficult, ending with the most complex, Group 8.
Reproductions of antique designs, with only a few steps. Our first and most familiar designs.
Original designs. Basic, with only a few steps. Fun and easy to learn.
More complex, with multi-step solutions. Straightforward, making them easy to teach and share.
This group is also multi-step, but the moves are more interactive. Fun to demonstrate if you know how.
Multi-step sequences with close tolerances. More perseverance than luck is needed.
Be wary of false steps in the layered solutions. For the true collector.
Requires a lot of concentration to master the large number of moves, and to handle the flexible chain.
Our two most difficult (SP, FR), plus a reproduction of the oldest known puzzle in the world.
All puzzles are made from 6mm steel; some include wooden beads. Dimensions: 8" - 14" long, 4" - 6" wide. Weight: 12 - 20 ounces.
Tavern Puzzles® are reproductions of a type of puzzle traditionally forged by blacksmiths to amuse their friends at country taverns and inns. Keeping with tradition, a museum-trained blacksmith from Long Island has reproduced some of these antique designs as well as his own original designs. All the puzzles are handcrafted and individually assembled. Each puzzle is mechanical in nature; removal of the object piece does not rely on force or trickery.