I am a Dad who loves a good puzzle. When the Tucker-Jones House asked if we wanted to try out a few of their Tavern Puzzles, we said sure. How hard could a puzzle called Iron Heart be? Dirty Dog… that one sounded more like a beer than a puzzle. Long Island Catch, sounds easy enough, bring it on and I’ll have my kids do it!
Notice A Lack Of Quality Writing At Dad Does Last Week? Blame the Tavern Puzzles!
Holy smokes these puzzles are hard! We suffered a major hit in productivity at Dad Does last week, we were addicted to trying to solve these beautiful reproductions of antique wrought iron puzzles. We knew we were in trouble when it took us many hours to solve the Iron Heart – a “basic” puzzle.
You really need to see these puzzles to understand their appeal…
Tavern Puzzles – Simple Designs That Produce Complex Challenges
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, Dennis Sucilsky, 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 in the USA. Each puzzle is mechanical in nature; removal of the object piece does not rely on force or trickery.
The first thing you notice when you pick up a puzzle is the quality. There is something very satisfying about holding a solid mild steel puzzle in your hands. It has a great weight and great sound as you struggle through trying to remove a piece from the puzzle. Which brings us to the second thing you notice when you pick one up – they are hard! Don’t confuse the word “Basic” (as Tucker Jones House calls Iron Heart) with easy. Basic really means you have some chance of not going insane.
The Thrill of Victory Makes The Wasted Hours Seem Less Wasted
The puzzles are hard. As we said in the video, The Dirty Dog, which is only Group 4 (groups 1 – 8, with 8 being the most difficult) stumped George H. Bush and he had to ask for the solution. You will get frustrated, you will curse all the time you waste on it and then you will feel like you just found the cure for cancer when you solve it.
Solutions? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Solutions!
The Tavern Puzzles from Tucker Jones House come in a very nice bag and have some interesting information on the history of the tavern puzzles. What you will not find in the bag is a solution to the puzzle. We think this is a great idea, make people suffer work for it! If you do want to admit defeat, you can find solutions on their web site.
Forget Toys For The Kids – About Time Us Dads and Moms Got a Toy
We have been doing a large number of toy reviews for kids on this site. Sure, as parents, we need to know about toys for the kids, but it is about time us parents got a toy we can play with. The Tavern Puzzles looks like a piece of art sitting on a coffee table, but once someone picks it up it becomes an addictive toy.
Tucker-Jones House makes a large assortment of puzzles in various styles, shapes and levels of difficulty. It is also refreshing to hear the story of Dennis Sucilsky, the founder of the company. Mr. Sucilsky is a museum trained blacksmith who was researching artifacts from an Inn when he came across the iron puzzles. In the early 1980s he started the Tavern Puzzle Collection and he has been expanding on it ever since.
Conclusion: Tavern Puzzle Collection from Tucker-Jones House
In case you have not figured it out yet, we love the Tavern Puzzle Collection. If you know anyone who likes a good puzzle, you absolutely need to get them a Tavern Puzzle. The quality is first rate and the puzzles are extremely challenging. You can even get your puzzle personalized for a small additional charge.
If you do not like challenging puzzles, this is obviously not the product for you. If you do like puzzles, this is a must have for your collection and if you know anyone who likes puzzles, this makes an incredible gift. Of course, with Father’s Day coming up, this would be the perfect gift.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to go try to solve Long Island catch – which means we will not be doing any articles for the next 10 years or so.
Tavern Puzzle Collection Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -
Any Product That Receives 4 or 5 D’s is Dad Does Approved!
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Tavern Puzzle Collections by Tucker-Jones House, prices start at $22.
FULL DISCLOSURE: We received The Tavern Puzzle Collection to review. We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy a Tavern Puzzle. If you buy a level 8 Tavern Puzzle and go insane trying to solve it, please do not sue us. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!
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