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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Capital H

Here is another really clever wooden puzzle that was very kindly sent to me by Oy Sloyd Ab in Finland, and it is called Capital H:

Capital H (and several other of Sloyd's designs) was thought up by Vesa Timonen, a brilliant puzzle designer who has come up with many great puzzles, including one of my favourites; the Cast Loop by Hanayama, but it is actually made by Sloyd themselves.

It is comprised of seven wooden pieces. Just like the Raketti that I reviewed last week it is also made from birch wood, which I find has a really nice feel to it.

The goal of this puzzle is to make a capital letter 'H' using all of the seven pieces provided that you can see in the above photo. I won't lie, I found this to be quite a hard puzzle, it took me several days of on-and-off puzzling to solve it, and I did have to smile when I did eventually find the solution, it is very clever. Sloyd rate this puzzle as a level 5 out of 5, and I think that's a pretty reasonable rating. As always though I don't want to go into too much detail and spoil it for any of you, but trust me when I say that considering the price is so cheap (about €7) you really do get your money's worth here!

Once again this puzzle was very kindly sent to me by the lovely people at Oy Sloyd Ab in Finland, and you can order this puzzle (and many many others) directly from them. And honestly I cannot praise them enough, they are a pleasure to deal with!


  1. For 3 days I was intrigued by this blog & puzzle, could not stop thinking it over and trying to make it fit. Only virtually of course, because I did not have the pieces.
    After looking at Oli's picture over and over again, and drawing a few sketches with pencil on paper, I suddenly understood how it had to be done. that was a great discovery, but I had no 'physical proof' that my idea was right. Today I finally took the time, a square rod, and a saw, and made myself the 7 pieces. The proof is now right here in front of me!
    Thank you Oli, I would not have had this great experience without your blog!

  2. Hey Louis! I'm not only impressed that you solved this puzzle without the actual pieces, but also at the fact that you built a copy yourself to try it out! Very impressive! I'm really glad that my post intrigued you to try out this puzzle, I reckon you should take a look at another of Vesa Timonen's designs called 'Double Squared', I think you'll like it.

    1. Not sure if I have solved this already (I doubt it) since I didn't get the solution slip or find any information (basically apart from this) about the puzzle. Therefore, is the solution "even" as in does it form letter H with no vertical difference in the "build"?

    2. Hiya! I'm not a fan of posting hints or solutions on my blog, but please do feel free to drop me an email, and I'll happily give you some advice if you need it.


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