Tavern Puzzles® evolved from reproductions of hand-forged artifacts that Dennis Sucilsky came across while researching architectural hardware. As a blacksmith, Dennis was able to use his knowledge of iron-working and tool making for production of metal puzzles. The earliest Tavern Puzzles® are based on designs centuries old. New styles are added on a regular basis; some of these are original designs, others are new versions of classics.
Tucker-Jones House, Inc. was established in 1975. It is a family business, owned and operated by Dennis and Donna Sucilsky. Dennis Sucilsky is a museum trained, traditional blacksmith. His specialty is 18th and 19th century architectural hardware. In 1980, Dennis began production of metal puzzles. Incorporating both traditional and original designs, the Tavern Puzzle® Collection emerged. Tucker-Jones House, Inc. is the only company that makes the Tavern Puzzle® Collection. Their trademark assures quality, value, and service. All puzzles are 100% Handcrafted in the USA.
The purpose of any puzzle is to provide a challenge, entertainment, and fun. The Tavern Puzzle® Collection does all three, on several different levels. The Tavern Puzzle Collection has four categories of difficulty, starting with Basic and ending with Complex.
Basic: Only a few steps. Good for beginners and in social settings.
Intermediate: More steps than basic designs, but straightforward.
Difficult: Multi-step sequences; some are combined maneuvers from basic and intermediate categories. Often with close tolerances that require precise movements.
Complex: Many moves and flexible chains, requiring a lot of concentration. Not recommended for novices.
All puzzles are made from 6mm steel; some include wooden beads. Dimensions: 8” – 14” long, 4” – 6” wide. Weight: 12 – 20 ounces.
Puzzles are packaged in a drawstring muslin bag with information sheet that shows the puzzle and the objective. Solutions are not packaged with the puzzles, but can be viewed here on the Tavern Puzzles website.