Along with games we also like to pick up unique puzzles for our Thrift Treasure series. Not the typical jigsaw type, but 3D versions usually made from metal, wood or plastic. This week not only will I show you a wooden one from one of the oldest game companies in the States, my 10-year-old will embarrass us all by showing you how easy (not) it is to solve!
This Tree Puzzle by Drueke Games was issued some time ago. There is no date to be found anywhere on the box or puzzle, but by the design and font choices I would put it solidly in the 1950’s or 1960’s. Drueke itself has been in business since 1914 (over 100 years!) and is widely known for their wooden puzzles, checkers and chess boards. All hand-made in their factory in Michigan, they are now in their third generation of family owners and still offer a wide range of game and puzzle products!
The premise behind the Tree Puzzle is simple – move all of the blocks from one post to another. You must move them one at a time and never stack a larger one on top of a smaller one. Pretty easy to do for the first few planks, but not so much when you start getting to the lower levels.
As you would expect with any hand-made product, the fit is not perfect. The planks vary in width and the holes are tight on some of them. This definitely gives the puzzle some character, even if the fit can frustrate you a bit. But what would a puzzle be without knowing how to do it and what it looks like when it is finished? Our puzzle prodigy, Kennedy, decided to give it a quick run-through to show you how the whole thing is done. Can you keep up?